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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 19, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:22 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

28M is too much bonus for any team to pay any one player, especially one with a neck injury. Peyton wouldn't re-negotiate a new deal in order to allow the Colts to protect themselves from Cap hell if he never plays. This happens to every team sooner or later, It happened to my Bills when we cut Bruce, Thurman, and Reed on the same happened to Manning, it will happen to Brady, Brees, and Rodgers eevntually too- it is the way it is.

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:12 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Also; would you buy a used car from Jim Irsay???  I have never met him and maybe he is a real nice guy; but at first glance he would not be house sitting for me.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:10 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I feel good! Why? Well back in the fall I said that there is no way the Colts pay the $28M bonus to Manning, many a fool said I was talking nonsense and there was no way Manning does not finish his career with the Colts. He is the Indy Colts I recall someone posting.

Well then who turned out to be right?

Like I said, I feel good!    

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:09 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

It will be fitting if Andrew Luck is just mediocre enough to keep the job but never win for the next 14 years.  A great qb only comes about once in a while.  First off you don't structure a contract that ensures you will cut him at a certain point; second show some loyalty.  The Colts were terrible without Manning when I was growing up.  They spent better than a decade as a top tier team because of him.  Look what happened last year without him!  It will only be fitting if they spend 14 years worth of futility.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:08 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I cant see peyton playing again,i follow both the rugby codes(union and league) and 3 times ive seen players in those codes with the same surgery as peyton has had and none of them came back including one of the greatest players to play in one of those codes (league)..Reality is going to sink in some point,one more bad knock and a wheelchair for life isnt worth any amount of money,plus im a phins fan,i would still rather he just retire it just aint worth the risk.

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:07 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

you obviously didnt get my must be a stinking low life jets fan. Read it again moron and again if u have too

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:58 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

We'll take him in CLEVELAND!!!!!!

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:58 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

mmmm peyton in that seahawks blue, it makes sense, past few drafts all of our first round pickshave been offensive lineman so hes gonna have the best protection hes ever had, our head team physician is the top nfl guy for neck and spine injuries, plus lynch in the backfield will take a load off of him, and hes got a very good young receiver core

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:54 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Hate to say it...but the Brown's make the most sense...and they have the money to do it....
they are in the running, but i think the weather will drive him away, i think he goes to a warmer weather team, the Browns will likely get either RG3 (hope not) or Matt Flynn (hope so) or use their second 1st round pick on Tannehill (hope so too).
1. Peyton comes aboard for 2-3 years & teaches McCoy "The Manning System."
Makes sense, agree, but the weather to me will drive it away, i think Peyton will want to go to a team where he feels is his best fit.
2. Draft Reggie Wayne for the same 2-3 years. Will be cheaper than normal & would love to re-unite with Manning I would assume.
think you mean sign him and i agree, wherever Manning goes either Wayne or Garcon or both should go.
3. Draft Blackmon/WR. Now ye got Wayne to teach Blackmon, Massaquoi, Little, & Cribbs how to catch and run routes.
that would be scary, i would likely though see Massaquoi released if they sign Wayne and draft Blackmon
4. Decent TE & a good offensive Manning will need protection most certainly.
true and true.
5. And hopefully, a good enough defense to be able to give the offense a break.
again true. i dont disagree that the Browns could be great with Manning, i just dont see him going there, i keep seeing Miami or Arizona for different reasons.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:53 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

My bad again, meant to say "They have a decent TE &  good offensive line....already"

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