|Bill Polian on Peyton Manning coming back in 2012: 'I don't know the answer to that.' (Getty Images)|
There's a reasonable chance that Peyton Manning's already played his last game in a Colts uniform. But you'd never get anyone in the organization to admit the possibility that Manning wouldn't return, at least not right now.
Or would you? Bill Polian, speaking on his weekly radio show Monday night said he "didn't know the answer" as to whether or not Manning would be back with Indianapolis next season.
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"I don't know the answer to that," Polian said, per our Colts Rapid Reporter Tom James. "There are so many variables involved that it's impossible to tell at this point in time. It's our fervent hope that he is. But I couldn't unequivocally give you an answer of yea or nay."
Polian's radio shows are almost always an exercise in interesting comments -- and it might seem like the prudent thing for Polian to do in this situation is simply avoid commenting.
After all, the decision to bring Manning back is on the team. As Polian is the guy who makes that decision (although ultimately answering to owner Jim Irsay), he would know whether or not Manning is going to return.
What that means is Charley Casserly's report of the Colts wanting to renegotiate the terms of Manning's option, or at least the deadline for the option, is likely correct.
The Colts will ask Peyton for more time to evaluate his health before committing $28 million to him in 2012. And that's fair. But it's still an ominous sign for Peyton's future in Indy that the guy making the call can't commit to whether or not his franchise quarterback will return.
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