Peyton Manning’s media comments immediately will be gleaned for clues about his immediate future. Specifically, if and when he’ll be able to practice and play.
But the Colts face a big decision in late February; namely, whether to pay Peyton another $28 million, in the form of an option bonus. The only way to avoid the payment is to cut him, unless Peyton agrees to delay the date on which the money comes due.
During his Friday media session, Manning was asked whether he would rework the terms of his contract.
“Certainly there will be a time and a place to address it,” Manning said, via a full transcript prepared by the Indianapolis Star. “I think a lot of questions answer themselves in this next three months, if you will. . . .
“So I just haven’t thought about anything beyond following the doctor’s orders and being in a good position at this checkpoint. So contract, 2012 draft, anything beyond that is just something that I haven’t thought about. I’m sure there will be a time when I need to think about it more but it’s just not the time right now. I just haven’t put the thought into it.”
Frankly, there isn’t much thought that needs to be put into the question of whether Manning would delay the due date for his $28 million option bonus. It’s something that can be done at no cost to Manning, and if he truly wants to stay in Indianapolis he should do it without hesitation or contemplation.