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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, CBSSport.com'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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Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:39 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

This is great news for the Seahawks, now we can go get Matt Flynn, and we won't have to bet the farm.  He will be the 4th most coveted QB including this year's draft.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

This is great news for the Seahawks, now we can go get Matt Flynn, and we won't have to bet the farm.  He will be the 4th most coveted QB including this year's draft.



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Which is the oddest thing to picture?

Johnny Unitas in a Chargers uniform?
Joe Namath in a Rams uniform?
Kenny Stabler in an Oiler uniform?
Joe Montana in a Chiefs uniform?
Tony Dorsett in a Broncos uniform?
Franco Harris in a Seahawks uniform?
Emmitt Smith in a Cardinals uniform?
Larry Csonka in a Giants uniform?
Jerry Rice in a Raider uniform?
Issac Bruce in a 49er uniform?
Peyton Manning in a non-Colt uniform?

Any others that I missed?

I would say LaDainian Tomlinson in a Jets uniform but I am interested to see Peyton play for a contender next season if possible.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:36 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Frankly, I will miss Peyton Manning in a Colts uniform. It is very much like missing Emmitt Smith in a Cowboys uniform. However, I do understand the money aspect of it all, but a guy who led your team for so many years and gave so much, it seems like a sad epitath to a great champion.

Moving on, I hope Manning gets to play with the Cardinals, because I believe they have Larry Fitzgerald and a lot of young talent. However, Manning might be eating a lot of turf in Arizona. If he becomes a Redskins player, then I will puke, because that may mean two more losses for the Cowboys this coming season.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:34 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Hopefully he will sign with someone soon. Hopefully with sub-par receivers so we won't have to here from him again.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

if his daddy says its ok he should go to arizona !



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Ten dollars to a donut says Peyton plays in Washington.



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

How about splitting time with Eli on the Giants?  Each guy could get a quarter, sort of a Wildcat on steroids...  Just a fantasy of my own making but wherever Peyton goes I hope he has a Killer offensive line!!



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Thurman Thomas in a Dolphins uniform !



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:25 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

peyton will make a difference where ever he goes


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