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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.

Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:03 am
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Peyton has had his time and made his millions, what Prisco sees as disloyalty, I see the Colts giving a new kid an opportunity to make his mark. "Loyalty" to old guys past their prime holds way too many youngsters back who deserve their chance.



Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:58 am
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

"The man would likely sell $28M in merchandise and added tickets from now until every fan who watched him play was dead"

Do you think this would happen even if he didn't play?  That's why the Colts let him go.. he's not a sure bet to even play again



Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:50 am
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

"A 90 percent manning is better than luck will likely ever be"

What?  Are you his personal physician?  Where do you get the 90 percent figure?  Don't you think the Colts would try to keep him if he was even 80 percent?  All reports have been that he is not getting to the point where he can compete, and the Colts were going to be on the hook for 28 mil.  So a decision had to be made.

Show me a report where it says Manning is at 90 percent.  No?  Didn't think so.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:10 am
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

 I can tell you as a guy who spent a lot of Money on Colts and Manning NFL merchandise that I will never spend another dollar on anything Colts related
After spending all that money on Colts merchandise you would think that you would be BigTimeCOLTSFan and have them listed as a favorite team...



Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:02 am
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

$28 million isn't chump change but for a guy who basically put the city and franchise on the map, smh glad its a mutual parting of ways with peyton's appearance at the announcement tomorrow but sad way to go for one of the all-time greats only to end up out of place with another franchise i.e. miami, washington, etc take your pick = its not indy



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:39 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

@jltexas ... Don't think for one second that the Colts doctors didn't know everything that was wrong with Manning and EXACTLY the procedures he needed to go through before he went under the knife . The issues he had were an ongoing problem for several years . Isay has doctors on staff to protcet his investments so they knew him so intimatly they could tell you what he digested before his colon could .



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:33 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

$28 million for a guy who may - or may not - ever play at a high level again?  And, even if he plays is likely one big hit away from the disabled list?  Ahhh...  just say no!

Like Micheal Corlone said in the Godfather, "It's nothing personal.  It's just business".




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:29 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Oh, and this was a 2-14 team, right?  So, 28 million is a gamble.  This team sucks, is in rebuilding and even the great Peyton wouldn't be able to beat the AFC's best.  That's even assuming they would crack .500 with Manning.  So yeah, the gamble would be going with Peyton and spending 28 million.  They go with Luck, save a ton of money and fill holes on the rest of the team--so that in 2-3 years they are back up there competing. 

Keep Peyton this year, and you lose a bunch of money that could have been spent rebuilding.  Its not about forgetting 18, its about coming to the realization that his health is a huge '?', and that the team sucks right now.

If the Colts even came close to .500 last year, I'd say fine.  Stay with Manning.  But 2 wins.  TWO.  I'd say the Colts could do wonders with an extra 28 million and Luck getting all the snaps right off the bat.  Isn't that what Peyton did as a rook? 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:23 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

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

Hey, Pete, don't the players already DO THIS?  I mean, Peyton hasn't been playing for free all these years, has he??  Or maybe I am mistaken, the Colts should tell their fans that they would rather be loyal than competitive?  Would everyone understand? 

If Peyton makes the team, gets the $28 million, sucks and/or is injured; how have the Colts done themselves or their fans a service?  Based on the money owed alone, could set the team back a few MORE years.

This is the right move, for all involved.  Peyton will get paid ( and has been for quite some time) and he won't have to worry about looking over his shoulder at Luck everytime he makes a poor throw.  He can start over, and so can the Colts.

This has nothing to do with loyalty.  This makes the most sense all around.  It is the media that makes these stories into something they are not.






Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:20 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

no cents= no sense....typo.


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