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Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:22 pm
The Colts' annoucement that they will release Peyton Manning comes as no surprise. We've expected it for weeks. Now they make it official.

I understand pro football is a business, but this is also Peyton Manning. There was no way the Colts were ... or are ... going to look good with this story. So they do what they think they must and move on.

It's a cold, cruel business, and the sad truth is that the Colts probably had no choice here. I don't know what Manning's future is or whether he's an injury waiting to happen again, and neither do the Colts.

I spoke to one coach at the NFL scouting combine who said he would have paid him just to tutor first-round draft pick Andrew Luck, but that's a huge investment in someone who would count heavily against your salary cap, cost millions this season and may not play again.

Bill Walsh always said it's better to fire a player one year too soon than one year too late, and my guess is that the Colts abide by that axiom. Let's face it, they're cleaning out the place from top to bottom, with Bill Polian and his son Chris one of the first casualties, so it makes sense to make a complete break with the past.

And this is a complete break.

I'll miss Manning, too, but life goes on. The Packers survived the loss of Brett Favre, and the 49ers survived the loss of Joe Montana. It may take years, but it had to happen sooner or later.

Too bad it was sooner.

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:10 pm

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

Manning is no victim here, in the old days the team would have kept Manning and sat Luck until Manning was done. Now Manning actually might get to play for a decent team in the twilight of his career.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:54 pm

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

mn1144 ..... I was making a lot of money at my last job, they saw what was going on in the employment market, you know high unemployment brings lower wages. Well they decided to find an excuse to get rid of me and tried for 6 months to make me quit.  Finally one day the boss walks in and tells me I am terminated and gave a lame reason, a reason I quickly refuted and proved they were wrong on, but they had allready decided no matter what I was gone. I was gone because of how much I made, not any other reason. they replaced me with 2 people that do not make even close to half what I was making.  They fought me over unemployment, and we had a hearing where they explained the reason I was terminated, I then had my round, they were in shock as I produced every bit of the evidence I told them I had that proved their reason was invalid, they did this even after I told them the day they terminated me that the reason was lame and invalid. The unemployment person that heard the case then scolded them right in front of me saying they had no reason to terminate my employment and they either paid the unemployment or rehired me.  Naturally since they could get off cheaper paying me the unemployment they went that direction. In 3 1/2 years I went from being the 59th ranked in senority to 7th because they were cleaning out all the high payed employees.  They terminated me for company mistakes, not my mistakes, and I proved it.
Manning, on the other hand, pushed to get his contract extention at the end of the 2010 season, which he easily recieved. The Colts were expecting him to be ready the start of the 2011 season, not having him out the whole season.  His injury, one that he knew was worse than what the Colts were led to believe, was diagnosed during the 2010 season and surgury was scheduled as soon as possable after the season was over. Had the Colts known the severity of it all I doubt very seriously they would have gave him that extension at the cost they did.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:38 pm

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

I love how Manning is the "victim" here. Last I checked the Colts gave him a new contract before he announced he had to have these surguries. I am quite sure the Colts would not have gave him the new contract if they knew he was going to miss the whole 2011 season.  It was all such a hurried deal that went through right after the 2010 season. Next thing we all hear is he is having neck surguries. I am sure they knew about the problem but had no clue just exactly how bad the problem really was.  The Colts gave the man 20 million last year to sit out the season, taking up a roster spot the whole year cost them even more. The real victims of this are the Colts and the Colts fans.  Manning at least owed the Colts a chance to get him on a incentive based contract so he could prove he can play, that way they are out very little if his come back is a failure. Instead he will be taking his show on the road and fleese some poor team out of millions.

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:32 pm

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

Are you dumb? If you made a lot of money at your work and did a great job and then got fired after you took somemonths off due to a sickness you would understand

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:53 pm

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

victim?  how many millions did he make on and off the field during his tenure with the colts???

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:48 pm

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

Sorry, but I don't feel sorry for Manning. How much did he get paid last year for not playing? How much does he make in endorsements?

The Colts have not fired him, uncaring that he will now descend into poverty.

If Manning had wanted to say, he would have taken a provisional contract - if I don't play, I don't get paid.

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