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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: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:35 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I dont know him personally, so I don't know what kind of guy he is, other than on the field. He has been a great QB for the Colts and is a winner. Wish him good luck in the future. Except when he plays my team.

Ted Bassmaster
Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:27 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:26 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

You guys can debate all the particulars until you're blue in the face.  It does not help the one looming cloud of impending doom.  We're going to have to live through YEARS of reporters finding news ways to use Luck's name.

out of luck, nice to have luck on your side, the luck of the Colts, Luck has everything to do w/ it....

Let's focus on what the real tragedy is going to be here.  I bet ESPN has a staff of writers huddled around Stuart Scott right now testing ideas. 

Oh, the humanity. 

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:10 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Zuteilla, I think you need to polish up on football knowledge as many a QB has had the authority to change plays at the line of scrimmage, Montana, did it, so did Young, Aikman, Kelly, Elway, etc, Even now, Brady, Brees, etc have this authority, hell even Romo does it sometimes. In fact its a widely known fact that Elway ignored Reeves instructions and chose his own plays and thus this is just one reason why the 2 did not get on with each other and Reeves was sent packing.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:04 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I think the Colts are making a mistake. 
it wouldn’t have helped the organization if Manning decided he wants to play another half-decade. 
If Manning somehow is able to miraculously play up to 75% of his form all the way up to a half-decade from now, I'm not sure how that hurts the Colts.  Manning at 75% is still better than 80% of the league.  If Manning is appears to have the potential for being capable to stick around for another five years you can decide what you want to do with Manning or Luck if or when they day comes.   

There's no doubt about it, this will be a major historic decision in the Colts franchise history (maybe even to the level of the decision by the Boston Red Sox to let go of Babe Ruth).  And yet it could also be as gutsy and positive as when the Cowboys decided to move Herschel Walker in exchange for three more Super Bowl victories.  One thing's for certain, this decision wont have an overall neutral outcome for the Colts.  

I would not want to be in Jim Irsay's shoes making this decision right now!

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:55 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Peyton Manning did a lot for the Colts and Indianapolis.......he made a bumbling franchise relevant in a small market.  Every relationship runs its course and so has this one.  Indy has no guarantee that Manning will ever be healthy enough to play again at all, let alone up to his expected greatness.
On a business level, this is a decision Irsay had to make and any GM in the same spot would make the same decision.  Andrew Luck has a bigger upside at this point.  With story breaking about the Saints bounties, you can be Goodell is going to further protect QB's, which means Andrew can feel much safer in the pocket.  He has the skills and youth on his side.
Peyton is a bigger risk.  There will be teams lining up to add Peyton to their roster (Seattle, Cleveland, Denver, KC, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Arizona, Minnesota) the list will be long.  I have to assume that anywhere Peyton goes, he gets a monster contract with as little guaranteed as possible and a lot of incentives based on health and playing time.
Indy may be the luckiest franchise ever.  They not only get Peyton, a long stay and stability and Super Bowl, but they also get the best prospect at QB since Manning to step into his spot.
I wish Peyton nothing but the best, I hope his neck holds up and he can play great somewhere without suffering a career ending or fatal neck injury......nobody deserves that.
I also hope that Andrew Luck can live up to his expectations so that Indy fans can let go of their anger which is ridiculous in the first place.

Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:48 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

There's no doubt Mannings accomplishments are as long as...well, his forehead for one. But he's never going to be relevant in the postseason again. Period. He's washed up with multiple neck surgeries at 36 years old....forget it, he's done. And also, I GUARANTEE that VMI Boise State dude down the list a few has no idea how to spell garentee

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:45 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Now I can get my Manning, Colts jersey on deep discout.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:31 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

this just in..  if he cant come to terms with a contract to his liking this season, manning will portray the role of "corky" in the big screen version od  "life goes on"

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:30 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I think everyone that can spell the word football knew this decision would come.  It was to much of a gamble for the Colts to hang on to him and IF he can't continue his career as the "old Peyton" we saw what the Colts future looks like last year.  Although I do see him as invaluable to Luck as a mentor, although not at $28 million.  The NFL is lucky in that Peyton has the backbone and the personal standards to admit "he can't play at the level he is used to" and will admit it instead of letting a team sign him to a garanteed contract and then sit the bench for three years collecting his paycheck.  I can't see him going to the Jets with Eli in NY too, SF - nope, not going to West Coast, Minn wold be a great choice if AP's knee is alright because they have the defence too, Redskins would be a tough play because I don't see that Coach giving Peyton all the power to run the offense that he had in Indy, the Cards are there too Kolb should have stayed on the bench in Philly.  All in all, it's sad the Peyton/Colts marriage is over, they helped each other to the very top and must part ways.  Good luck to both, as a fan it was a great ride.

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