Jeff Saturday may retire

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It is an offseason of change for the Colts. That could include the retirement of one of their longest-tenured players.

Center Jeff Saturday told Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star that he’s considering retirement.

“I have my own decision to make long before I worry [about] what the Colts are going to do,” said Saturday. “I’m considering not playing.”

Saturday turns 37 years old this year. He’s a free agent and may not want to return to the new-look Colts with a new coach and possibly a new quarterback. Perhaps Saturday could wind up with Peyton Manning in another city, but it’s way too early to know if that’s possible.

It feels like just about everything is up in the air with the Colts. The only certainty is that there will be a lot more change.

44 responses to “Jeff Saturday may retire

  1. I hope Saturday retires. He’s a class act and I’ve enjoyed watching him play all these years. Now’s a good time to stop before the aches and pains mount up to a point where he’ll never be even halfway free of them.

  2. Lord…the house of cards continue to fall for the Colts. No single GM in football has deserved getting sacked more than Polian. Dare I say “inexcusable” when describing his this team went from perennial contender to 2-14? Saturday was/is a great player, picture of stability in today’s NFL (doesn’t hurt being a giant) and I will never forget the hug he gave a morning Robert Kraft the day the deal got done. Wish Peyton had played this year so the Pats could have given you a clean, warriors death in the woodlands of Foxborough.

  3. He’s done. He sees what’s coming.

    The Colts had a great run, won a lot of support, secured funding for a new stadium and are essentially hosting a Super Bowl.

    However, the Manning era is over. You can’t spend $28 million on a 35 year old QB who’s recovering from three necks surgeries and would attempt to pilot a team that went 2-14 without him. Just can’t do it.

    They will trade him, and God knows there are teams that want him and are closer to winning it all than the Colts, for a 1st rounder. The rebuilding has started. And, I think, even the most ardent of Manning fans, if they really thought about it, would agree it’s the right thing to do given all of the circumstances.

  4. I echo the sentiments of wanting to see him retire somewhat healthy, he’s been a great warrior and fun to watch on Sundays.

    If he’s not quite ready though and is just looking for some stability, I know Bob Kraft would love to have him! (as would Tom Brady)

  5. The colts aren’t going to pay Manning $28 million so they can possibly trade him. And I can’t think of a team willing to give up a 1st round pick for a 35 year old quarterback who just had multiple neck surgeries and hasn’t played in a year.

    Well, I can think of one but they traded their first rounder for Carson Palmer.

  6. Sadly, the Manning era AND the Brady era are both coming to an end. We should appreciate them while we can.

    As great as they are, their bodies have seen better days.

  7. Underappreciated player when he was in his prime in the mid ’00’s.

    Very athletic, exceptionally smart and strong for his size.

    Anyone interested, try to find his signature play when he pancaked Vince Wilfork on the go-ahead touchdown run by Joseph Addai in the 2007 AFC Championship Game against the Pats.

    Sure-fire Colts Ring of Honor guy and a borderline HOFer.

  8. I agree that he’ll retire. Not only are they not going to bring Manning back, they’re bringing in a new coach with a new GM and a new offense for Luck to run. In addition, all the free agents they have like Mathis and Wayne will probably not resign either due to all the turmoil and questions going into next year.

  9. The question is can the Colts reach the 0-16 pinnacle next year after so narrowly missing it this season ?

  10. I would have had Brett out with him having some excellent years in him, so I am no expert.
    But Payton should hang it up for his own good.
    You have had three vertibrae in your neck fused buddy! There is not a team out there that is a Payton away from another superbowl. It is done.
    I know this is about Saterday. But Manning II should take the bloody hint.

    Saterday would be a great O line coach to back up Payton as an offensive coordinator.

    I call the plays, y0u teach the blocks!

    For that matter he would be a great HOF NFLPA president, or a broadcaster…

  11. Nobody in their right mind will trade for him. He will be cut and then sign as a FA. I think it will be with one of five teams. Dallas, Jets, Ravens, KC, or San Fran.

  12. Jeff made two of the most important plays in Indianapolis Colts history: the fumble recovery for a TD and great block that allowed Addai to walk into the end zone against NE in the AFC Championship Game. Next stop: Colts Ring of Honor then, hopefully, Canton.

  13. 8man says:
    Jan 18, 2012 11:00 AM
    “They will trade him, and God knows there are teams that want him and are closer to winning it all than the Colts, for a 1st rounder.”

    He won’t be traded. According to Adam Schefter, he refuses to restructure his contract, which means that if he is traded, the entire 28 mil is counts against the Colts cap figure for next season, which in all likelihood would be unworkable for the team. Any team that he is traded to would probably want him to rework his deal, too, which he is apparently unwilling to do. So the Colts will either pay him the 28 mil and keep him, if he recovers sufficiently by the March 8 deadline to convince the Colts that he can still play, or they’ll cut him. I think the latter is more likely, given the fact that, months after the surgury, he hasn’t healed sufficiently to convince the Colts to pay him the money. In any event, the team is going to draft Luck.

  14. Another certainty is that we’ll be reading an infinite number of speculative “rumors”, that originate here, from “unnamed Colts sources”.

  15. Once you’re “thinking” about retiring, it’s time to go. There is simply too much work and too much pain for someone to put themselves through unless they are totally committed. He’s been a very good player for a long time…I hope he enjoys good health in his retirement.

    Regarding Manning, he can’t be traded before the new league year begins, and his $28,0000,000 bonus is due prior to the start of the new league year. The Colts either pay him or cut him – there won’t be a trade.

  16. Jeff Saturday called out Colts fans because we embraced “Suck for Luck”. Ill call out Jeff Saturday for laughing it up with Drew Brees on the field after getting waxed 62-7.

  17. Awesome guy! Class act all the way and he absolutely busted tail during the lockout. All of the other players owe him a debt of gratitude. One of the few quiet, hard working guys out there… he will be missed. Even as a Titans fan I’m a big fan of Saturday.

  18. Regarding Manning, he can’t be traded before the new league year begins, and his $28,0000,000 bonus is due prior to the start of the new league year. The Colts either pay him or cut him – there won’t be a trade.
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    So they are essentially screwed, unless Manning decides to restructure so the franchise he is supposed to love can get something for him? Hmm.

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 18, 2012 11:08 AM
    Sadly, the Manning era AND the Brady era are both coming to an end. We should appreciate them while we can.

    As great as they are, their bodies have seen better days.
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    Brady’s been waking up next to a better body for years.

  19. Agree with all the praise of Jeff S.
    Class act on the field and a very articulate leader off it.
    He was the only one that I could stand on TV during the acrimonious CBA negotiations.
    Happy retirement Jeff and hoping we see you as an analyst on TV.

  20. I am not going to be able to recognize the Colts this season. Hold da fone! I didn’t recognize them last season either.

  21. I would be ok with Manning and Saturday on the Chiefs. We have the CAP space! Hope the chiefs spend some money this year.

  22. Looks like Smith might have a run for his money if Jeff decides to run for NFLPA president in March.

  23. Hey, has anybody posted that he should play for the Patriots? Rumor has it that Bob Kraft likes him a lot. Maybe some Patriots fans should hop on here and speculate.

  24. Everyone knows #63 is a class act. Today @11:30 on the Grady & Big Joe radio show, Jeff said he has yet to make a decision on if he will retire. He stated he will pray on it and discuss with his family. He did say he is 36, and does not want his family to worry about his health in the future. He also acknowledged, he did have a Super Bowl ring, been to the Pro Bowl, been a All-Pro, so he has done everything a pro football player dreams of. I think he will lay-low for a couple of months and see what direction the Colts organization goes, and then make his decision. Sorry Ciefs and Pats fans, it would be wrong to see Saturday in anything else other than Colts Blue!!! If that did occur, your team would be better for it.

  25. He’s only making a preemptive hold the door open statement if Peyton doesn’t return. He’s had the best hands in the NFL between his legs and once you’ve had the best……

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