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Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:01 pm

The NFL is a nasty business. There is no such thing as loyalty -- on either side.

I hate the word.

It doesn't apply.

See: Peyton Manning.

It doesn't matter what you have done, what stadiums you helped built, what Super Bowls you brought to a sleepy little city, if you're breaking down and the price is too high, you are expendable.

The Indianapolis Colts are parting ways Wednesday with Manning, a decision helped along by a $28-million roster bonus he is due and the uncertainty about his health after suffering a neck injury. 

Even so, it should be a message to the rest of the NFL players that there is no loyalty. If Peyton Manning can go, so can you.

Get what you can when you can. There is a "me" in team.


Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:30 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

it has nothing to do with loyalty...its pay a guy a $28m bonus coming off nech injury on the other side of 35 would have been irresponsible!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:13 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

The Colts had a bad year and it wasn't just the loss of Manning.  The roster needs to be rebuilt.  You don't go through a rebuilding phase with a 14-year veteran coming off of three neck surgeries when you know you will have millions tied up in a rookie QB.  Think for a minute about how far back "loyalty" would have set the rebuilding of this team.

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:56 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:48 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

wow, i thought you had been around football for a long time prisco, its been this way for a long time buddy. You sound kinda shocked by this, and im not sure why........

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:43 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Prisco is such an idiot. Manning has made tons of money from the Colts.
He is owed nothing. This is a business, not a family. 
If Indianapolis were given the choice of who they want to remain happy
and in town, Irsay is that person, not Manning.  Irsay has the power
to move the team. Manning is just an employee. 

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:38 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Remember when everyone was all up in arms about Green Bay dumping Farve because they had Aaron Rogers waiting in the wings?  How did that work out?  Packers fans who couldn't imagine Farve playing for anyone else and who were ready to jump off the press box at Lambeau when he (finally) left are now all wearing Rogers jerseys and calling Ted Thompson a genius.

In short, as a Colts fan it's very, very sad that Manning is leaving the team, but with Andrew Luck sitting there, Irsay had no other choice.  I think Manning probably understands that as well as anyone.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:36 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Amen! The Irsay's know nothing about loyalty. Baltimore is still hurting from when the Robert Irsay stole the Colts away during the night. They are gutless!

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:00 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Hey Prisco, welcome to 1925 (when league was founded).

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:57 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

To all those who are thinking with their hearts rather than their minds, lets try to put the Manning/Colts separation in the proper perspective.  The Colts had no other choice.  Re-read that last statement.  Now, be honest with yourselves:  if you were Jim Irsay running the Colts faced with a decision to pay Manning $28 million with nothing but uncertainty surrounding his health what would you do?  Yes, this is the man that is the face of your franchise and took your team from zero to perennial contenders.  However, from a business perspective, do you want to pay the man $28 million when there's the very real possibility that the next hit could end his career?  Or when there's the possibility that he won't be able to play at a high level ever again?  The other factor to weigh in is you have the Number 1 overall pick in the draft.  In my mind, the only decision that can be made is to cut Manning loose.  It's not the popular choice.  It's not the easy choice.  It IS the right choice, however.  It is right for the organization.  It is right for the new coaching staff.  It is right for the new GM.  It is right for the fans.  That's right, I said it.  It's RIGHT for the fans.  Irsay wants the fans to keep coming back and fill the seats at Lucas Oil Stadium.  He wants the fans to keep buying the merchandise.  What better way to ensure your team's long term stability than by rebuilding for the future?  Every great team has to go through it at some point.  Does that mean that the Colts and Jim Irsay are classless?  I don't think so.  From all reports that I've seen and read, Jim Irsay did everything he could to try to negotiate with Manning to have him restructure his deal so that the Colts could keep him.  That's not classless.  The bottom line is that Manning believes that he can still play at a high level and Jim Irsay needed to be able to see it to believe it.  Let's face it: if you drop $28 million on ANYTHING sight unseen, you're a fool.  That's a fact.  That's the tough choice that was staring Jim Irsay in the face.  In my mind, he made the right choice for the long term stability and success of the organization.

That said, I'm a long time Colts fan.  I was a fan when they were terrible through the 80's and I'm still a fan today.  Just because Manning is gone doesn't mean I'm jumping ship.  Don't get me wrong, I'll follow Manning for the rest of his career and I wish him absolutely nothing but the best.  I hope he has success wherever he goes.  However, I will remain a Colts fan.  I'm excited for the new chapter the organization is starting to write.  With a little hard work and some due diligence the Colts can be back in the running for a title in 2 or 3 years.  I believe in Andrew Luck.  While he may not be Peyton Manning, he could be great in his own respect.  GO HORSE!

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:47 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

It's funny how short-sighted the media and the rest of the country is regarding the Peyton Manning saga. Anyone that had half an understanding of business and how to run an organization would know that having 2 high paid Quarterbacks on the roster decreases your talent level at every other position. It takes more than just a QB to win in the NFL. Additionally, Andrew Luck does not want to come in and sit on the bench for more than 1 year and it is likely that Peyton would be playing an additional 2 to 3 years. With the situation the Colts are in right now, they might not have another opportnity to get a potential franchise QB in the next couple years had they only retained Peyton. It is a strictly business move. I am a die hard Colts fan and I would have loved nothing more than to see #18 back in a Colts jersey, but you have to respect the decisions of the organization and think about how to best benefit the franchise long-term. I wish Peyton the best of luck in the future.

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