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Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:16 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 8:22 am
 
In the end, Irsay would have had to pay Manning $35.5 million without knowing for sure Manning is healthy. (Getty Images)
By Pat Kirwan

In the end it wasn't salary cap space but real cash that ends the Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis.

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The $28 million bonus due the last second of the last day of the 2011 league year and the $7.5 million salary in 2012 is a $35.5 million hit without proof positive that Manning can play again. The 2011 portion of the new contract that had a $20 million signing bonus as well as a $3 million roster bonus and $3.4 million salary without a physical was his "legacy" money for a HOF career.

It didn't hurt that the Colts wind up in the spot to draft Andrew Luck and make the transition from Manning a little easier to tolerate.

The Dolphins are still looking for the Dan Marino replacement. The way the Colts structured the contract really indicates that the line in the sand was drawn for March 2012 as to how much more risk the Colts would take. Without playing a down in 2011 and not really ever being able to practice, it is over. I believe Manning will play again and now he hits free agency.

No modern day quarterback in the Hall of Fame that left his original team and joined another club ever took that new team to a Super Bowl. Joe Montana got close with the Chiefs but lost in the conference championship game. Could Peyton be the first to do it? I wouldn't bet against him.

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:19 am
 

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

 Polly Polly, you forgot that fellow who went from the Falcons to the Packers. In any case, though, it's obvious that he meant AFTER he won the Superbowl.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

While Williams and Dilfer aren't in the HOF, Young is and Warner will be.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

Steve Young started his NFL career with Tampa Bay, then went to the 49ers where he was a SB winning QB. Young retired from the 49ers. article says Warner went from St. Lois to Arizona where he took them to a SB (and lost). So Kirwan is incorrect. Also what about Doug Williams. Went from Tampa Bay to Washington and won a SB. Also Trent Dilfer went from Tampa Bay to Baltimore and won a SB.



Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:07 pm
 

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

What team did Steve Young play for after the Niners?  And I would call Warner a shoo-in for the HOF...


Ted Bassmaster
Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:33 pm
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:59 am
 

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

It would be one thing if there was a garuntee that Peyton would be able to play again and be as effective as he was before, but this is a HUGE gamble for any team that aquires him...



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:50 am
 

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

"No modern day quarterback in the Hall of Fame that left his original team and joined another club ever took that new team to a Super Bowl."


Oh no, what about Steve Young? What about soon to be HOF Kurt Warner? Should check your facts a bit. 



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:33 am
 

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

Sooner or later this was going to happen. Either by retirement or a split. But to be able to draft a guy of this caliber couldnt of happen at a better time for the Colts. Who knows how Luck will turn out, but Colts fans should feel a little happy he is there to draft.
I know the Colts had 1 Super Bowl ring with Manning. But to have the chance to win a Super Bowl any given year because of Manning being there would be something a lot of fans of other teams would kill for. How many years have the Colts had winning seasons and made the playoffs with Manning there? A lot of us havent had that kind of luck with our teams. 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:19 am
 

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

It seems t ome Manning did not want to stay, which is not necessarily bad. He just wanted to shake things up. If he did want to stay he would have pushed the date for the signing bonus back a bit. Irsay (who looks like a total greaseball in that photo btw) had no choice.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:19 am
 

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

Fromindiana, shut the heck up and get a life. I'm sure the Colts will survive without your contribition to ticket sales and merchandise. Irsay said the split wasn't about money, it's about a transition to the future. Every player has to retire sometime and it's simply a convenient time to make a break. This gives Peyton a chance to play for a decent team somewhere else and win immediately, rather than suffer through a rebuilding process. He'll always be associated with Indy and the Colts, no matter who he plays for next. You need to grow up and realize that football is a business and that life will go on. I'll bet you were one of those same turds who was upset when the Pacers drafter Reggie Miller over Steve Alford and then ate crow.


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