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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 16, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:26 am

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

This is a sad day.  With a neck that appears so fragile, the owner had to wonder what would happen the moment he was hit high, and $28mil is too much of a gamble.  It's sad though because Peyton is the Colts, he put them on the map and gave them winning season after winning season.  If he only had a somewhat reliable defense instead of the powder puff version he got his whole career, he'd probably have given 5 rings to the Colts.  I hope he can regain the health and form he had because this version of the NFL with all the rules that favor QB's and WR's was made for him, please Peyton, go somewhere that has a defense and a strong offensive line, you will make all the offensive players stars no matter what their names are. 

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:57 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Ebonyrod...Your kidding right? You want to keep a QB with how many surgeries on his neck for how much? 28 Million? Well, when you put it that way I should ask, what are YOU thinking? A 28 million dollar P.R move. Really? What the Colts Don't want is a Favre/Rodgers situation playing out for the next 4 years. What do the L.A Clippers have to do with any of this? You must be a Clips fan who has been waiting for 30 years to right anything positive about them right? Well, when it is relevant to the column maybe you should do so. Anyone want to talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates? Here it is, Manning will play againg somewhere and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the owner's who did where waiting outside Lucas Oil Stadium for him when the press conference is over. But there will be NO team willing to schill out 28 million for him either. If there are, it will be so incentive driven that it would literally take a Super Bowl appearance for him to max out his next deal. Either that or guaranteed amount of games played, which is more likely. I see the Arizona Cardinals as the front runner for Manning, having the easiest division in football with one the best WR's in the game. Not to mention it is indoors and the other teams they play against, St.Louis(Dome), San Fran(Sunshine weather). Lay your money down on the Cards folks. People will shy away from giving Flynn the Big Dollars this year mainly because of how Kolb turned out. Amazing how a player can turn 2 games into huge deals.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:47 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

This is why I stand by what I say. When a player has a chance to get more money from another team get it. You can be loyal but the team won't. The'll trade you, wavie you, or cut you for better. Good Luck Peyton which ever team you land. That's how they do players NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL yet people are quick to call the players greedy.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:16 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

the doctors have already cleared manning to play,it's not like he has bolts in his neck.he should continue his career if he has the passion and love for the game.this move proves a point i often make on here that every player should do what he has to get paid.don't worry about teammates or fans,take care of yourself,because the owners wad you up and toss you in the garbage when they're through with you.after all manning did for the colts and the city and he still gets cut.why?because of money and the fact they didn't give him a shot to come back from his injury.i hope luck has an o.k. career,but i would lke to see the colts miss the playoffs for the next 10-12 years.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:04 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I have been a Manning fan for years.  In this situation I have to say the Colts are making a wise financial decision and it's time to move on towards the future with a new but young talented QB named Luck.  The Colts can't be any worse than last season so move on and reinvest the money into the future.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:01 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

The Colts should pay $28,000,000,000.00 for nothing else to say "thanks" to Manning for building their new house.  Manning should retire and I am interested in DOCTOR is going to allow Manning to continue to play. 

Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:14 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Peyton Manning will be just fine.

No he won't.  The guy has everything but bolts sticking out of his neck like Frankenstein.  Why he wants to risk another neck injury is just plain sick, he doesn't need the money.  When he got his 'bell rung' he must have lost his marbles.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:07 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Jim Irsay is a stupid owner. He did not make a wise move in allowing Manning to leave, for the sake of 28 million. With Manning the Colts have a chance of making the playoffs. This would be more than enough to compensate the paying of the 28 million. Also this would be a great PR move on the part of the Colts and management.

The fans would remain loyal.

If Manning did not work out just the PR along would pay dividends. You could then bring in Luck with Manning on the staff to assist him and get him through times that would be tough on a rookie.

The Colt are in the cat bird seat and are blowing it.

With Manning at the control Colt fans would park their butts in the seats at the Colt stadium just to see the man that got them a Super Bowl win, 5-6 league titles, holds just about all the Colt quarterback records.

If Mr. Luck would have a problem with not wanting to be on the bench behind a sure fire Hall of Fame quarterback, then he would have to re-enter the draft next year. As the owner of the Colts I would not relinquish my rights to the first round pick and he would be that player.
With Luck you have a college kid that was a good quarterback in college. No NFL experience, just a  projection.

If you woud want to measure a franchise by the least amount of money involved, take a look at the L.A. Clippers. Constantly in the position of being able to select a first round draft pick.

This the first year the Clippers have expended any sort of money to obtain players with the intent of trying to get into the playoffs.

If Luck does not pan out as the future quarterback of the Colts what do the team do this year as well as next year? Back to square one one one!!!!!!!!

Oh yeah get a broken down has been that was cut from another team. Piss poor prior planning on the part of the Colts.

They have no lost whatever bonus they gave Luck and would have to pay this has been quarter back around 5-10 million. Opps it appears as if we are back to near the $28 million we are trying to avoid paying the man we all need and want at the helm. 



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Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:47 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Peyton Manning will be just fine.  He will catch on with another team and I have no doubt he will do well.  I just hope he has the smarts to know when to hang up the helment.  One more hurt to his neck should be an alarm clock going off in his head.  This was probably the kind of protection against this uncertain premise that the Colts and Peyton could not agree to.  Also $28 million bonus is an unheard bonus amount even for the NFL.  So I can see the Colts wanting to walk away. Nothing against either Manning or the Colts....i just hope they keep it civil and with the proper amount of respect being shown.

You just have to remember that the NFL is a business.  Fans and sometimes what might be considered loyality have to take second and third place to the almighty dollar.  It is a sad truth but who never said life was fair.

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