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Manning responds to Irsay

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So much for keeping it in house.

Hours after Colts owner Jim Irsay took shots at his likely soon-to-be-former franchise quarterback, Peyton Manning responded, again to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

“At this point, Mr. Irsay and I owe it to each other and to the fans of the organization to handle this appropriately and professionally, and I think we will,” Manning said, which arguably implies that he believes Irsay’s remarks were neither appropriate nor professional.  “I’ve already reached out to Mr. Irsay.  I wasn’t trying to paint the Colts in a bad light, but it’s tough when so many people you’ve known for so long are suddenly leaving.  I feel very close to a lot of these guys and we’ve done great things together.  It’s hard to watch an old friend clean out his office.  That’s all I was trying to say.

“I just want to keep rehabbing and working hard, and when the time is right for Mr. Irsay and I to sit down, I look forward to a healthy conversation about my future.  I’ve worked too hard and have such great respect and have so many great relationships inside the building and out, and it’s incredibly important that those remain.”

Manning didn’t say anything particularly troubling, but the mere fact that he felt compelled to continue the public tit-for-tat further proves, as we’ve been saying since Tuesday, that the two men are engaged in a battle for the hearts and minds of Colts fans.

Manning likely will win.  Unless and until he signs with the Texans.

Or perhaps until he calls Irsay “pathetic” and an “irrelevant billionaire.”

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  1. schuy7 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:13 PM

    Peyton, you can play for the Eagles if you want.

    #VickSucks

  2. AOden says: Jan 26, 2012 9:16 PM

    Pretty sure Robert Irsay died in 1997…

  3. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 26, 2012 9:16 PM

    Manning didn’t say anything particularly troubling, but the mere fact that he felt compelled to continue the public tit-for-tat further proves, as we’ve been saying since Tuesday, that the two men are engaged in a battle for the hearts and minds of Colts fans.

    ———————————————

    I think he was trying to get closure on the “Tit for tat” that was going on and I thought he handled it well. Because of this blowing up in the media, we will probably not hear anything from either of them until March 8th and you’ll likely get your wish for them to remain quite… at which point you’ll probably criticize them for that too…

  4. gobungles says: Jan 26, 2012 9:17 PM

    Longneck needs to shutup already. Yes, it’s difficult that you’re career may be coming to a close. Yes, his owner kind of seems like a pompous d-bag.

    On the real, it’s best for both sides to just move onto new things and quit the posturing in the media. Peyton, if you want to be somewhere else, then go sit down and ask. Things will never be the same as they used to be, so get over it.

  5. skeebo80 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:17 PM

    Just go ahead and break up now and get this over already

  6. ctattles says: Jan 26, 2012 9:17 PM

    The spirit of Brett Favre lives on through Peyton Manning!!!!

  7. Burritto says: Jan 26, 2012 9:18 PM

    No, no, no, no.

    This is not a “battle for the hearts and minds of Colts fans”. This is two decent men trying to handle a difficult separation while under a microscope. I don’t have a horse in this race, but if you consider what’s happened so far, it’s really a very reasonable situation.

    If this blows up, watch it blow up and report away. If Manning and the Colts drift apart, please don’t try to embellish it into an explosion.

  8. chicagosundevil says: Jan 26, 2012 9:19 PM

    Jim Irsay is such a moron.

  9. oscojoe says: Jan 26, 2012 9:19 PM

    Manning knows what he is doing, he started all this brew hah hah and now he is playing politics again!

    It is to bad the Colts fans have to go though this, especially from a player, a HOF player mind you who’s true colors are showing through!!!

  10. dumptrucked says: Jan 26, 2012 9:20 PM

    This fight is like two men in tuxedos standing toe to toe and slapping each other with thier white gloves

  11. gacoltfan says: Jan 26, 2012 9:20 PM

    Don’t agree with the analysis that he is trying to continue the tit-for-tat. He had to respond to Irsay’s words. He did it without controversy by saying he and Irsay will talk.

  12. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 26, 2012 9:21 PM

    Manning is such a whiner. The guy basically has has the run of the franchise for over a decade, has had input in personnel decisions, and been paid well over $150M from the Colts (including $28M last year for sitting on his butt) and now he wants to play the victim. You’re an old man Peyton and you don’t even have a winning postseason record. Quit crying.

  13. buzzbissinger says: Jan 26, 2012 9:21 PM

    Ah, Peyton, such a diplomat, taking the high road. Whilst he lays the groundwork for endorsements to come…

  14. roamingabriel says: Jan 26, 2012 9:22 PM

    Seems like he’s not quite as enamored with the “horseshoe” as Irsay is…

    This is gonna get ugly!

  15. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 26, 2012 9:22 PM

    Peyton needs to stop talking. Each interview he’s done this week has made him look like a spoiled brat. This is no different.

    Shut up now so you can retire next month without having damaged your image too badly.

  16. dsfrantz says: Jan 26, 2012 9:23 PM

    am i the only one in the room who sides with Irsay on this whole thing?

    i absolutely adore Peyton, he’s my favorite athlete, but that interview earlier this week *was* uncharacteristically stupid. you never want to publicly make *any* negative comments about your employer.

    as far as Irsay is concerned, he payed the guy $26 million to sit on a bench this past season, and was completely cool about it. however, with a 2-14 season, heads have gotta roll somewhere, and i firmly believe he made the right call in cleaning house.

    in my career i’ve had the privilege of working with many friends of mine, but i’ve always had to recognize that sometimes my friends don’t perform well in management. great people, but not great leaders. just last week my employer had to fire someone who was a good friend to many of us here, but as an employee he clearly wasn’t cutting it. 2-14 season with no roadmap for future success is the football version of that.

  17. turboreattore says: Jan 26, 2012 9:23 PM

    All this story is a shameful. After Johnny Unitas for almost 30 years the Indianapolis Colts has been one of the most ridicolous team in the NFL. Thanks to Peyton Manning the franchise resurrected in a great and winning team. This guy deserve much more respect. Irsay if you don’t wanna pay him for whatever reason, cut him and shut that mouth.

  18. cantarguefacts says: Jan 26, 2012 9:23 PM

    This is getting weirder, but I have faith in Peyton and Jim to work this out professionally from here on out.

  19. shelovesfootball says: Jan 26, 2012 9:24 PM

    Didn’t Peyton learn anything from the Brett Favre debacle? Owners > players

  20. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 26, 2012 9:24 PM

    Advantage Manning.

  21. denverhighrize says: Jan 26, 2012 9:25 PM

    I can only assume Peyton’s least favorite song of all time is the “Sounds of Silence”

  22. feck12a says: Jan 26, 2012 9:26 PM

    Future redskin. Nobody will outbid snyder for the ultimate qb

  23. geefan1 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:27 PM

    Or perhaps until he calls Irsay “pathetic” and an “irrelevant billionaire.”

    Payton has far too much class and is enough of a professional to ever do something that stupid…

  24. rogerbrad says: Jan 26, 2012 9:27 PM

    We’ll take him. GO TEXANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:27 PM

    How long till the Colts tell him he can’t rehab on the facility any more in fear of him being re-injured and the Colts on the hook for his salary again ?

  26. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 26, 2012 9:29 PM

    So… Jets or….?

  27. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 26, 2012 9:29 PM

    Irsay must not have enjoyed his daily episode of fraggle rock.

  28. fittytuckin says: Jan 26, 2012 9:29 PM

    Girl Fight!!!!

  29. monstoro15 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:30 PM

    he should sign with the 49ers. he would have the benefit of the number 1 defense in the league.
    the 49ers were only short a playmaking quarterback to make the super bowl.

  30. abninf says: Jan 26, 2012 9:30 PM

    Brett Farve Saga v2. The media is drooling over this one.

  31. beatjoeunibrow says: Jan 26, 2012 9:30 PM

    “Manning likely will win. Unless and until he signs with the Texans.”
    ———————————————————-

    interesting proposal.

    Manning with an actually great offensive line, running back, and…

    ANDRE JOHNSON.

    oh, and that defense.

    he’d get at least one ring, but that deal just won’t happen.

    he doesnt have the audacity of favre

  32. coolgato13 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:35 PM

    WOW! No one who has been paying attention can claim to be surprised. But it is still shocking to see it play out.

  33. backindasaddle says: Jan 26, 2012 9:36 PM

    Ohhhh…poor poor Peyton. He’s so hurt by all the change and it’s so “tough” on him. I feel so bad for him. Poor poor Peyton is finding it difficult because apparently he now can see that the world has changed and it may no longer be revolving exclusively around Peyton Manning. Ohhhhh poor poor Peyton. Apparently he’s finding it “tough” coming to the realization that he does not own and operate the Colts and he’s not going to have any say in what happens. I guess poor poor Peyton will just have to pocket the $28,000,000.00 he got for not playing this year and pocket the rest of the fortune he’s made and sulk off to something else with a crocodile tears in his eyes. Poor poor Peyton.

  34. TheWizard says: Jan 26, 2012 9:38 PM

    If this blows up, watch it blow up and report away

    Hall of Fame quarterback and owner sparring in the media?

    It’s already blown up.

    As a Pats fan I’ve loved to hate the Colts for the better part of a decade, but this is sad.

    I hope Peyton comes to the AFC East so I get to see him and Brady battle twice a year. Assuming he’ll play again, which I don’t think anybody knows for sure yet.

  35. Deb says: Jan 26, 2012 9:38 PM

    Peyton Manning has been an exceptional quarterback, a hard worker, and he’s done a tremendous job for the Colts. But he seems to have trouble accepting that he doesn’t own the team and is an employee just like every other player. I’m sure it’s difficult to see the Polians and Caldwell go. But Manning isn’t the only person who’s seen his friends laid off in the last few years. Most of us have had to grin and bear it with our mouths shut if we wanted to keep our jobs. And we didn’t just spend the year earning millions of dollars in worker’s comp. The prima donna bit might be more effective if he actually knew whether he was capable of playing.

  36. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:41 PM

    I’m not a huge Peyton fan. I think he is whiny and has a little too much ego sometimes. That being said I don’t see anything on his original comments that was all that bad. Change aucks sometimes and in professional sports when you try to loe about your frustration the fans are generally able to pick up on it pretty easily.

  37. dalucks says: Jan 26, 2012 9:47 PM

    I wish Jim Irsay would just go ahead and inform the world that Peyton Manning will no longer be a Colt instead of dragging this out until March 8 when he is suppose to pay Peyton 28 million dollars.
    I am getting as tired of hearing about this the same way I got tired of hearing about Tim Tebow.

  38. rantfire says: Jan 26, 2012 9:48 PM

    Irsay is clearly stupid, Manning built this franchise, and he did it with the help of the Polians, there was a time when that franchise structure appeared to be the strongest in football, even stronger than NE.

    The dumbest thing Irsay could do was clean house. Now the man who built your new stadium can’t stand being in it without the people who brought him there.

    For years the Colts were always in the hunt, and now they won’t even be close, especially if you cut or trade Manning. Luck won’t be Manning without Manning’s help. You’re gonna throw every chance you have left away because of one bad year. Who knows when Luck will be good enough to beat Brady, you can assure yourself it won’t be very soon.

  39. brownsclown says: Jan 26, 2012 9:53 PM

    OMG! Has he hired Tony Grossi from Cleveland as his spokesman? The “pathetic” and an “irrelevant billionaire” is his twitter line!

  40. ravenscaps48 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:53 PM

    Jim Irsay… TOOL

  41. packerman1968 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:54 PM

    Its on like Donkey Kong.

  42. donniebmc says: Jan 26, 2012 9:54 PM

    Two years ago, I would have never believed this would be happening.

  43. vikingsprimetime says: Jan 26, 2012 9:54 PM

    you are a bum floorio, through and through

  44. thejotapee says: Jan 26, 2012 9:55 PM

    Stupid
    Blackberry!

  45. packerman1968 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:55 PM

    Has the “all knowing Tony Dungy” approved this spat?

  46. vikesfansteve says: Jan 26, 2012 9:59 PM

    Come to the Vikings & mentor Ponder & win the SB. Please.

  47. tashkalucy says: Jan 26, 2012 10:01 PM

    Look….

    I know Peyton Manning is one of the great players of this era.

    But is there really a need for 10 stories a day on his status?

  48. supremeomega says: Jan 26, 2012 10:06 PM

    Brady will be retired in 5-6 years and Luck will be a top 3 QB in the NFL. Manning had a good run but could not get more than one ring. Now they build with defense to complement Luck. They will be bad two years then better than before. They won’t win 12-13 games a year but they will win more SBs with Luck if they build properly and he is as good as many think

  49. wikidpissah says: Jan 26, 2012 10:07 PM

    feck12a says: Jan 26, 2012 9:26 PM

    Future redskin. Nobody will outbid snyder for the ultimate qb
    ====================================
    Tom Brady’s not available.

  50. irongershwin says: Jan 26, 2012 10:10 PM

    It looks like Irsay and Jerry Jones will meet in the Super Bowl of turds. Of course, the winner of that Super Bowl will square up against Rex Ryan and The New York Jets.

  51. kingpel says: Jan 26, 2012 10:16 PM

    I know one thing. Love him or hate him, Bob Kraft would not act like this.

  52. bertumc says: Jan 26, 2012 10:18 PM

    I say again….don’t mention The Texans. You didn’t mention us earlier in the year…..you dogged us and now you toss us in on the Manning issue….Do us all a favor and report on the other teams. Texans are used to being ignored and then rising up. The Houston Texans are rising up and will take care of the East Coast bias soon enough.

  53. conbro8 says: Jan 26, 2012 10:19 PM

    Manning will NOT be wearing a different jersey next season. He will be a Colt or will retire. How many times do you idiots have to hear it?

  54. gacoltfan says: Jan 26, 2012 10:19 PM

    Ohhhh…poor poor Peyton. He’s so hurt by all the change and it’s so “tough” on him. I feel so bad for him. Poor poor Peyton is finding it difficult because apparently he now can see that the world has changed and it may no longer be revolving exclusively around Peyton Manning. Ohhhhh poor poor Peyton. Apparently he’s finding it “tough” coming to the realization that he does not own and operate the Colts and he’s not going to have any say in what happens. I guess poor poor Peyton will just have to pocket the $28,000,000.00 he got for not playing this year and pocket the rest of the fortune he’s made and sulk off to something else with a crocodile tears in his eyes. Poor poor Peyton.

    ——————————————————————————

    Yeah, come on Peyton. You have made millions, therefore you have given up all rights to have actual feelings for the people you have worked with the last decade. You need to act like a robot. Expressing that it is sad to see those people go is just unexceptable.

  55. 2greatgoldens says: Jan 26, 2012 10:22 PM

    Sounds like Manning has been taking diva lessons from Favre.

  56. thefiesty1 says: Jan 26, 2012 10:26 PM

    Irsay is handling this situation very sleazy. Kind of like the moving vans in the dead of night leaving Baltimore. All speculation is meaningless…until the moving vans start rolling out of town. Just which one will it be? Manning or Irsay?

  57. joelake123 says: Jan 26, 2012 10:28 PM

    I wish people would stop bringing Favre into this discussion. Favre and Manning have both had hugely successful careers as NFL QBs, and that’s where the comparisons should end. I’m a big fan of both, but they’re drastically different when it comes to QB style, and media relations for that matter. It’s not necessary to mention Farve every time a team might release or trade their legendary franchise QB.

  58. pastabelly says: Jan 26, 2012 10:29 PM

    Jim Irsay and the other winners of the lucky sperm club will screw up their inherited franchises, given the chance. Bill Polian must be laughing his ass off somewhere.

  59. tangerinediesel says: Jan 26, 2012 10:30 PM

    Arizona is a lot warmer this time of year Peyton!

  60. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 26, 2012 10:31 PM

    ““At this point, Mr. Irsay and I owe it to each other and to the fans of the organization to handle this appropriately and professionally, and I think we will,” Manning said”

    Pretty much exactly how a politician would respond. irsay was right.

  61. 2difshoe says: Jan 26, 2012 10:37 PM

    Irsay doesn’t want to look like a fool by almost giving Peyton $ 28 million for damaged goods….chumped out !

    Peyton wants that $ 28 million from Irsay…who else wouldn’t take it, and I’m sure Peyton feels he is owed it for the revenue he has brought to the franchise.

    Peyton, you have made $ 100 million during your career. Grab a wheel barrel, load your dough and pride in it and walk off in to the sunset…..before one more hit and you’re strapped to a gurney !

  62. plum13sec says: Jan 26, 2012 10:39 PM

    Back in october, i knew andrew luck was a Colt, but I completely thought that he would be behind Manning for the next 2 years. After seeing the KING of Image, peyton, saying all of this. Their is no way he believes he plays for the colts next year. no damn way.

  63. sundog05 says: Jan 26, 2012 10:39 PM

    It would be hilarious if Luck gets a career ending injury on his first pro snap.

  64. sophiethegreatdane says: Jan 26, 2012 10:43 PM

    Is it just me, or is anyone else simply SICK of Jim Irsay? As an old Baltimore Colts fan, I hated his father, Bob, but had heard that his son was so much different. Well it appears that’s not the case. This is exactly the kind of unprofessional behavior that caused such a problem in Baltimore, with Bob spending years embarrassing the city with his drunken rants to the press. I can only imagine what it would have been like if Bob had a twitter account like his son has.

    It’s time for this putz to shut up.

  65. profootballwalk says: Jan 26, 2012 10:43 PM

    Herman Muster will have the last word.

  66. tropicpurple says: Jan 26, 2012 10:51 PM

    Divorce is ugly.

  67. jrsmits says: Jan 26, 2012 10:55 PM

    Irsay is clearly stupid, Manning built this franchise, and he did it with the help of the Polians, there was a time when that franchise structure appeared to be the strongest in football, even stronger than NE.

    The dumbest thing Irsay could do was clean house. Now the man who built your new stadium can’t stand being in it without the people who brought him there.

    For years the Colts were always in the hunt, and now they won’t even be close, especially if you cut or trade Manning. Luck won’t be Manning without Manning’s help. You’re gonna throw every chance you have left away because of one bad year. Who knows when Luck will be good enough to beat Brady, you can assure yourself it won’t be very soon.
    ———————————————————
    What they did was build a 2-14 team!!!

  68. sonnyp53 says: Jan 26, 2012 11:02 PM

    It’s about one decent guy, not two. That decent guy is going to retire and live a full life after football. His new career is just begining.

  69. kenboslice says: Jan 26, 2012 11:06 PM

    Turn out the lights, the party’s over. They say that all, good things must end. Turn out the lights, the party’s overrrr.

    I’m glad people are already assuming Luck will fill the shoes of a hall of famer.

    I love the Colts fans in denial about this situation being unprofessional. Peyton is talking his way out of town. If you think for a second he will retire if he can play, your delusional. Also, no player is untouchable. If Joe Montana can be traded, Manning can be cut.

  70. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    Manning will lead the Cleveland Browns to a SuperBowl in 2014

  71. kenboslice says: Jan 26, 2012 11:13 PM

    call it a night*

  72. Little Earthquake says: Jan 26, 2012 11:14 PM

    He’s welcome to back up Rodgers in Green Bay…

  73. jr4real says: Jan 26, 2012 11:15 PM

    Irsay may be crazy enough to cut him after he pays him the 28M.

  74. 2sausage11 says: Jan 26, 2012 11:16 PM

    To all the posters saying PM a class act

    I say he screwed the Colts by signing that contract knowing his neck was messed up I bet his doctor told him he may never play again now he wants another 28M before he calls it a game and hangs it up. Make me the highest paid player thanks BYE. You all know what he did and didn’t even kiss him

  75. norcal031 says: Jan 26, 2012 11:17 PM

    What else did Manning think would happen. Just another player only thinking like a player and not a part of an organization. Looks like theast time we will see him on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium will be doing the coin toss between Jarome Bettis and the Papa Johns guy.

  76. noahbird says: Jan 26, 2012 11:21 PM

    Jim Irsay’s twitter is hilarious.

  77. LoCoSu@%s says: Jan 26, 2012 11:29 PM

    Y dont dey bth comm. via twiter?

  78. jaglife says: Jan 26, 2012 11:30 PM

    Somehow this means the Jags are moving to LA right?

  79. trubroncfan07 says: Jan 26, 2012 11:39 PM

    Irsay just tweeted back that Peyton can suck it!

  80. tonypsfl says: Jan 26, 2012 11:43 PM

    Who’s the pitcher and who’s the catcher on this one?

  81. borderline1988 says: Jan 26, 2012 11:50 PM

    The outcome is simple.
    If Manning is healthy and fully recovered, they’ll keep him for another 2 – 3 years and have him mentor Luck.

    If there are some serious doubts about his health, you have to cut him. 28 million is an enormous sum of money, even to a billionaire. History means s*** in real life. They paid him over 22 million last year to do nothing. That’s respect enough for what he’s done.

  82. PCa Survivor says: Jan 26, 2012 11:50 PM

    “Manning likely will win. Unless and until he signs with the Texans.”

    Or perhaps until he calls Irsay “idiot owner who got liquored up and ran his mouth off.”

  83. revengeofthehoodie says: Jan 26, 2012 11:57 PM

    Peyton can be a back up to Brady next year, carry the clip board and pursue his career in coaching.

  84. rhusby28 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:03 AM

    The writing is on the wall. The Colts will draft Luck, and Manning will be playing for someone new next year. It’s hard to blame either side at this point. Irsay is blowing up the entire team, and Manning is way to big of a risk to pay $25 mill. a year and whatever guaranteed.

  85. ftblfan9 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:11 AM

    There are a lot of people smiling in Houston as this team self destructs.

    The elephant in the room is the extension that was granted to Manning and Manning signed, very likely knowing he would not play. The roster bonus is irrelevant, 0% chance it gets paid. This is about Irsay feeling and being duped. Don’t be surprised if this is ultimately the subject of litigation.

  86. ufullpj says: Jan 27, 2012 12:27 AM

    Watching this unfold – unfortunately – gives me a new-found respect for how the Packers handled the Favre situation.

    For both RI and PM, there’s a better way to handle this.

    And for Robert Irsay, becoming the story isn’t a recipe for success – just ask Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder.

  87. lostsok says: Jan 27, 2012 12:31 AM

    Sweet. Payton’s DONE in Indy. Thanks, Mr. Irsay, from every team that needs a QB!

  88. daknight93 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:05 AM

    Irsay cleaned house and has a new coach=Rebuilding for future…Great career with colts peyton, it’s time for both sides to go their separate ways…this divorce will happen and I can’t imagine Peyton wanting to stay there

  89. farvite says: Jan 27, 2012 1:18 AM

    Wish Favre-Green Bay could have been this amicable.

  90. trojan33sc says: Jan 27, 2012 1:19 AM

    Why bother rehabbing at the Colts facility watching friends box up their office ? Instead of getting into a polite “gentlemen’s argument” go rehab somewhere else and get ready to exact revenge on the Colt’s with some mind-blowing performance with another team. It’s OVER so gear up for WAR !!!

  91. acdc84 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:22 AM

    Peyton has made how many millions and millions of dollars during his tenure in Indy? Why the heck does he feel entitled to more money or loyalty?? Especially when he made $26M+ this last year for doing ZILCH, while still making endorsement money. i understand he’s done a ton for the Colts, but how much more money does he need????

  92. Andre's Johnson says: Jan 27, 2012 1:25 AM

    This is fascinating. You two ladies keep bickering while the rest of the AFC South passes you by.

    2012 Season:

    HOU 12-4
    TEN 9-7
    JAX 7-9
    IND 3-13

  93. jetsetfred says: Jan 27, 2012 1:26 AM

    That’s how they Do Ya!

  94. jasoncnz says: Jan 27, 2012 1:26 AM

    Peyton once famously told Irsay “If you dont draft me, I’ll spend the next 15 yrs kicking your ASS” Trust me, if Irsay cuts Manning after everything he’s done for that organization, to go with some ROOKIE, Peyton will make it his mission to keep Irsay from winning that division for as long as Peyton is in the league!

  95. xtb3 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:27 AM

    Burritto says:
    This is two decent men trying to handle a difficult separation.

    —-

    “2” decent men? Manning and who else are you talking about?

  96. nickster31 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:41 AM

    Is it just me, or is this like two kids that are both trying to get the last word?

    How about this, BOTH of you shut up.

  97. asublimeday says: Jan 27, 2012 2:11 AM

    Colts fans would have to be jaded morons not to lament Peyton leaving. College prospects are college prospects. Congrats on the #1 pick. Let him hopefully develop. Don’t watch manning win elsewhere.

  98. xlcapncrunchlx says: Jan 27, 2012 3:45 AM

    I dont see Peyton approaching Mr.Irsay to renegotiate his contract so what gives?? 20plus mil is a lot to give up on someone who doesn’t even know if they are going to play. Just part already

  99. fmwarner says: Jan 27, 2012 3:48 AM

    monstoro15 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:30 PM

    he should sign with the 49ers. he would have the benefit of the number 1 defense in the league.
    the 49ers were only short a playmaking quarterback to make the super bowl.
    ==================================

    That might be the best spot for Manning, but what the 49ers were missing were receivers, not a QB. Manning might do well there, but there’s no Marvin Harrison or Reggie Wayne in SF to throw to. There’s not even an Austin Collie.

  100. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:53 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Jan 26, 2012 9:21 PM
    Manning is such a whiner. The guy basically has has the run of the franchise for over a decade, has had input in personnel decisions, and been paid well over $150M from the Colts (including $28M last year for sitting on his butt) and now he wants to play the victim. You’re an old man Peyton and you don’t even have a winning postseason record. Quit crying.
    ————-
    He doesn’t play defense. You clowns who love to cite that record conveniently forget that.

  101. golonger says: Jan 27, 2012 3:54 AM

    Its nice to see that the true character is finally coming out….for both of these jerk offs….I said it would happen all along…Irsay is actually WORSE than his Dad (amazing that is possible) and Manning is the self-centered ego maniacal, red-neck I always knew he was….this is laughable!

  102. isujames says: Jan 27, 2012 4:00 AM

    I feel sorry for your neck, tank head.

  103. narollah says: Jan 27, 2012 4:31 AM

    Payton, don’t take any money or give your multi- million dollar [($$,$$$,$$$ .xx) (unemployment check)] received back from the 2011 NFL season. Payton, put your money where your mouth is and help gel a Colts team back together.

  104. zinn22 says: Jan 27, 2012 4:52 AM

    I have to hand it to Irsay. He appears to be the craziest owner in football and that is saying a lot when that list includes Jerry Richardson and Ralph Wilson. Some of the things Irsay has tweeted lately are just bizarre.

    With the Colts organization in chaos I am sure Manning has to be happy Irsay is giving him an excuse to get out of there and look like the good guy doing it.

  105. johnnybagofdoughnuts says: Jan 27, 2012 5:20 AM

    irsay better hope luck is as good as manning,not many out of school are, or for the next ten years they truly will suck for luck.

  106. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jan 27, 2012 5:34 AM

    Colts fan needs to understand the relatioship dynamic here; Colts signed Manning to a new contract last year that paid him $25,000,000 +/- in good faith that he would play qb for them. Manning neglected to share with the Colts that he just had another neck surgery and couldn’t play but would take their money. While Manning has helped bring wins to the Colts let us not lose sight of the fact that he was compensated incredibly well for this. The Colts do NOT owe him anything for what hasalready happened in the past. Let us not be fooled by Manning’s “aw shucks” routine. His father has trained him well. Peyton, you basically stole $25,000,000 last year. You don’t need to act like a child because your friend got fired. Man up and say you want to play somewhere else. The more more this is allowed to play out I am understanding of why Irsay is gutting HIS company and starting over.

  107. tommytd says: Jan 27, 2012 6:31 AM

    Hey at the end of the day, it’s business but I would say that anybody who works for Irsay should have his head examined. Maybe he’ll have Peyton clean out his desk in the middle of the night!

  108. mitchitized says: Jan 27, 2012 6:53 AM

    It is increasingly bizarre how much press Peyton is getting, we don’t even know if he will play football, ever again! First that needs to be figured out, all the other stuff is totally and completely irrelevant until then.

  109. i10east says: Jan 27, 2012 7:17 AM

    Dungy is flabbergasted….

  110. foxboro24 says: Jan 27, 2012 7:38 AM

    Look out for the moving trucks Irsay Jr may move to LA in the middle of the night. Runs in the family.

  111. 1historian says: Jan 27, 2012 8:28 AM

    1) 1984 – daddy moves the COLTS out of town in the middle of the night.

    2) 2001-2002 jimmie threatens to move the colts in 2006 unless the city fathers will build him a brand new billion dollar stadium. If they had not done that the colts would have started the 2006 season in L.A. – after having won the SuperBowl – and indy fans who could stand to watch their old team’s first game would have heard the p.a. system say: “Ladies and gentlemen, your World Champion Los Angeles Colts”

    John Unitas is STILL the greatest QB in COLTS history.

    I (almost) feel sorry for the indy fans, but I do get a kind of grim satisfaction from watching this pathetic little drama play out.

  112. quietman316 says: Jan 27, 2012 8:43 AM

    Reading some of the comments of calling Manning a baby and mentioning his post season record with this isn’t relevant to Irsay becoming his father.

    What Manning has done for that franchise is amazing especially with the lack of help Manning has had on both sides of the ball. Yeah of course Indy has some big names but not enough pieces to win multiple Super Bowls because of lack of moves in free agency and let’s face it they haven’t been able to draft a high draft pick since Dwight Freeney.

    If I was Manning too I’d respond to everything being said about me too. No one has truly carried a franchise like Peyton has and made them a contender with no running game and a defense that can pass rush but can’t stop the run for their life. Manning has also given that team life even when injuries took over that teams roster.

    Anyone comparing Manning to Brett Favre obviously isn’t a Manning fan or anyone that pays attention to him. Manning isn’t pulling anything close to Brett Favre and unlike Brett Favre when Manning is playing he plays consistently well. If Manning is healthy he will make any team a Super Bowl Contender especially teams with a run game and defense. Peyton isn’t too old and with his style of play can play for a great amount of time (as long as his neck holds up) at a top level.

  113. gmen1987 says: Jan 27, 2012 8:48 AM

    conbro8 says:
    Jan 26, 2012 10:19 PM
    Manning will NOT be wearing a different jersey next season. He will be a Colt or will retire. How many times do you idiots have to hear it?

    ===================================
    Can’t reason with idiots or fangirls.

    I have come to the conclusion most NFL fans are idiots.

  114. drshakedown74 says: Jan 27, 2012 9:16 AM

    Brotherly love Peyton……….Brotherly love.

  115. blackfoot11 says: Jan 27, 2012 9:49 AM

    Manning owes Irsay nothing. Manning success has done more for the city economically and philanthropically, than Irsay ever will. Irsay needs to tread lightly, he has enjoyed a 11-year run with Manning that many franchises would kill for. He may not ever sniff that kind of success again.

  116. glac1 says: Jan 27, 2012 9:50 AM

    It’s going to be a long off season if this will be in the news every day. He’s an aging quarterback who more then likely suffered a career ending injury. It’s time to move on.

  117. backindasaddle says: Jan 27, 2012 6:54 PM

    effjohntaylornorelation says:

    Colts fan needs to understand the relatioship dynamic here; Colts signed Manning to a new contract last year that paid him $25,000,000 +/- in good faith that he would play qb for them. Manning neglected to share with the Colts that he just had another neck surgery and couldn’t play but would take their money. While Manning has helped bring wins to the Colts let us not lose sight of the fact that he was compensated incredibly well for this. The Colts do NOT owe him anything for what hasalready happened in the past. Let us not be fooled by Manning’s “aw shucks” routine. His father has trained him well. Peyton, you basically stole $25,000,000 last year. You don’t need to act like a child because your friend got fired. Man up and say you want to play somewhere else. The more more this is allowed to play out I am understanding of why Irsay is gutting HIS company and starting over.

    ************************************************************************

    Amen….dead straight. Manning signed the big mega-contract and did not disclose the severity of the neck situation. So yes….. he basically stole $25,000,000 this year.

  118. backindasaddle says: Jan 27, 2012 7:02 PM

    trojan33sc says:

    Why bother rehabbing at the Colts facility watching friends box up their office ? Instead of getting into a polite “gentlemen’s argument” go rehab somewhere else and get ready to exact revenge on the Colt’s with some mind-blowing performance with another team. It’s OVER so gear up for WAR !!!

    ************************************************************************

    “Why bother rehabbing at the Colts facility watching friends box up their office?”

    Because there is another $28,000,000 at stake and Peyton wants it.

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