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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 12, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:47 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

sorry pete but your way off i wonder if you where the one handing peyton 28 million if your opinion might change? the colts are doing the smart thing they have the number one pick and can take a great qb prospect in luck. bottom line is the Nfl is a buisness and manning might never return to his form, you don't pass up a great chance at another great qb for one that has 3 years at best!

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:18 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Indianapolis Colts organization just became about as classless as they get.  Hope this Andrew Luck thing blows right up in their faces.  Back to 2-14 seasons Indy fans....

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:13 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

There are other issues to consider.  What was the net financial gain for Irsay over Peyton's career? Did Peyton become expendable because Irsay already made his fortune from Peyton. Peyton did not play last year because of job related injuries.  Is this an issue of what have you done for me lately? 

There is also the question of short-term versus the long-term.  While the Colts may save money this year, this decision is creating a culture within the organization that will affect decisions of players down the road.  The motivation could be to get as much money upfront because you don't know what next year brings.     

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:03 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Actually Gadget show me a report that says he isnt 100 per cent?

weak agruement as non of know and reporters are the ones making statements about his health that they cannot backup. The most telling statement came from \Polian who said "i saw peyton throw in december and not sure where the reports of his arm being rubber came from but i witnessed him throwing the ball with velocity as good as he ever has"!

It was purely a business decision and in no way could they keep him after cleaning house and putting the top 2 receivers on the wire as well. Dont try to use excuses that dont exist or you will painted a sportswriter! 

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:22 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.


That family has inflicted pain before.  They're good at it!

Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:48 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

I can't spell either Pete. "Where" instead of "were". You better watch out Pete. They may replace you with me if my skills keep declining in this manner.

Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:45 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Pete Prisco=fake morality of a sportswriter. Report the the news Pete not something you know nothing about like loyalty or business. It is why you became a sports "commentator". You where never good enough to truly be a writer so CBS Sports is like welfare for bad journalists.

Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:32 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Football is a business.  There is no loyalty on either side, owners or players. 

If I were the owner I would have let Manning go.  $28 million for an "old" player coming off neck injury and surgery, when you have the rights to the highest ranked college quarterback in years ?  How could Manning not be let go?

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:30 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Sorry Pete. You are way out to lunch on this one.

It appears you wrote this mini article while on your porcelain throne.

Short, not sweet and kinda ridiculous.

Peyton received a lot of money last season and never played a snap. He signed a massive contract and took in double digit millions in ONE season yet NEVER played a down! He had already made his fortune...last season was all bonus cash.

Look, the Colts are not my fav team but I them and I like Peyton. I have admired his entire footballing career, including his time w/ the Volunteers. But let us look in the mirror and see the reality of it all.

The Colts need to move on and so does Peyton. If Peyton had offered to massively restructure his contract, I bet he stays put. But he didn't. If I was a Colts fan, I would be wondering why are we paying a player about 50 million over two seasons when he has not proved he can throw a football at an NFL level let alone play anymore??

I wish Peyton luck in getting another chance elsewhere and to fully recover from his injuries.

I feel the Colts organization made the right call. It also does not hurt that Andrew Luck is waiting just around the corner.

Pete, you gotta do way better than this. If you don't, perhaps CBS Sportsline will release you when your next signing bonus comes up!


Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:12 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Prisco is way off on this one ==== Luck gets about 6 years and better have results === McNabb got about a Decade and Peyton gets 14 === A true leader will tell a quarterback like Luck upfront, you get 6 years, if your OK, maybe 10 and if your like a Brady or Manning, you get 15 === have a nice day and get to practice

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