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Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:56 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:34 am
Manning says he feels 'real good' despite reports. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning's the name no one can stop talking about at Super Bowl XLVI. His silence during the early part of the week is part of the reason why everyone from Eli Manning to Tom Brady has been quizzed (or had their verbiage scrutinized) about the Colts quarterback.

On Tuesday, Manning emerged from hiding and told ESPN in an interview that, despite reports to the contrary, he "really feel[s] good," that he has no plans to retire, but that he also has "no set timetable" for how long he'll play in the NFL.

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"I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day," he said. "Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out."

Not surprisingly, Manning has no plans to retire. But he also has no idea how long he'll play in the NFL.

"[There's] no set timetable," Manning said when discussing how long he'd play in the NFL. "I really don't. I've played a long time. I'm grateful for the time that I've played so far, and I have nothing to complain about. How much longer, we'll see."

Manning also talked about his relationship with Jim Irsay and their upcoming decision. He said that he and Irsay's relationship has "always been great" and will "continue to be great," and that the two wouldn't be talking about the decision on whether Manning will remain a Colt until after the Super Bowl.

Interestingly, Manning believes Irsay will make that decision before the March 8 deadline in Peyton's contract.

"I think the sooner the better, I really do," Manning said. "Jim and I talk constantly, we really do. We're in constant communication, and after this week is over, we'll do it, and we'll make a good plan from there. Either way, it's going to be good. I'm at peace, and it'll be a positive thing, I can assure you."

Unfortunately for Manning, it's pretty unlikely that the rest of the football-watching world will be at peace until a decision is actually made. Which means the next six days are going to continue to center around his future with the Colts.

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Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:05 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

tw200 - you are so wrong! there is no opportunity to trade manning unless they pay the 28mil, and even then they must take a portion as a hit on the cap. if they do not sign him by the mar 8 deadline then he becomes a free agent.. no trades no picks no nothing...period! in my world this is well before the draft and of course the horseshoe hasnt decided who they are taking yet! rrrrrright!

in regards to waiving the deal and restructuring... not a chance. the union will never allow it and the only way out would be for peyton to become a free agent and if no team claims him or signs him the indy could negoitiate with him.

either way i think he made it clear, nothing has been determined right now .... but keep on guessing posters!!!   

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:59 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Irsay should pay Peyton the 28Million whether Peyton can play or not. Irsay is rich because of Peyton. Peyton would have been rich without Irsay.

Congratulations.  You just made the dumbest post I've ever seen on CBS in my life.  You could have made an argument saying Rex Grossman was always more talented then Manning and as dumb as that is wouldn't have looked as stupid as you do making that statement.   Jim Irsay's father was a successful business man, with or without the NFL Jim Irsay would have been more then fine.

His dad bought the Rams 40 years ago for 19 million dollars.  Do you have any idea what 19 million dollars was 40 years ago?  Had this family never bought an NFL team and just banked most of their money and invested a small portion of it not one person in Jim Irsay's generation would spend 5 minutes working for anybody... anywhere.

On the other hand without the NFL and the Colts Peyton Manning would have been working a regular job just like the rest of us because Archie Manning's salary back in 1971 playing football was hardly anything worth talking about.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:55 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Can somebody please answer this - If Peyton truly wants to finish his career with the Colts could he not re-negotiate all or part of the upcoming 28 million to a later date, and subject to his passing independent health screen? I think the Colts want to keep Manning - they just don't want to take a 28 million dollar gamble. I doubt that any other team is going to take a 28 million dollar gamble either. They would make his salary based on health and incentives.

I'm not a finance guru - but why hasn't this simkple solution been tried?

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:53 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Whether Manning retires or is traded he will not play with the Colts again. His career in Indy is over. The Colts are looking to the future and they need players. They are not a SB contender even with Manning at QB. They'll pick Andrew Luck with the 1st pick and then they'll trade Manning, if he's healthy, for draft picks and/or players and go from there. Luck is the next Peyton Manning, IMO, and goiung this route makes the most sense for the Colt's franchise. There are 20 teams out there that would be interested in manning as there QB so let the fun begin. Irsay is sitting in a good stop.

Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:38 am
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Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:31 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

check out yahoo sports reporting regarding this issue. two sources within the colts organization have confirmed that even though the spinal fusion is healed, the nerves in the arm/shoulder are still not completely healed. in fact the healing is significantly behind schedule and peyton basically can't do anything more than thrown nerf-like footballs. how long will it be before peyton can throw like an NFL QB is supposed to throw, no one knows, but the nerves aren't going to magically heal in the next 2-3 weeks.

peyton is saying all the right things, but everyone in the colts organization already knows peyton ain't getting that $28MIL bonus unless he extends the deadline, which he's not going to do. so.. now the question is, which team is willing to take a risk and offer a team friendly contract, e.g., $10MIL if peyton starts the season opener, $5MIL if he starts 8 games, $5MIL if he starts 16 games, etc.,

leading candidates include: washington (desperate owner w/ history of overpaying big name veterans), miami (ticket sales, QB needy team), arizona (it worked with kurt warner.)

peyton's first choices would be warm weather and/or dome, and preferrably he wouldn't want to be in the same conference as eli (fact: 1 of the reasons archie dictated eli play for nyg was so that him and peyton wouldn't be regularly competing for super bowls and pro bowls against each other in the afc.) don't underestimate archie's meddling influence in this whole process.

prediction: miami; afc team, warm weather, east coast big market, QB needy team with QB friendly new coach, and peyton won his only super bowl there.

Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:16 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Nice, call me a dumbass for pointing out the facts that have already been publicly presented.

He is at no more risk of getting hurt with a hit than any other QB because the bone in the neck is stable and totally fused. This has been stated already. Also, I'm a doctor at a large hospital in Indy where ALL of the athletes go for their care (Methodist Hospital). I know plenty of info about his neck surgery and have spoken face-to-face with some of the docs involved.

I'm not going to get into messageboard namecalling.

Get your facts straight though.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:18 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

I watched the interview yesterday, and I think that both him and Trey Wingo did a good job.  Everyone wanted to hear from him, and Peyton did a good job of saying that the focus really does not need to be on him and rather on the super bowl this week.  Wingo had to ask the questions, although, he must have known that some of them were not going to be answered like people wanted to.  How can Manning speculate what Irsay is going to do...who says that Irsay knows what he is going to do before he does it.  
There is one aspect of the interview that got to me a little bit, why couldn't Trey Wingo look manning in the face when asking the questions?  It's almost like he was trying to figure out on the spot how to ask the questions he did.  I don't know why, but that bothered me!  
I was in Indy on Monday, and there were people that live there that actually say that they believe that Manning was paid not to play....I can't believe that people are saying naive are some fans!  I hope Manning plays next year, and I hope that he plays and mentors Luck on the colts next year!!! 

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:06 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

whats up with all the stupid comments people? just read the article and pay attention when peyton makes statements not interpretation by cbs hack writers. that is why he felt strong about making the statements... too many people making incorrect comments! pay attention!

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:57 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

What do you expect Manning to say? This is about a lot of money. Manning would say that he felt good, and was planning on playing, if he had been in an accident and was a quadraplegic.

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