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Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:13 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 11:21 pm
After 14 years, Manning and Irsay are getting set to split. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are breaking up, and they’ll make it official at a news conference Wednesday,'s Mike Freeman has confirmed.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

The decision isn’t a surprise, considering Indianapolis was highly unlikely to pay Manning his $28 million bonus when so much about the health of his neck is unknown.

Thus ends a 14-year partnership when Manning took over a moribund Colts squad and helped develop the franchise into one of the best in the NFL.

Sources tell Mortensen that Manning -- who will be in attendance at the presser along with owner Jim Irsay -- will try to continue his career.

But this day was due to come. No matter how much love is shared by Irsay and Manning -- and despite their pissing contest this offseason, the two have had a strong relationship during their time together -- the Colts couldn’t continue on with a Manning-sized quarterback question. It's all but certain that Indianapolis will take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in the draft, and though a Luck apprenticeship under Manning would have been fine for a year or two (even Luck said he’d be cool with it), it wouldn’t have helped the organization if Manning decided he wants to play another half-decade.

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And what of Manning’s health? A workout video of what appeared to be Manning was leaked last weekend, and Manning -- if it really was him -- appeared to be in fine form. But remember, a report a few weeks ago said that Manning actually had a fourth neck procedure and that he might need another spinal fusion.

The spin emanating from both sides was almost comparable to the current Presidential race. You didn’t know what to believe.
Well, we can believe this: we have seen the last of Manning in a Colts uniform.

Which leads us to this question: Where does he go from here? The Dolphins seem to be a front-runner, because of the supposed Manning infatuation of owner Stephen Ross. As do the Cardinals, who could be willing to end the one-year Kevin Kolb experiment, and the Redskins -- who are always willing to try to become the offseason champion. The Chiefs and the Jets also could be in play, especially considering Romeo Crennel and Rex Ryan haven’t given their respective quarterbacks huge endorsements.

Also, this is bad news for Matt Flynn, who automatically becomes less interesting to the league when Manning hits the market. And depending on when Manning signs with another team -- which, if he’s released, he could do immediately, as opposed to waiting until free agency begins March 13 -- he could have an effect on the teams that might be interested in trading with the Rams for the right to draft Robert Griffin III.

Though we seemingly know the outcome to the Manning-Colts marriage, there are still plenty of questions to be answered in the weeks to come.

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Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:32 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Jerry Rice in a Seahawks uniform?

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:20 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

This is all on Manning. He was paid $20+M last year to watch his team and was going to let Indy take another 28+M of a payroll hit; to see if he is his old self. If he truely wanted to stay in Indy he would have restructured. He is a smart and shrued business man and knows the PR game well. Don't let his emotions fool you. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE $$$$$!

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:48 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:38 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday


Peyton Manning is a classless douche bag and hopefully he suffers a career ending injury.

Ted... this would have been a great post if you put something worth reading it.  Seriously?  That's your statement?  I hope you were doing it to just get a rise out of some folks... 'cuz this was stupid ****.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:52 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I can't belive that I'm typing this, but I highly doubt that there is much interest in a potential pro bowl QB such as Peyton Manning in Detroit.  Whoa, was that a pig flying by?

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:52 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday


Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Peyton Manning is a classless douche bag and hopefully he suffers a career ending injury.


Ted Bassmaster, What the hell kind of a thing is that to say about someone? Even if you don't like the guy, don't wish injury on him. Totally Classless thing to say. Typical Eagles fan. 

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:46 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday you are the one that is clueless! Wishing bad things on people really? You're probably one of those cool guys that stalk players and give death threats when they perform badly aren't you?

Get out of mom's basement and do something with your life. Karma!  

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:45 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I had the pleasure of listening to the news conference on my way to work today.  Peyton Manning is a CLASS ACT!  It sounded like a very emotional event and it was well worth the listen.  Peyton and Irsay repect each other and it was almost like listening to a father/son interview because he loved being a Colt.  Peyton brought the Colts to a championship...but most importantly, when he was a Colt, they were always contenders.  He understood football and the importance of the fans.  A true role model!

Now, where should he go next???  Personally...I would like to see #18 where a Seahawk uniform.  We have a decent o-line that will protect him...our receiver corp is young...but if we can get Peyton...maybe we can get Reggie Wayne to follow him...The Seattle fans would welcome him with open arms because they want to see a winner and T-Jax at QB cannot produce a winner.

Please Mr. up that never-ending checkbook and do some convincing!  We need a QB and Peyton could easily be the answer for a few years and he can mentor a young rookie!  Its time for CHANGE at the QB position in Seattle.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:44 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

hmmm 35 yrs old neck surgeries!!!! and 28 million. i would do the same thing cut him

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:38 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Yelli don't know why the owner released the greatest qb of all time bassiclly you just flushed your season down the damn crapper the colts were nothing without payton manning unites never won a superbowl nor got there i would love to kick that owner's ass

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