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Peyton Manning 'confident' he'll play in 2012

Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:20 pm
 
Manning is "confident" he'll be back in 2012. (AP)
By Will Brinson

Peyton Manning is done as a member of the Colts. That was made officially official on Wednesday. But don't think he's done in the NFL; not even close.

Asked Wednesday after a class-filled speech about his playing status for 2012, Manning said he was "confident" he'd be on the field.

"I am confident," Manning said. "I don't know what these next steps are -- this is all kind of new to me."

It's new to everyone; Manning's been in a Colts uniform ever since he entered the league in 1998. And despite rumors (mainly from Rob Lowe) to the contrary, Manning isn't considering retirement.

"I don't want to retire," Manning said. "And no I don't feel like I have anything to prove. Nobody loves their job more than I do. Nobody loves playing quarterback more than I do. I still want to play. There's no other team I've ever wanted to play for."

But Manning has to find a new team now, and that new team is going to wonder about his health. According to Manning, he's "come a long way" but still has "some progress to make."

"I'm throwing it pretty well. I've still got some work to do. I've got some progress to make," Manning said. "But I've come a long way. I've really worked hard. I can't tell you the hours I've put in to working hard."

Not many people can -- the only shots of Peyton playing are some Zapruder-like film shot at Duke University. But that shouldn't stop teams from seeing just how ready Manning is to play.

I've broken down the spots where I think Manning could end up, and there are plenty of rumors as to just how interested those various teams are. Don't expect those rumors to slow down much, especially if Manning can prove in the coming days and weeks why he's so confident.

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Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Peyton Manning 'confident' he'll play in 2012

I'm really intrigued by Seatle. They have the bar bones of a solid team, minus a QB. Pete Carroll is nothing short of creative in his apporach to the game, and he is defensive minded.  Az and Miami are going to be good teams, but coaches are more fundementally aligned and less creative.   I think Wash is a great fit, but I would have to beleive that Manning doesn't want any part of Snyder.    49ers is agood place, but Harbaugh is a conservative guy.   I actually think guys like Tampa, Atlanta, Minnesota, Oakland Kansas City (I'm leaving a few out) will be working it hard to see if there is a deal.  

This should make for an exciting offseason at least. 

I know Greg Williams and the Saints are pretty happy Peyton got cut today!!!!


Ted Bassmaster
Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:46 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Peyton Manning 'confident' he'll play in 2012

Miami or Arizona = fun in the sun. Jets or Redskins = getting smashed behind the line of scrimmage onto cold frozen surfaces.


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