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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: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:45 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Backnine , why after the fines and suspensions and loss of picks , those saints are gonna be the cram puff AINT'S again

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:50 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Here we go again.  Another media outlet breaks the story and can only come in with a headlined story that confirms what has already been reported.  Of course, ESPN has been projecting the Manning/Irsay split for the last six months at least, but now we have confirmation of what we all thought was going to happen.  Again, no one really knows what is going on, which contacts Manning may have made through his agent, how long the Irsays/Manning may have known that they were coming to this point.  And that's okay too.  One thing seems for sure.  The days of a player, no matter how great, being in one uniform for his entire career is a thing of nostalgia...unless said player take the route of Barry Sanders ansd quits while they are definitely on top of their game.  So now that the Manning era is confirmed to be over in Indianapolis, the next object of speculation becomes will he play again and where.  I can't hardly wait for all the insider reports about that.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:59 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

peyton manning was essentially an offensive coordinator on the field. he had the authority to change plays at the line of scrimmage, virtually unheard of in the nfl. good luck to luck, but we are witnessing the end of an era. manning was the only qb to ever own ray lewis. yeah, i said it.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:39 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Wherever he goes, he'd better make sure the Saints aren't on the schedule....just sayin'.....

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:18 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

X-Factor, the Favre/Rodgers situation ended up working REALLY well for GB, don't you think?  Let's see hoe Luck does without Manning around.  He'll need all the "luck" he can get.  Just ask Collins, Painter, and Orlesky (however the hell you spell his name).

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:59 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

This is a win-win for both the Colts and Peyton Manning.

Indy gets to draft arguably the best college QB since Peyton himself to rebuild the team around. Manning, on the other hand, gets to shop around for the best opportunity to get back to a Super Bowl before he hangs em up for good. And if he can stay healthy, he still has a good chance IMO.

Indy fans are lucky. You had one of the all-time great QB's for 14 seasons.Now you get to draft another intelligent and gifted young QB who also come from an NFL lineage.

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:01 am
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Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:52 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Irsay looks like a total tool. Just sayin'. 

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:47 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

 I guess we saw this coming and I hope it works out for both sides.  They are getting there QB of the future and can't afford to spend 18 mill on Peyton.  This is completely understanable, it is a business, but a very hard thing to do.  I'm trying to think of a good comparison on this one.  It's not Brett Favre, similar legacies, but a differant  kind of departure.  The best scenario I can come up with is when Jerry Jones replaced Tom Landrey with Jimmy Johnson.  I know it's a coach, but similar pressure when replacing a legend.  Now the question is where does Peyton end up?  I would think it only at about 200 to 1, but he would be more than welcome in Minnesota!

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:28 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I don't understand why anybody would be either shocked or disappointed in this move.  This decision was made strictly as a financial decision.  As has been shown in the past, the Irsay family makes sound financial decisions without any regard to loyalty.

If you are surprised you don't know anything about Irsay family history.  This time they only abandoned one person, rather than an entire city.

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