When the Polians were shown the door Monday, we guessed that Colts owner Jim Irsay was at least partially choosing Peyton Manning over the team’s front office.
If nothing else, it will make it easier to keep Manning on the roster if that’s what Irsay truly wants to do. And there is no bigger fan of Peyton Manning than Jim Irsay.
Speaking on NBC SportsTalk Monday, Peter King supported this notion.
He’s heard that Irsay views Manning’s future as a “family decision” and not a “football decision.”
So what does that mean?
“It means to me that Jimmy Irsay is going to give Peyton Manning his $28 million bonus unless one of two things happen: Manning absolutely can’t play football or Manning wants out,” King said. “So I think Irsay has essentially put the onus on himself to make that huge decision.”
It sets up an interesting scenario for the direction of the Colts franchise. Will Irsay only hire a general manager or coach that want to work with Manning? Then again, will many coaches and general managers not want to work with a healthy Manning if Irsay is playing the bill?
Manning’s health has been lost in all the speculation. We truly have no idea if he’ll ever play pro football again.
If Manning does play again, Irsay’s “family” approach to the business makes it more likely Manning will remain in Indianapolis.