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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: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:19 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Forget loyalty. This is stupidity. A 90 percent manning is better than luck will likely ever be. Is it more of a gamble to roll the dice on manning's health or on luck being a super bowl caliber qb in the next 5 years? How soon we forget how great 18 was and apparently still is. To presume luck is going to even approach at any point in his career the caliber player Peyton will be for the remainder of his career is just plain stupidity
First of all, we're not talking about the next 5 years.  We're talking about the next 15 years.  It made no cents to pay 28 million dollars on a calculated health risk and lose out on the best draft prospect since well, Peyton Manning or John Elway.

There is plenty of experts that believe Luck is going to be amazing.  I'm no "expert", but I've watched alot of college football and he's the best I've ever seen.  I think it's safe to say you haven't watched Andrew Luck very much.  He's the real deal.



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Forget loyalty. This is stupidity. A 90 percent manning is better than luck will likely ever be. Is it more of a gamble to roll the dice on manning's health or on luck being a super bowl caliber qb in the next 5 years? How soon we forget how great 18 was and apparently still is. To presume luck is going to even approach at any point in his career the caliber player Peyton will be for the remainder of his career is just plain stupidity.



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:50 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

You ever hear of a little team from back East called the Pittsburgh Steelers? You know, the team with 6 Super Bowl rings? They know when to cut the dead weight from the team. Look at the cuts they have madethis year. As a fan of the players, I was sad to see them. As a fan of the team, I also realize they needed to be made. Hell, Joe Montana ended his career with KC. If he can be let go, you don't think Manning can't ???



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

whoosh .... money he allready earned??????   That 28 million was the payment for the contract extention Manning buffaloed The Colts into letting him sign imediately after the 2010 season.  He knew he was going in for neck surgury, but so did the Colts.  What they did not know was the injury was a lot more severe than the original diagnosis.  The Colts would never have signed him to that extention had they known he was going to need 4 neck surguries.  We are talking about an injury that has ended many a sports stars careers, there is no way they would have signed him if they knew it was that severe. The 20 million he made last year was what was owed to him for the 5+ million he re-structured his contract for, his base salary was 14.7 million, the rest was the restuctured part.  He was not "screwed" out of anything.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:30 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

I'll follow Peyton and screw the Colts.  I understand business and Irsay isn't about business.  Yeah, he wants to save $28 million..but remember how many times Peyton re-structured his contract for them...and now they take away that money he has already earned.  Then to top that off Irsay tells everyone it isn't about money and he wants Peyton if he can play.  Then when Peyton proves he can play; he tries an incentitive contract but still claims it isn't about money.  When that fails, he tries to say Peyton isn't cleared by his doctors.  Irsay comes off like a loser and a coward.  Peyton comes out smelling like roses.  I hope Luck is smart and tells the Colts he isn't interested in being a part of their program.

Look out NFL, the best QB is on the market.  Imagine when he actually plays for a decent team.  WOW..  Records will be broken next year by Peyton...and the Colts will not be in the playoffs.  Sounds like "karma" to me.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:25 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

The beginning of the Salary Cap era was the end of all loyalty from player or team.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:08 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

This man made hundreds of millions of dollars for this franchise. $28M and a bump on the cap should not be cause to release a guy who literally built the franchise and the stadium into what it is today. The man would likely sell $28M in merchandise and added tickets from now until every fan who watched him play was dead. 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 and I will root for them to lose as strongly as I root for any team to win.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:07 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Good post Avengersgirl.  I agree.  Loyalty is a 2 way street, and this decision is an easy one for both parties to make.  The end result is sad because an NFL icon is changing teams, but it is a no- brainer at 28 million, considering we don't know if he can play. 



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

--The Indianapolis 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. 

Loyalty is one thing, stupidity another. The Colts already paid Manning a gazillion dollars last year for not playing, there's no guarantee he'll play this year - why waste $28 mil? That would be a very bad business decision, not to mention a bad decision for the team's other players.

Loyalty would have been Manning saying - I'll forego that bonus if I'm not healthy enough to play this year. Use it to get a good defensive player to help the team...




Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:48 pm
 

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Loyalty is there, but there's a price on loyalty, and it's not $28 million. Especially when plan B was arguably the greatest QB coming out of college since Peyton himself.

For the good of the team, Manning's departure can usher in a new Colt era. It's always hard to say goodbye to the last era, but that's the beauty of football. Times change, eras progress, teams continually strive to be the best they can be. 


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