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Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:00 am
No matter what Chris Traeger might tweet, Manning plans on playing football again. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

While one Manning prepares for a Super Bowl, another is just trying to get healthy. Eli is headed to Indianapolis for a Giants-Patriots rematch (even if in name only). Peyton, meanwhile, continues to recover from neck surgery that kept him sidelined for the 2011 season, played no small part in the Colts' 2-14 record, owner Jim Irsay's subsequent housecleaning, and the team's plans to take a quarterback with its well-earned first-overall pick.

Thanks to Rob Lowe, fictional Indiana native, Manning was supposedly retiring. This literally is not true.

Manning spoke Monday with the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz about what lies ahead and it most certainly involves playing football.

“I never thought `Sodapop Curtis’ would announce my retirement,’’ Manning said, referring to Lowe’s character in the 1983 movie “The Outsiders.’’ “I always thought I would be the one to announce it. I’m a huge fan of the movie, but that caught me way off guard. I can’t explain it. I know (Lowe) is a friend of Jim’s (Irsay), and Jim sounded surprised.’’

Manning said he finally met with new general manager Ryan Grigson, who hinted that his future in Indianapolis will be determined by the owner.

"One thing he (Grigson) kind-of, sort-of told me, without really wanting to tell me, was that Irsay will be the guy I'm going to sit down and talk with. That's going to happen at some point, but we haven't had that conversation yet because we really don't need to have that conversation yet."

Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus the first week of March and whether the Colts decide to give it to him will largely be determined by his health.

"You know I don't like to say something like, 'There’s no way I can play Sunday,' then come out and play Sunday and everybody in the media is writing 'I can’t believe he’s playing,'" Manning told Kravitz. "I'm not into the drama. And I'm not into saying, 'Well, this is it, I sure have enjoyed it.' I'm not into saying goodbye. All I know is I'm still under contract to the Colts. I'm still the quarterback of the Colts That's why I'm in the building every day trying to get healthy."

Manning also lamented that the upheaval in the front office and on the coaching staff has "Everybody walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change. … I mean, it's 20 degrees, it's snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices," he said.

"I guess it's the reality of the football world, just not something I've had to deal with very often. But I'm in there every day, so I have to sit there and see it. Everybody's being evaluated and I'm no different. It's not the best environment."

Whatever happens in coming weeks, this much is certain: if the Colts are ready to move on from Manning, there will be plenty of teams interested in his services.

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Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:23 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Lowe is an idiot. he doew not know what is in the mind of an NFL player. the career and chance to be relevant is short.  $28 million- you don't just walk away from that.  Footbqll careers is not like beung an actor. ther eare very few roles to play after you quit the game.

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:10 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

san fransisco would be nice, but i don't think they are going to let go of alex smith.  i wonder why nobody is saying anything about denver. seems perfect.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:59 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:03 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I'm sticking with my position that the Colts are stupid if they draft Luck and cut Manning.  Every indication is that Manning is on the right path and WILL play next season.  In that capacity he is a known commodity and probably among the top 5 QBs and competitors to every play football.  He likely has at least 2-3 years left in him, and they should do a very thorough physical evaluation of him to make sure he is on track.  If he is, why on earth would the Colts gamble on a franchise QB at this stage, when Luck would have to ride pine for those 2-3 years?  Better to trade that pick to another team who needs to gamble on getting a franchise QB NOW, and walk away with a couple extra first round picks and maybe a couple early round picks this year.  Peyton's absense shined a spotlight on just how many holes this team has, and if they can stock up on 4-5 early rounders over the next two years, and rely on Manning to be the glue that binds them together, they'll rebound much more quickly than if they grab Luck and waste him sitting behind Manning.  If the plan is to trade Manning, they better get some good picks/players, because there is zero guarantee Luck will actually pan out.  If he goes the way of Smith, Leaf or Sanchez (I don't think there's any chance for an implosion of Russell's proportions...) then the Colts are stuck with ground chuck while knowing they traded away Grade Black Angus Sirlion!  There are no certainties in the NFL (or life), but given that you have a fairly good likelihood of getting back one of the all time greats (tested and proven) and the undisputed, established leader of your team, why would you throw that away and "what might be"? 
No, trade that pick, ride Manning a few more seasons, secured a fresh crop of young elite draft picks, and look to the draft in 2 years to find Mannings replacement.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:53 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I dont see Manning playing for the Colts unless he re-structures his deal. 28 million dollars is alot of money to pay a guy (even Manning) when you are not sure about his health. The smart business move would be to trade for as many picks as you can get and build for the future. I know it doesnt seem right but football is a business and lets face it ,the Colts roster is old.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:38 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

If there is a way to restructure Mannings deal I think that is what he and Irsay should and will do.  Elite quarterbacks are such a commodity in the NFL today the Colts would be wise to hold tight to both.  Right now they can have a guy that at least MIGHT be a top tier QB someday in Luck,  and a guy that at least USED to be in Manning.  If I'm Irsay I wanna know who is who for SURE before cutting Payton loose.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:25 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Manning will not see that bonus, but it's not because they couldn't pay the money. Remember that the new CFL agreement limits rookie's salaries and Luck can only get a limited amount of money (bonus included) for the first two years...

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:59 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

How can they get rid of the " Franchise " player in Peyton Manning for a guy who hasn't even been drafted yet, in Andrew Luck? The team gave Peyton a multi-million dollar contract just a few years ago, how can they re-nig on their deal now? People call for the heads of players who sit-out wanting a bigger contract in the beginning of the season. The team made an investment in Peyton, they should live up to it. Peyton still has a few good years left. 

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:46 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

    Stokomo, very good point.  Of course, it helped immensely that the Niners had Steve Young on the roster in making this decision.  It should be interesting to see if Indy will commit 28 mil to Peyton while having the opportunity to draft Luck. 

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:45 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Manning and the Colts had 12 great years. Time to move on and Manning showing his real colors. All is well along as he can perform at a high level. The real question is whether or not Manning will be healthy enough to play again period. Colts have been more than gracious and its Manning who's having a tough time. 28mil roster bonus is all I need to hear. Are you serious ?

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