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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: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:53 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Sad to see him go out on terms like this. He is a class act and a true competitor. i wish him well wherever he lands.  

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:50 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I said draft Reggie...I meant get bad.  =)

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:48 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....

1. Peyton comes aboard for 2-3 years & teaches McCoy "The Manning System."
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.

3. Draft Blackmon/WR. Now ye got Wayne to teach Blackmon, Massaquoi, Little, & Cribbs how to catch and run routes.

4. Decent TE & a good offensive Manning will need protection most certainly.

5. And hopefully, a good enough defense to be able to give the offense a break.

I am a Broncos fan....but wow, could the Browns turn it around...unless I m missing something.

Have a good one folks.

Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:48 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday


This is a drama that is going to drag out for years.  I wish he'd just retire already and somehow eeek out a living on 10s or 100s of millions of dollars.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:40 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

That's a stupid thing to say. Brett Favre went to the NFC championship game two years after leaving the Packers. Joe Montana went to the AFC championship game a year after leaving the 49ers. Don't get me wrong: this is the right decision for the Indianapolis Colts. But just because Manning's time as a Colt is through it doesn't neccessarily mean his time as an NFL QB is through.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:40 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Miami is a great fit, their D has begun to play well, and with a couple free agent pick  ups they are a deep playoff team!
thats out the window a bit though as they will go through the typical transitional pains of a defense shifting from a 3-4 to a 4-3 front (or vice versa)

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:31 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Does not matter where he goes , he is done he will never be what he was again , another joe namath finishing up in los angeles or unitas going to san diego. U can go on and on ... Quarterbacks are always the last to know when their skills are gone !!

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:30 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Hes gonna pull a Lebron James and get a press conference saying "Ive decided to take my skils down to south beach"...

Actually, LBJ said "I'm taking my talents to South Beach." This, incidentally, is a line he stole from Kobe Bryant who, when he was a high school senior declared "I'm taking my talents to the NBA." I doubt Peyton would be such a dim wit as to steal from these two.

sorry Boys but in case you forgot.... Peyton may have dropped the greatest line ever (the soda pop curtis reference!) and doesnt need to steal crap lines!  

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:27 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Sounds to me like Manning did not want to take a pay cut to remain with the Colts. If he really wanted to stay with the Colts he would have taken a new contract that was loaded with incentives based on his playing time and ability because an injury like his warrants that type of contract.  I would be amazed if any team offers him much of anything more than an incentive based contract, he sure will not be getting the 15 to 20 mill a year he was in Indy.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:26 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Irsay had made many big mistakes but this may be the biggest! he had the chance to wait till thursday, cut him and then renegotiate a new deal and they dont take the cap hit. It could have been a play for pay contract, extended for 4 years, and when Luck was ready would then have received some compensation for Manning if he was able to play. Peyton would have loved to stay in Indy and would havent take less money with performance opportunities. It may have been difficult to finalize a deal in such a short period but then again lets face it if he really wanted him that processed would have already begun behind closed doors.

now the bigger problem, if Manning is healthy and can play you know he will stay in the AFC just for the opportunity to face Irsay's team twice a year and show them how much he has left in the tank. there is no doubt whatever team he goes to they improve immediately just by his leadership and field management skills.

Miami is a great fit, their D has begun to play well, and with a couple free agent pick  ups they are a deep playoff team!

good Luck Peyton!

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