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Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:20 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 11:20 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

With the news that the Colts and Peyton Manning will part ways Wednesday, there will, of course, be bystanders who are positively and negatively affected by the news. Here’s our list of winners and losers.


Andrew Luck: In his first year in a Colts uniform, Luck will get to experience the highs and lows of playing as a rookie quarterback. Sometimes this goes well (see Cam Newton and Andy Dalton). Sometimes this goes poorly (see, um, Peyton Manning). And while we could make the argument that Luck would do well apprenticing under a veteran for a season -- he wouldn’t have to deal with the top pick pressure for an extra year and he could learn the new offense without the media spotlight trained on his every move -- Luck will learn much more if he’s actually playing. Plus, he won’t have the Peyton Manning shadow hanging over his rookie season.

Jim Irsay: Already, Irsay has begun to renovate his team, firing Bill Polian and former coach Jim Caldwell, following the 2-14 season. Irsay has done a wonderful job turning the Colts franchise into a perennial Super Bowl contender (2011, of course, being the exception), and now, he gets to be involved in another massive rebuilding project. Manning, of course, has done perhaps more than anybody to get Super Bowl XLVI to Indianapolis and to get Lucas Oil Stadium built, but Irsay now can remake the team as he sees fit. Plus, like Luck, his team won’t have the Peyton Manning shadow hanging over the franchise in 2012.

ManningAFC South: We’ve seen what happens when Manning isn’t playing for the Colts: the rest of the division gets better! Well, except for the Jaguars, of course. But without their franchise quarterback in the lineup, the Colts went from being the scariest team in the AFC South to being the most toothless. That probably won’t change in 2012, in which the Texans -- who never could get over the Manning hump and who couldn’t make the playoffs until he wasn’t playing -- will be one of the favorites in the AFC. Without Manning, Houston might have the chance to become the new Indianapolis.

Colts fans: In some sense, the city has been held hostage by the Manning-Irsay impasse, and it actually overshadowed the early part of Super Bowl week. But without Manning around, the salary cap won’t be as rigid, and with Luck coming into town (we assume), he’ll bring a new sense of excitement to the organization and to the city in general. Yes, Indianapolis will miss a community leader in Manning, but who’s to say Luck couldn’t fill that role anyway.


Matt Flynn: In our free agent quarterback rankings, we listed Drew Brees as No. 1, Manning as No. 2, and Flynn as No. 3. Brees has been franchise-tagged by the Saints, and it’s clear that the possibility of landing Manning will overshadow whatever Flynn will be trying to do. Flynn to Miami? Well, let’s see if the Dolphins can land Manning first. Flynn to (fill in the blank)? Well, let’s see if (fill in the blank) can land Manning first. Flynn likely won’t be anybody’s first choice, and you have to wonder how that will affect his bottom line. Would you rather have Manning, even if he’s not completely healthy, or Flynn? The answer is obvious.

Robert Griffin III: While the Manning release is good news for Andrew Luck, it might mean something different for RG3. Like Flynn (though probably not as much as Flynn), other quarterback-needy teams will look at Manning first before (possibly) trying to trade up with the Rams in order to draft Griffin after Luck. Like Flynn, this might limit Griffin’s options, and it might actually mean Griffin isn’t taken with the No. 2 pick. That probably won’t happen, but if one of the teams (say, ahem, Washington) looking at Griffin ultimately goes with Manning and the rest of league believe St. Louis’ price is too high, you have to wonder if Griffin will fall to the fourth pick.

Manning’s bank account: Not that he needs financial assistance, but cashing in on a $28 million bonus would have been pretty sweet.

Rob Lowe: I guess we can forget about Lowe’s budding journalism career. While he was right in believing that Manning was done in Indianapolis, Lowe also reported that Manning would retire. That’s not going to happen, and unfortunately for Lowe, reporters don’t credit for being half-right.

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Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:14 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

I completely understand Peyton's wanting to continue his career but I really hope he doesn't.  He's got a ring, tons of money, his health, a beautiful young family and the TV networks are going to line up to throw money at him.  What I am dreading is that he gets hit and crippled for life just to play a few more years.  Go to the studio and have fun with all the other ex jocks and go on with your life.  Another 2-3 years will not be worth it!

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:48 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

Talk about a coup, if Jacksonville takes him and Reggie Wayne in Free Agency, gets a solid first round draft pick like Michael Floyd or trades down to take Stephen Hill and gets some OL depth, both Manning and Jacksonville would be in position to exact some revenge on the Colts.  This scenario likely will not play out, but Gabbert is one month older than Andrew Luck and would probably be ok learning from the best for a few years even though he's got a full year of NFL experience under his belt.  Advantage Jacksonville.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:44 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

I would like to be the first to welcome Peyton Manning to the Miami Dolphin,s and making this team once again a Superbowl Contender.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:35 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

MooseKnuckle:  How can you call the Rams a loser in any of this?  They have the #2 pick in the draft.  They don't need a my opinion, they are in every way winners, or at least have the potential to be.  For those teams that may want to take RGIII, they will give up a good deal in order to move into that coveted #2 spot.  The Rams could come away this year with significant patches to their holes!  

Thats just my opinion! 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:14 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

I agree with You.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:12 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

Losers:  Dwight Freeney, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, etc.  All the current Colt players missing some of their best years as Irsay rebuilds the team into a contender.  


Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:23 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

How do you not list the Rams as losers??   Now there will one less team gunning for the number two pick (the team that signs Manning)

...and can you please stop suggesting that Griffin would "slide" to the 4th pick.  Atleast 2 or 3 teams will be fighting to get to #2 to secure a "franchise type" quarterback who is getting comparisons to Cam Newton and some people are saying is better than Vick right now.  No way the Rams simply draft someone else.  There's value in that pick...    even if they only get an extra 1st and a 3rd they will definitely make a deal.

CBS hit me up....  I'll write you're blog...   tired of reading these hacks

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:45 pm

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

every q.b. is one hit away from being done,the doctors cleared manning to play,quit acting like they would do that if he wasn't overdramatic,he's o.k. just needs his arm strength back.

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:46 pm

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

I'm a Colts fan and love Manning BUT he is one hit away from the DL, another neck surgery or the end of his career. One blind sided hit from a 320 pound DE and Manning will regret not retiring. If the Colts play Mannings new team, how hard will Freeney or Mathis hit Manning?

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:09 pm

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

How can you possilbly call this a win for the fans?   They lose their history and gain an untested QB.   Even if Luck works out it will be years before you can call indy a contender.   With Manning only two years ago, they were a superbowl level team.   I know of no fans that like to watch teams rebuild.   Fans like winners.   I suspect there will be more people watching Manning than Luck for the next few years.
The article said that it's a win for the fan in some sense, meaning that fan win in some way and lose in others. Manning is 36 years old so the Colts would need to get another QB sometime in the future, now the Colts has a chance to used the money that they would had paid manning to improve the team. I think if the Colts get the right players that they have a chance to make the playoffs, it also depend on how good Luck or starting QB plays. Keep in mind the Colts don't play in a strong Division

I don't mind when my favorite team start rebuilding as long as it done the right way, It seem that today fans only loyal to their favorite team as long as they are winning. When the team start losing more often then you see how many fans abandon them, well till they start winning again. In my opinion a true fan stick with the team through the good times and the bad, I realise that certain teams have more downs than ups. However, much like family, you’re stuck with them.

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