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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, CBSSport.com'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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Comments

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

All the ravens fans want peyton???I THOUGHT FLACCO WAS THE BEST Q.B.  IN THE GAME???TYPICAL RAVENS JERKOFFS!!!HAHAHAHA!!



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

what do you mean gonna pull a Lebron James...

rocking during the regular season only to fold in the clutch come playoff time?

he already "pulled a Lebron" the first half of his career, hell if anything Lebron pulled a Manning



Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:24 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

wherever the biggest best O line is(thats avail lol) is where he will play



Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:24 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

tory smiths ,faster than mike wallace??????i want some of what you smoke!!!!ravens suck!!!without my boy double "R",,they would be one of the worst teams in the nfl!!! GO ray rice!!!go steelers!!! ravens suck!!!



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

So all the Ravens fans think that they have a chance at Peyton. I'm sure him and his fused neck is really wanting to play James Harrison twice a year...



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:19 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.



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

We all know where hes going and thats south beach. Hes gonna pull a Lebron James and get a press conference saying "Ive decided to take my skils down to south beach"...Now will see whats up in the AFC East biatch



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Hey Peyton,
 come tutor Tim for three years in Denver



Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:10 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

This is no surprise and it is a big win for all involved.  Manning will be picked up by a contenter assuming he can play.  The Colts don't take the $28 million salary cap hit and they get the next 14 year franchise QB.  Luck gets a pile of cash as the #1 draft pick.  I would say no hard feelings by anyone involved; let's play ball!



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

There was NO other alternative than for Manning and the Colts to part company.  The $28 million is too big a pill for the Colts to swallow on an aging quarterback that still hasn't fully recovered from major surgeries.  The Colt's organization has changed and the comfort level that Manning was accustomed to is gone, besides the fact that Colts are starting to age in various key positions of the offense.

As it has been stated many times....."football is a business".


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