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Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:57 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 7:25 pm
 
'There’s no question it can be worked out if [Peyton] wants to be here.' - owner Jim Irsay (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

By all accounts, Indianapolis' first Super Bowl was a resounding success. From all the things the host committee could control (hotels, media, fans, transportation), to even those it couldn't (the weather), it was a seamless process that made last year's Super Bowl in Dallas seem more like Thunderdome.

If there was one blemish -- albeit a tiny one -- it was the after-school-special-style drama that played out between Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and team owner Jim Irsay. Whether the leaks about Manning's health were planned or not (we think they were), the fact remains: Peyton's neck injury is serious enough to raise questions about his future in Indy, and it's to the point where just about everybody figures he'll be playing elsewhere in 2012 (or whenever he's healthy).

Manning's Offseason Saga
Except that Irsay now seems amenable to keeping Peyton in Indy. (Seriously, we're almost at the point where Manning and the Colts are like that insane couple you know who break up every few months in a spectacularly public spectacle only to get back together days later to try to make it work. And because they really, really love each other.)

“We can make it work if he wants to be here,’’ Irsay told the Indianapolis Star's Mike Chappell Tuesday. “We’d be excited to have him back and finish his career with us.

“I want him to be able to make the choice. We would love to have him back here if he can get healthy and we can look at doing a contract that reflects the uncertainty of the . . . healing process with the regeneration of the nerve.’’

Manning, 35, missed the 2011 season while he recovered from multiple neck surgeries. The Colts went 2-14, Irsay subsequently cleaned house, and now, with a new front office, coaching staff and the first overall pick, looks to rebuild a franchise that Peyton led to one championship, 11 playoff appearances, eight 12-plus-win seasons, and a 141-67 record.

“There’s no question it can be worked out if he wants to be here,’’ Irsay, who has concerns over Manning’s long-term health, told the Star. “It can work if he wants to come back and can get back to being the old Peyton.’’

Of course, this won't preclude the Colts from taking a quarterback with that top pick. And it also means that Manning, should he want to stay, won't be in line for the $28 million bonus that's due March 8. Irsay expects to meet with Peyton in the next week, and as Chappell notes, the $28 million bonus activates the final four years and $90 million of his current contract.

In light of Irsay's comments, here are Manning's choices: a) don't budge off the $28 million and expect the Colts to release him (there will be plenty of interest in Manning's services in free agency, no matter his current health status), or b) rework his contract and stay with the Colts where he'll most likely serve as a mentor to Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.

It still seems like a long shot that Manning would return to the Colts, primarily because if he thinks he can play at a high level for 2-3 more years, he won't get that opportunity in Indy if the new franchise quarterback is standing over his shoulder.

The Star's Bob Kravitz guesses that Manning won't "be thrilled" when the owner and the quarterback eventually talk because any scenario that includes Peyton and the Colts in the same sentence will also mean that he'll have to take a hefty paycut to stay in town.

"The franchise looks good here either way," Kravitz wrote Tuesday night. "If he leaves, then the Colts can say, 'Well, it’s on Peyton. That was his choice.’' If he returns, it’s going to be on the Colts’ terms, and while Manning comes off as the ultimate hero, the Colts and Irsay get some of that reflected glory."

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Comments

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

Peyton, leave and go to one of the teams in the Colts division.  If he wants to set himself up as a good guy, be the bad guy.  You're way better than Favre was when he did the same thing. 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

bone head move of gettin rid of the greatest QB of Colts history


... because Unitas went on to a great career in San Diego!  LMAO!


If keeping Unitas around for fan appeal is the way to run a football team then the Colts ought to start his embalmed corpse.  Hey, maybe that's why they're keeping Ted Williams' head on ice... Gotta say, with no strike zone, Ted's head could be an offensive threat.  Offensive.  Like the comment about Unitas' corpse.   

  




Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:13 pm
 

Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

"I am in blood Stepped I so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er." ~Macbeth



Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

Could Jimmy remember daddy Irsay's bone head move of gettin rid of the greatest QB of Colts history when he got rid of Johnny Unites along with many other fan favorites back when he came to Baltimore.  When his daddy did this he lost a lot of his fan base.  I can't blame jimmy for not wanting to repeat history.  He seem much smart than his father was.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:48 pm
 

Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

Come on, I don't care who's looking over Peyton Manning's shoulder, if Peyton is playing at the level of the old Peyton the successor will continue waiting in line

Andrew Luck isn't waiting in anybody's line, he's most likely going to be the Colts starting qb for the 2012 season.  Irsay is full of crap, everything he said is just good P.R crap to keep the Peyton Manning fans in Indi happy.  The last thing he wants is for Indi fans to think he ran Peyton out of town, it gets tough for an organization to rebuild if the fans aren't behind the team.

Peyton Manning isn't going to be the nice guy here.  He's not going to just forfeit the 28 million dollar roster bonus and remaining 90 million dollars on his deal without testing free agency, that's just not gonna happen.  Sure, hypothetically speaking if the Colts contract offer if the best one on the table then maybe, just MAYBE he stays in Indi but we all know Peyton Manning is going to get monster offers from competing teams in the NFL.

And he's likely to choose take the best offer.... he's gone. 



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

Come on, I don't care who's looking over Peyton Manning's shoulder, if Peyton is playing at the level of the old Peyton the successor will continue waiting in line.  Aaron Rodgers would have remained waiting behind Favre had Favre not kept playing his stupid emotional mind games of thinking of retirement then coming back.  Peyton is a field general like we've never seen before in the NFL.  He is able to throw and be the offensive coordinator all at the same time.  If you have the successor waiting in the wings, you let that person sit and watch Peyton do his thing and be the master of the field for as long as you can (meanwhile you may have a very competitive team which will mean more sold out games and more money).


This has to be one o the smarter posts I have read on here in a long time.  They way these idiotic writers write you would swear Andrew Luck was the greatest QB of all time but he hasnt played a pro snap yet.  He could end up being as bad as Andre Ware or Ty Detmer.  As long as Manning is one of the two best in the league why would you play Luck over him unless Luck is better?



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:32 pm
 

A $28 million loyalty chip

Look at the $28 million as a loyalty chip.  If Irsay wants Manning back, he will honor his contract.  If he doesn't want Manning back, he will insult him by voiding the contract.  When Irsay declines to pay the roster bonus, he will have officially said, "it's all about the money."  This will release Manning from any loyalty that he may have owed Indy.  

From then on, it should be a matter of whoever wants to come up with the best combination of money and a chance to get back to the Super Bowl.  I'm betting it won't be Irsay. 



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:15 pm
 

Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

And I want 10 minutes on the holodeck with seven of nine!



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:58 pm
 

Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

Come on, I don't care who's looking over Peyton Manning's shoulder, if Peyton is playing at the level of the old Peyton the successor will continue waiting in line.  Aaron Rodgers would have remained waiting behind Favre had Favre not kept playing his stupid emotional mind games of thinking of retirement then coming back.  Peyton is a field general like we've never seen before in the NFL.  He is able to throw and be the offensive coordinator all at the same time.  If you have the successor waiting in the wings, you let that person sit and watch Peyton do his thing and be the master of the field for as long as you can (meanwhile you may have a very competitive team which will mean more sold out games and more money).



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:49 pm
 

Irsay 'would love to have' Manning back in Indy

Since when has honesty been an integral part of this process? Of course he doesn't want to keep Manning. He can't wait to draft Luck, trade Manning and pick up some more draft picks on the way. What's laughable is that pretty much everyone knows this is the case, he just says it because its 'the right thing to say'. Funny how we accept this as normal.



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