Report: Decision on Peyton Manning’s future made “weeks ago”

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Friday’s joint statement from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and owner Jim Irsay was described on these pages as “a bucket of water on the burgeoning brush fire.”

The embers are getting stoked again and we aren’t referring to the news that Bruce Arians is headed back to Indianapolis to be the Colts’ new offensive coordinator. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that the Colts have already made their decision about Manning’s future with the team.

“According to sources who were involved in the Colts’ GM search, the organization was planning to move on from Manning weeks ago, well before this public squabble between the quarterback and his owner,” La Canfora said. “So Friday’s joint statement won’t be changing a thing.”

Per La Canfora, the team will cut their ties to Manning before the scouting combine. The combine begins on February 22nd, well ahead of the March 8th deadline currently in place for the team to give Manning $28 million or set him free.

If you’re getting tired of the speculation about what will happen in Indy, we can’t blame you. We also think there’s a good chance you’ll look back at these days fondly if everyone moves onto frenzied speculation about where Manning will go next.

180 responses to “Report: Decision on Peyton Manning’s future made “weeks ago”

  1. I’m really starting to not like the business side of the NFL.

    When you can sign your franchise quarterback to a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract one year then turn around and cut him the next, is there ANY sense of loyalty?

    People wonder why players hold out for more money. They need to get as much as they can now. Before the owners decide they are expendable.

  2. I’m convinced there is no longer a such thing as a “franchise quarterback.” You are until something younger and flashier comes along.

  3. I hope Luck is a bust and the Colts are terrible for the next 10 years. That franchise was a joke before he got there. Show some loyalty Irsay!

  4. Wow … cut Manning just like that for afew dollars after he made Irsay millions over the years. I hope Luck refuses to sign.

  5. If this story were written a year ago, I think people would be laughing at you.

    NOBODY’S SAFE IN THE NFL.

  6. Hmmm. It’s more than possible, at this point, to believe this info is true and was leaked. I’m also seeing how this could have been mentioned to rob Lowe and then tweeted. I’ll remind everyone who vilified him for just seeking publicity….

  7. irsay probly moved on as soon as he figured out peyton probly couldnt play again, or that someone wasnt giving him enough info (thus suspecting peyton was toast), or that polian had screwed him out of too much $/info/wins.

    i am thinking september 2011 is when he “moved on”.

    a lot of people spend a lot of energy running down irsay and people like mark davis.

    thye arent like rex ryan, they arent always flapping their gums. there is something to be said for that.

  8. Not to be defending Irsay, but he didn’t have to keep saying he was gonna make Peyton the highest paid player in history. Peyton could have said” lets check the physical out BEFORE I sign this big contract. Lots of stupidity and lack of loyalty for everyone here.

  9. Let us not forget that Manning did get paid for an entire season that he didn’t play. Cutting a player or restructuring the contract to avoid an astronomical payout is what is expected by the player and the team. loyalty was only relevant before FREE AGENCY.

  10. Luck probably said he wouldnt sign if Manning were to be the starter. Luck isnt a fool. He wants to go ssomewhere to play. Maybe Manning will never play again? I dont know where he is on the neck injury, but I’d think that would be a pretty serious injury to reccover from, let alone play a sport like football.

  11. @ raideralex99

    Dude the Colts are doing what’s best for the team and long term success of the future. Yeah cutting Manning will suck, but it has to be done. Three years from now, no one will think about this as we’ll be well into the Andrew Luck era.

  12. The NFL is on a decline. Politics, Corectness and Scripting has delt it a grevious blow, and it will not recuperate. When I noticed it several years ago, I didn’t believe it, but now they arn’t trying very hard to hide it. My Wife sees it, and thats bad.

  13. Maybe he will end up i NY. Just not with the Jets. He can hold the clipboard for his younger brother and help him along.

    That’s a Rumor Mill.

  14. Maybe he will end up in NY. Just not with the Jets. He can hold the clipboard for his younger brother and help him along.

    That’s a Rumor Mill.

  15. “I hope Luck is a bust and the Colts are terrible for the next 10 years. That franchise was a joke before he got there. Show some loyalty Irsay!”

    Not Luck’s fault…..

  16. bearsrulepackdrool, NOBODY’S SAFE IN THE NFL.

    Well, duhhhhh. No kidding. Life goes on as does the NFL. Who knows if he can even play again let alone being one hit from permanent paralysis. Would you take that chance if it was one of your employees? Would you take that chance if it was your $28 million on the line? If you would that would be idiotic. It’s a business the minute the college player, or before, gets themselves an agent and prepares for the draft. Don’t like it? Sorry, that’s the way it is.

  17. Peyton Manning unquestionably has one of the sharpest football minds in the NFL. Seems like Irsay’s top priority would be in keeping Peyton in the organization, even if it meant letting Peyton draw up his own road map for what is future responsibilities would be. Makes me wonder if Irsay is just another Jerry Jones.

  18. No one can fault the Colts in this. It’s harsh, but it’s business. (Along the same lines, I rarely criticize NFL players for holding out).

    For the Colts, though, this is the right move. They get one of the elite QB talents to come out of college in ages. He’s not a lock to be a stud, but he’s as good as it gets relative to a draft talent. I mean, I was a huge fan of Jay Cutler coming out, and I think people forget how highly rated David Carr was by pro scouts, and there was Eli Manning as well, but Luck is simply in another category.

    Again, doesn’t mean he’s a lock, but this gives the Colts a chance to build a new core for a decade, rather than having the Peyton specter loom for 2-3 years, with Luck in the background. That’s not the most ideal situation for either guy, to say the least.

    Castonzo and Ijalana potentially gives them two young OL guys to build around, but whether or not they have their LT is a fair question. For the immediate future, I think you give Castonzo another year there (although you probably have a decent veteran backup lined up in case), and focus on the interior of the OL. They need some more skill help for Luck, particularly if he’s starting from the get-go and Wayne/Clark get moved.

    I’m going to be curious if Peyton is willing to go to the NFC and potentially have to fight his brother for the right to get to the Super Bowl. If not, the only AFC teams that look like possibilities would be the Dolphins and Jets. I guess I wonder if KC could be a darkhorse, but that sure seems unlikely, and I still think Baltimore sticks with Flacco and signs him down.

    I’ll be curious

  19. Hopefully Manning is healthy, and hopefully he signs in Denver! Move on from teh Tebow circus

  20. I hope he goes somewhere else and doesn’t retire. While it’s a crime against humanity to not see number 18 in blue any more, I’m not ready to see him leave the NFL. One more Brady vs. Manning game please!

  21. when you think about it, this really should be no surprise. There is no way an organization is going to make another gamble like that. $28M is too much money to spend “just in case he can play” Manning isn’t owed anything either. He was paid a hefty sum this year to hold a clipboard.

    I’m sure the Colts think he wasn’t up front about his health last year and their “loyalty/trust caused them not to check for themselves. That got Polian fired and that was the main clue that Manning would be gone.

    The only thing that this revelation shows is that there is likely no way to know Manning”s health status before the deadline. If the Colts don’t know, then neither will the rest of the teams. Manning will not be signed before or during the FA period prior to the draft. The QB needy teams will be forced to make decisions and draft accordingly. Manning will eventually either retire or release some sort of progress report for the 2012 season. He will be the first call made when a contender’s QB goes down mid season.

  22. I agree with the posters here. Keep Manning and draft a tackle. Who needs a rookie QB like Andrew Luck when you can have a 36 year old with a fused neck.

  23. This is just one of those things where you know it was going to happen…but it still shocks you when it does

  24. This is kind of sad, but honestly, for Manning it’s probably the best. He carried that franchise on his back for over 10 years. If healthy, it will be nice to see him get the chance to select his next team.

    Sad thing is, if healthy, he puts 100% of the team in the playoff hunt and 60+% of those teams become superbowl contenders.

  25. Business is business. Just hope he’ll be in good health. Jets will then grab him and the Brady/Manning match-ups will be absolutely awesome.

  26. People forget that he didn’t play at all this year and it’s very possible that he won’t play much, if ever, again. He got nearly $30 million last year for doing nothing. Why should the Colts put themselves in that position again? $60 million for two years of nothing? Uh, no thanks. Hello, Andrew Luck.

    I don’t even like Irsay and think it’s the right move by letting Peyton walk.

  27. The Colts paid Manning for nothing last year.

    Why should he be bitter?

    If only our employers took care of us like that.

    FACT

  28. Business be business. It’s the smart move. Peyton is 36 and a sack away from never playing again so loyalty is one thing and 28 mil is another.

    So if he doesn’t play again, he’s made a boatload of money and had a great career. If he does get healthy and goes on the market, it will be a feeding frenzy like we’ve never seen………

  29. It seems to me that the smart money would be to give Manning the $28 million, and then work to trade him. You would think if (and that’s a big if) Manning is healthy the Colts could easily get 2 First round picks. If the Bengals can potetially get to First rounders for Palmer you would think the Colt could get a minimum of two first round picks. You give Manning $28 million, and then you sign two first round picks to 5 year 25 million dollar deals, so you paid 28 million for two extra first rounders, that comes out to 39 million for each pick, thats still way cheaper than what it would have cost you 2 years ago and your helping your team for the future.

  30. emmac13 says: Jan 28, 2012 7:03 PM

    Say bye to Reggie too. Browns need a veteran.
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    And who is going to throw him the ball?

  31. Grow up people. For all we know, Manning might not be healthy enough to play in the NFL anymore. Why give a guy $28 million if you don’t know if he’s gonna be able to take another snap? Best to move on and start over.

    BTW, if I were the Colts, I would try and trade Freeney and get some value for him when he still has some. Why bother keeping him when the whole team’s gonna go into a full rebuild mode.

  32. This is like the movie Goodfellas where during the movie during the Latanza Heist they kill off everybody associated with this guy. In this case Irsay is killing off Polians and Caldwell. Pretty much anybody who had a connection to Manning.

  33. I hope Luck pulls an Elway or Eli just because Irsay is such a friggin tool. I can’t wish bad upon Luck, just the colts

  34. Ya I’d take it with a grain of salt whatever La Canfora says. He reported earlier that Spagnuolo to the Eagles was a done deal. We all saw how that worked out.

  35. As a Steelers fan, I can honestly say that this may ruin the career of Andrew Luck. Yes, Ben liked him, because he let Ben do what ever he wants. When it comes to play calling, especially in the Red Zone, BA is the worst in the NFL.

    People on here are saying the Colts should be loyal? Like they weren’t last off season, when they gave Manning close to $30 million to NOT play this season? Not to mention that the three contracts Manning has signed with the Colts were the (1) largest rookie contract EVER at the time, and started a chain reaction that has paid the top overall pick WAY too much, until last year. (2) His second contract was the largest ever signed at the time, and (3) last years contract that they gave to Manning without even knowing if he was ever going to play again. They still don’t know if he is ever going to be able to play again, that is why this option bonus was written in.

    I refuse to feel sorry for a man that has pocketed over $200 million since joining the Colts (NOT counting the money he has made in endorsements). HE should be the one with the loyalty to the team, owner, and fans to not even be trying to put them through this all, and say I will delay the due date of the option bonus, as long as you give me the chance to compete to be the starter next year.

    Buyer beware! Any team that signs Manning next year, will be lucky to get a season out of him. Ed Reed said he would have retired if he would have the same injury as Manning.

    And you people expect the Colts to fork over another $28 million, in the hopes of playing again? That is beyond foolish.

    That being said, hiring Arians pretty much means the Colts will again be the worst, or one of, next year.

  36. bearsrulepackdrool says:
    Jan 28, 2012 7:04 PM
    I’m convinced there is no longer a such thing as a “franchise quarterback.” You are until something younger and flashier comes along.
    *************************************

    Never mind the three neck surgeries.

  37. why was all this speculation to begin with? anybody with common sense would see after the season the colts just went thru that even with a healthy manning the team was not going to be a superbowl threat with all holes they had on the team. it was a great run for them and the city but do not forget for a second manning was well compensated for his time there not counting getting 26 million or whatever for not playing last year. only a fool would pay him what he is due next year even if he is healthy. they both knew it so there is no bad guy in this situation so whay are trying to act like niether one of then is?no need to feel sorry for either of them. I am just interested in seeing if colt fans will continue fill up the stadium or will use the peyton is not here anymore excuse to not show up until they see whether the luck era is going in the winning direction or not.

  38. If there were no QB prospects worth the # 1 pick in this draft, would the Colts make this move? How has it come to this!?! Peyton Manning? Cut? This is like the dumb guy in my league who cut him in 2009 on his bye week. The guy will be BACK!!!!

  39. bearsrulepackdrool says:Jan 28, 2012 7:03 PM

    I’m really starting to not like the business side of the NFL.

    When you can sign your franchise quarterback to a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract one year then turn around and cut him the next, is there ANY sense of loyalty?
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    And Manning is innocent here? All he has to do is say that he will push the deadline. You REALLY think the Colts should pay him $28M more and not be sure he can even play? It also affects the salary cap, which seriously affects the team too.

  40. So you’re telling me a career of 65% completions, almost 55,000 yards, and a td/int ratio of 2/1 and a sb ring with 4 mvps…and he gets.cut? sad face

  41. Only an idiot wouldn’t cut him and with all the changes, manning shouldn’t want to go back. Somebody else will pay him close to 28 million and he will likely fail like Favre and end his career humiliated and one up’d by Eli.

  42. I would like Irsay better if he was just a cold, calculating SOB. Instead, he just seems like a loose-lipped moron who — for some reason — gets to run an NFL team.

    Oh and BTW — this may confirm that Rob Lowe was right. Which also means that Irsay leaked team business about the single most important player in the franchise’s history to a movie star cause he had 1 too many glasses of scotch. Stay classy, Indy!

  43. umm…..they arent “cutting” him. His contract was basically a one year contract with a 4 year extension option…at mannings request. We stilll have no idea what mannings health is so why are people jumping on the colts for reportedly cutting him? The NFL is a business. It sucks but its true. I want him back but im not the one paying him 28 million

  44. @raideralex99 “a few dollars”? $28m is not a few dollars – if you think that you should run for Prez. That’s like 1/5 of the team’s salary cap. It’s sad but true that the NFL is not the league of storybook endings. Peyton will get a better chance to win now anyway – the Colts would probably be below .500 with him the way things stand. He also gets his own choice of where to go. I can’t really get too sad for the guy. The Colts will be bad for a while and while there’s no sure thing they probably are better off blowing it up and starting over.

    This thing is a P.R. mess and is ending ugly but it’s the best for all concerned.

    -QG

  45. If your Andrew Luck and you see how a future HOF QB is treated and you also see how the owner of the team is tweeting about Rob Lowe and porn stars do you take a step back and question why I would want to sign there?

  46. Dolphin Fan here, no horse in this race. But if Indy Fans, or PM fans or whatever are going to comment I suggest you know what you are commenting about. They are not cutting PM. His first 2 contracts were worth $146,000,000.00. In July he redid his contract for 5 yrs, $89 mill with $23 mill/yr payable in first 3 yrs, 10 mill per yr last 2. He got paid $23 mill this year to wear an indy hat and hold a clipboard. PM is not being cut. He is due a roster bonus on March 8th of $28 mill and because of his SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES and the fact that Indy doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to play again they are probably not going to pay him. How many of you have employers that would pay you the equivelent of your annual salary as a bonus if you missed the previous years work and there were serious questions as to whether you could ever work again? I didn’t think so.

  47. Looks like that contract is the kiss of death for the Polians. The Colts are giving up Manning with no compensation because of a ludicrous bonus payment to an unhealthy player. That’s why Bill Polian is transitioning to the radio business.

  48. What are you idiots going on about? Manning obviously isn’t healthy, otherwise the team wouldn’t cut him. Irsay just paid him $26 million to rehab all year. The only reason (and it isn’t even confirmed yet you dumb sheep) they’d cut him is if he isn’t capable of playing.

    You’re telling me you want an NFL franchise to pay an injured 36 year old QB, with 3 neck surgeries in the last 19 months, $28 million out of… loyalty? Are you kidding me? Use your brains people.

  49. raideralex99 says:
    Jan 28, 2012 7:05 PM
    Wow … cut Manning just like that for afew dollars after he made Irsay millions over the years. I hope Luck refuses to sign.
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    Man, I wish I had your life. 28 million dollars is a “few” to you? Good for you, money bags.

    Manning refused to sign a cap friendly contract ala Tom Brady and thus had to know this could happen.

    He made over 20 million last year to do absolutely nothing.

    I wouldn’t weep for Peyton Manning if I were you.

  50. Irsay made his mind up long before this. And probably why Polian a professional who has some class, was rudely fired. Fired for not being a yes man. Caldwell fired for almost losing the #1 pick with those 2 late wins.

  51. so the colts are going to get rid of manning and return to being a pathetic franchise the way got intended them to be. there, thats all the news you need.

  52. killxswitch says:
    Jan 28, 2012 7:44 PM
    What are you idiots going on about? Manning obviously isn’t healthy, otherwise the team wouldn’t cut him. Irsay just paid him $26 million to rehab all year. The only reason (and it isn’t even confirmed yet you dumb sheep) they’d cut him is if he isn’t capable of playing.

    You’re telling me you want an NFL franchise to pay an injured 36 year old QB, with 3 neck surgeries in the last 19 months, $28 million out of… loyalty? Are you kidding me? Use your brains people.
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    Payton was cleared to practice and take hits in December by medical staff. Irsay made his mind up along time ago that Luck is the new Franchise QB. Also gone are Mathis and Wayne…

  53. Irsay to Manning: “Thanks for everything Peyton, don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out”

  54. Awww…the Packers weren’t loyal to Favre? The “I’m in! No, I’m out! No, I’m in! No, I’m out!” guy? Please. They won the Super Bowl last year because they had guts to get rid of him.

    As for the dingbats here complaining about Manning getting “cut”, I am just busting a gut laughing at you. Are you really saying that, if you were Irsay, you’d just hand over $28 mil to a guy who didn’t play a down last year and who may never play again? How stupid can you get?

    And yeah…to whoever suggested that the Colts give him the $28 mil and then trade him…yeah, right. What idiot GM is going to give the Colts 2 first round picks for a QB who might not be able to play?

    Nobody is going to pay Manning squat or give up anything to get his services until he shows that he’s healthy and can play at an elite level.

  55. Peyton Manning is my favorite QB.
    He will be the biggest free agent on the market coming 2012/2013 season. Let the Manning to What team speculation begin. Just hope he doesnt turn out like Nnamdi as far as performance.

  56. I for one can’t wait to have Peyton in Arizona because we really need a Quarterback…’s coach.

    Seriously though, if he can’t play football, I think he’d be a badass coach. Especially in Arizona where we need any QB help we can get.

    (Of course it goes without saying that every team will want him if he’s healthy enough to play)

  57. First, you have to give a s**t. This goes on all the time, everywhere in business and it’s gone on in the NFL forever. Manning has had a good run and his neck problem means that the “Colts” need to look ahead. The same thing happened with Montana going to KC in his declining years and Manning with the uncertainty about his ability to play again means it is time to move on. He has been a great asset to the “Colts”, but he cannot and should not be a backup to any rookie. If he can contribute to another team, it will be temporary and likely will not lead to another Super Bowl, but only will delay the development of another quarterback.

  58. killxswitch says:
    You’re telling me you want an NFL franchise to pay an injured 36 year old QB, with 3 neck surgeries in the last 19 months, $28 million out of… loyalty? Are you kidding me? Use your brains people.

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    Peyton Manning single-handedly made the Indianapolis Colts RELEVENT, for over 12 years worth of sell-outs and a gazillion dollars worth of sales in Colts gear.

    Put a price tag on THAT.

  59. Peyton manning could go to the chiefs.

    Weak division

    They play the colts next year (revenge)

    They have a potential playoff defense

    They should have bowe. They have weapons on defense.

  60. I will hope for the best outta 3 teams this next season:
    1) Colts
    2) Whatever team PM plays for if healthy except when playing the the Colts
    3) Whatever team is playing the Pats each week

  61. Irsay to Manning: “Thanks for everything, Peyton. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

  62. it’s business…get hurt and you’re out…Manning shouldn’t be surprised with the sweeping changes…Irsay already said, the horse shoe is bigger than him and Manning..translation=Manning you’re out, thanks for your services buddy.

  63. I’ve been saying for months – as have many others – Peyton please retire!

    Think of your health and safety. One Suh-style ‘pull the guy down by twisting his neck’ play could leave you a quadriplegic!! And you know someone will try to pull you around by your facemask at some point because most teams have a guy who plays dirty like that and some have several.

    You have more money than you, your children and your grandchildren will ever need and would have a several immediate job offers, too.

    Retire now, as a hero, with full fanfare and undying love of the team, the city and a the League.

    Staying too long can only diminish those things. Just ask Mr Favre.

    It’s time. Go out on your own terms, as one of the best QBs ever, before the decision is made for you, likely by a broken neck. Go gracefully while you can still be the husband and father you want to be to your family.

  64. starfan79 says: Jan 28, 2012 7:49 PM
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    Payton was cleared to practice and take hits in December by medical staff. Irsay made his mind up along time ago that Luck is the new Franchise QB. Also gone are Mathis and Wayne…

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    First of all, it’s Peyton, not Payton. After 13 years, you still don’t know?

    Second, prove it. I guarantee there is not one single report out there stating Manning is cleared to take hits in practice. Know what you’re talking about before you spout off, it makes you look stupid when you don’t.

  65. azbadinals says:Seriously though, if he can’t play football, I think he’d be a badass coach.

    Uh, not so fast. That’s all we hear about, how basically he helped out the Colts this year and ran offense during practice. And they won two games. Great player does not necessarily translate to great coach, see Mike Singletary, and really, can’t think of one ‘great’ player who ever turned out to be a great coach.

  66. Any contract Peyton gets will be heavily laced with incentives based on playing time.

    No one’s going to hand the dude heavy green based on what he did in the past.

    And he’s got to pass a physical.

  67. This is honestly very unfortunate- Manning has been this team for the past 10+ years and his place in history has been reduced because of everyone around him, organization and players. Now they have an aggressive defensive head coach (vs. Tampa 2 which is soft) and an attacking offensive coordinator.

    With these new coaches paired with Manning, I could definitely see the organization doing much better, but if they cut ties with Manning I hope Luck is a bust and Manning goes to another team and wins at least two more Superbowls.

  68. Wasn’t andre ware, david carr and david kliengler also NFL ready…how is that big qb change in philly working out in philly with kolb, or should I say arizona.

  69. Quick history lesson:

    Sterling Sharpe-neck fusion, retired
    Michael Irvin-neck fusion, retired
    Peyton Manning-neck fusion……………

  70. To those of you that really think Jim Irsay was OK with paying P.M. $28 mill and him not taking one snap and that it was a master plan for the Colts to suck and go 2-14 so they could draft A.L. I have some very pristine land in the southern area of Fl. you most certainly would and should be interested in.

  71. The Jets, led by Woody & Mr. T, are licking their chops, ready to risk their franchise & the progress they’ve made the past 3 seasons all because they are distraught over watching another Big Brother v. Big Cousin Super Bowl.

  72. Jets, Dolphins, Cleveland, Redskins, Seahawks, or Cardinals

    Redskins, Dolphins, or Jets seem the most likely so he’ll either face Tom Brady twice a year or his brother Eli.

  73. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 28, 2012 8:02 PM

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    Peyton Manning single-handedly made the Indianapolis Colts RELEVENT, for over 12 years worth of sell-outs and a gazillion dollars worth of sales in Colts gear.

    Put a price tag on THAT.
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    You mean like giving him contracts that made him the highest-paid player ever in the NFL? Twice? There’s your pricetag. Don’t act like Manning did this for charity or out of the kindness of his heart. He was more than well-compensated. If you really think an owner should pay any player that much money, and therefore sink his own team for an entire season, as a season-long “thank you”, then you are delusional at best.

  74. I’m surprised the team hasn’t locked him out of the facility in fear of him becoming reinjured while rehabbing there and being on the hook for another 30 odd million to the guy.

  75. This is just a product of the new colective bargaining ageement. The owners told the players that they wanted to cut rookie contracts by 25-40% so they could give the money to vets that have earned it. Now rookies are playing on cheep contracts and the vets attempt not getting paid. Why pay all that money for an aging Manning when you can Luck for pennies on the dollar.

  76. Peyton Manning has earned approximately $175,000,000.00 playing for the Colts and probably another $100-$150,000,000.00 in endorsments. That seems like a more than generous pricetag.

  77. “He got nearly $30 million last year for doing nothing”.

    I like Peyton as much as the next person, however, Does the above statement sound familiar?

    Like most of the CEO’s of the United States he received compensation for non-performance…and like most leaders…he will be released with a pat on the back , a thank you for your service, and by the way…here is your final paycheck for your service?!!?! :>O

  78. I believe you are all forgetting something here. There is a reason to why Peyton Manning would be released and it doesn’t have anything to do with the money. HE IS NOT HEALTHY.. NO STRENGTH IN TRICEPS. Before everyone says I want him on my team.. no I want him on my team. Think again.. He can’t play

  79. vanmorrissey says:
    Jan 28, 2012 7:18 PM
    bearsrulepackdrool, NOBODY’S SAFE IN THE NFL.

    Well, duhhhhh. No kidding. Life goes on as does the NFL. Who knows if he can even play again let alone being one hit from permanent paralysis. Would you take that chance if it was one of your employees? Would you take that chance if it was your $28 million on the line? If you would that would be idiotic. It’s a business the minute the college player, or before, gets themselves an agent and prepares for the draft. Don’t like it? Sorry, that’s the way it is.

    _____________________________

    Last, I checked they signed the contract when he was hurt, and even PAID him for a full season he couldn’t play.

    Why even pay him that much if you were going to cut him when he got healthy. He was cleared to practice towards the end of the season but they decided against it because there wasn’t a point. Yet, they’re going to cut him after a season where he didn’t even take the field.

  80. Manning has been great but get real. Loyalty schmolalty. Are you going to pay 28 million to a guy who might not be able to play? He made enough money for 10 lifetimes. It’s time to absorb the growing pains of the next rookie that could be great for the next 12 years. If Manning can still play I wish him all the best as well.

  81. They paid him 28 million to do nothing, that is loyalty
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    Loyalty or Royalty? Irsay is acting like that 28 mil bought the rest of Peyton’s career, and now he owes it to “the horseshoe” to retire!

    Peyton should have been allowed to leave gracefully, not ushered out with a hint that it’s time to retire from Rob Lowe.

    That’s not only not a very loyal thing to do, it’s totally disrespectful to the guy who’s talent and hard work brought his team to respectability!

  82. The Dolphins Could be where he ultimately lands. Warm weather, stays in the AFC, gets a top 10 defense, and Miami already has Brandon Marshall, Devon Bess, Reggie Bush on offense. Not to mention Jake Long garding his blind side and Joe Philbin bringing the same playbook that allowed Matt Flynn to throw for 6 touchdowns. And, Miami Plays the Colts next year in Indy, Just sayin’.

  83. The NFL is a cold blooded business. Good luck wherever you go #18. Please let it still be a team in the AFC still and I hope u kick the sh*t out of the colts every year.

  84. People making comments hating on the Colts seem to ignore the fact that Peyton probably will never complete a full NFL season again. He has a severe neck injury.

    Not only is his injury never going to heal, they had to fuse two or three of his vertebrae together permanently, which will hinder everything he does athletically, especially throwing.

    The Colts have the #1 pick and are staring at the best QB prospect since Manning. On their roster they have a player that is more than likely done. What are they supposed to do? Keeping Manning on the team still doesn’t mean he’ll be on the field.

  85. “Show some loyalty Irsay!”

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    That word was never discussed in the Irsay household.

  86. erfoster says:
    Jan 28, 2012 7:09 PM
    arizona. because.
    dome
    fitz
    week division (atleast it used to be before 9ers)
    nfc west plays the afc south in 2013 (payback)

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    Peyton may not want to face San Francisco’s defense twice a year

  87. Currently I don’t want him on the Fins. If and when he can pass a physical maybe, but not until then. A healthy anybody is better than Peyton because well, he can’t play. He’s had 3 surgeries on his neck in the last 1 & 1/2 years. The chances of him playing again are slim, playing anywhere like his old self, slimmer. However, it would be a great story if it happens.

  88. The arrogant bloggers and journalists owe Rob Lowe an apology. How many of them run in the same social circles as owners and players? Rob Lowe sure does.

  89. There will be no frenzied speculation where Manning will go. He will go to a very dumb team that will pay big bucks for an aged QB with a bum neck. The list of teams that stupid is short, but there are a few.

    Here’s a hint. Their initials are among these letters.

    XXXNXXXYXXXJXXX

  90. How many QBs have come into the league and done so much with so little like Peyton has. I understand they need to move on but by no means can they expect Luch to do what Manning has done. They’re gunna need a lot more than just a new QB.

  91. I beg to differ regarding loyalty. I think Jim Irsay showed extreme loyalty through the years to PM. Because of his ability and outstanding performance PM is the highest paid NFL player
    ever, some $175,000,000.00. Now he can’t play so he is not going to get paid. It is a performance based business (key word) plain and simple. I am a salesman, always have been always will be. If I sell I get paid, if I don’t sell I don’t get paid, or worse. I really don’t know where this loyalty thing comes in. It’s a simple concept, if you can play in the NFL you get paid well, if you can play extremly well you get paid extremely well and if you can’t play at all you dont get paid, or worse. Accept it, that’s the way it is.

  92. Just adding to my previous post……Peyton did have a very serious neck surgery, so it is possible that he may never be able to play again. Hate to see that happen, but would rather have him healthy to enjoy his family.

  93. Peyton Manning is not worth $26 million at this point in his career, especially considering his likelihood of playing next year completely uncertain.

    Irsay is an ass though for dragging this out and then trying to play games through social media. Just come out and say you’re planning on moving on.

  94. If not for Peyton, we would not have Lucas Oil stadium, we would not have a championship, and we would not be hosting the Superbowl right now, how much money has irsay made off of Peyton?

  95. an injured beyond repair manning is worth no more than a coach’s salary. a healthy manning is worth 28 mil a year. that’s a big difference, so why isn’t someone in indy looking for a middle ground. if manning comes back he delivers a 33% chance of superbowl every year he plays. so why don’t they beg him to renegotiate his contract and go that route?

  96. to Santolonius, that very well may be the case, everyone can speculate this 1000 different ways but we’ll just have to wait and see. I dont think PM is done done but renegotiating so he can still play here and have A. Luck makes more sense to me, Peyton has put too much moey and personal time in our community to leave, he basically even said so

  97. Many of you crying FOR Peyton were AGAINST Peyton during the strike. You crack me up with YOUR loyalty.

    Loyalty is a personal trait, not a personnel one. Not a business ideal. Businesses reward customer loyalty, not employee loyalty. Employees needn’t be loyal, simply perform the agreement in their contract and adhere to all rules.

    So, not being a ‘tard Republican, I side with the union as I always have and support the employees, the players. Most of you fans side with your need for entertainment and don’t care who’s side you take as long as you get your fix.

    Silly hypocrites…

  98. roberts09 says:
    Jan 28, 2012 8:28 PM

    Wasn’t andre ware, david carr and david kliengler also NFL ready…how is that big qb change in philly working out in philly with kolb, or should I say arizona.

    I’ll answer the Philly question: it’s a wash. McNabb was done (everyone in Philly knew it well before the national media, aka ESPN, got their heads out of their collective asses and saw what we saw) and Kolb/Vick is basically doing the same thing McNabb did before: frustrate us to no end. That’s why we’re mostly writing off 2012 and hope they clean house (FO, coaching staff and Vick gone) and start over with new energy.

    BTW, another thing about Manning: Wayne and Saturday are also FAs. Think the team that gets Manning might also get those two (expect the Jets with Mangold).

  99. Being a Colts fan starting from the Bert Jones era, I am very sad how things have played out. While I understand it is a business, and Irsay must protect his business, I am saddened at how I feel Irsay allowed this to play out. From my perspective, it seems as if Peyton was kind of left on the sidelines as decisions about his future with the team were made. It seems as there was a lack of respect. Manning made this team more successful in his tenure than any time in my 35 years as a fan. The Superbowl is being played at Lucas Oil, the stadium built because of Peyton.
    More than anything, I am saddened by the fact that Manning may not be able to go out on his own terms. Which I believe every athlete truly wants, as they reach the twilight of their career.
    I will always be a Manning fan. I just hope I find a way to continue to be a Colts fan.

  100. Peyton knew this day would eventually come as it does for every professional football player. Time to hang up your cleats, count the many blessings that this great game has provided to you and your family and put that BA in Speech Communication to good use.

  101. This is what happens when players get older and more fragile. Even Joe Montana was pushed out of town.

  102. if this is true then the odds that this backfires on irsay are tremendous. I wonder if he just plans on up an moving the team somewhere else if things get to heated there in industry. colts fans don’t ho to sleep or you may wake up without s team at all.

  103. Peyton Manning’s next gig will be playing catch with his father. Hey, he made $24 million this past year for not playing. He should have no complaints. To expect another $28 for doing nothing is ludicrous. Go home, Peyton.

  104. bearsrulepackdrool says:
    Jan 28, 2012 7:03 PM
    I’m really starting to not like the business side of the NFL.

    When you can sign your franchise quarterback to a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract one year then turn around and cut him the next, is there ANY sense of loyalty?

    =================================
    Its not about loyalty. Its about puting the best team on the field. Do you want to win super bowls or do you want to hang on to players you like.

  105. For all you people saying the Colts paid Manning $20 million this year for doing nothing … are you sure the Colts paid him or did the Colts’ insurance pay Manning the $20 million.

    roberts09 … please don’t compare McNabb to Peyton it’s not even close.
    I will say this … if Manning can play …which ever team he goes to will have a better record than the Colts.

  106. Currently there is still no guarantee he will play anywhere. Michael Irvin was told after his neck injury if he played again he could end up a vegetable. “one too many hits with the snake” (from Aladdin)

    And for those of you who wonder if he plays will he be as good? He hurt his neck, not his throwing arm. If he plays, it will be because he and some team (anybody’s guess here) have the same mind and have seen him throw and pass a physical. So if he plays, whoever he plays for will be an instant Super Bowl Contender. Any Owners got $25 mil or so to pony up?

  107. stevenfbrackett says:Jan 28, 2012 8:10 PM

    I’ve been saying for months – as have many others – Peyton please retire!

    Think of your health and safety. One Suh-style ‘pull the guy down by twisting his neck’ play could leave you a quadriplegic!! And you know someone will try to pull you around by your facemask at some point because most teams have a guy who plays dirty like that and some have several.

    You have more money than you, your children and your grandchildren will ever need and would have a several immediate job offers, too.

    Retire now, as a hero, with full fanfare and undying love of the team, the city and a the League.

    Staying too long can only diminish those things. Just ask Mr Favre.

    It’s time. Go out on your own terms, as one of the best QBs ever, before the decision is made for you, likely by a broken neck. Go gracefully while you can still be the husband and father you want to be to your family.
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    AMEN!!! Completely agree with everything you said. I like Manning, but even if he’s healthy enough to play next year, will he ever be the same? Or will he forever be looking for the hit that finishes him off instead of playing to the level he used to? Some say Brady hasn’t been the same since his injury. He’s still good…just gets skittish sometimes.

    And yes, Manning was huge for the Colts. He did a lot for the team and the city. He was also well compensated for what he did. So to say the Colts owe him….no, they paid him for the job he did.

    I understand the passion for the sport and love of the game, but he seriously HAS to consider what’s best for his family right now. He and his family are set for life. Don’t take such a huge risk…take the money and walk away with some dignity.

  108. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jan 28, 2012 7:04 PM

    I’m convinced there is no longer a such thing as a “franchise quarterback.” You are until something younger and flashier comes along.

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    Really, are you this naive? This has been going on forever. Joe Montana in the last two years of his career blessed the Kansas City Chiefs with his declining talent. And even worse, he didn’t choose them as a free agent – he was unceremoniously traded there.

  109. I just hope Manning pulls a Jeff Fisher and chooses anothervteam besides the Dolphins. Manning was great. But not anymore. Nevertheless, the Dolphins seem to have him as the top priority. I just hope Manning saves the Dolphins from themselves and goes somewhere else.

  110. I think Manning is all done, I can’t see any team willing to dish out the millions for a player that will be 36 1/2 years old when the season stars, coming off his 3rd neck surgery and sat out the previous season?

    Seriously, it’s OVER.

  111. Look I Know we Italians are portrayed in movies as “goodfellas”. But yahoo it’s “Luftansa” not Latanza….that’s da way dey pronounced it…lol

  112. Saw some remarks about loyalty. It runs both ways. An organization puts years of coaching and money into a player, then he bolts when someone offers more money.
    A worker does a job for several years then gets a layoff. The business is struggling, so the years of loyalty mean little when you look at the bottom line for both the players and the owners.
    Cutting Manning is the right thing for the Colts, and it’s really the best thing for Manning, as he would be stuck with a rebuilding team. If Manning can play(yet to be determined) he could get his likelypick of teams. He could go to a team on the cusp, like Seattle or Arizona. Imagine a pairing of a healthy P. Manning and Larry Fitzgerald?

  113. It’s funny to see Irsay act as if a drafted QB will be as good as Payton Manning….really? How many first overall picks have come and gone over the years that have not reached Payton’s status? If Payton can still play this is insane! With Payton they are still a playoff team. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t draft Luck of course…But having two or three years to learn from Payton while you are seeing playoff games is a great way to start a career. It’s better than a complete rebuild which they will now do…crazy. How many twitter follower will Irsay have after 2 or 3 more years in the basement of their division?

  114. Is it just me, or does anyone else not see this as a big deal at all? In the end, Irsay is doing what’s best for the Indianapolis Colts. He’s trying to keep them relevant for the next fifteen years, and for that I applaud him. It’s easy for him to be “loyal”, but once he retires there would still a big question mark at quarterback. At least if you draft Luck now, you’re potentially getting a future Peyton Manning down the road. And it’s not Peyton won’t get job opportunities — whether it be through playing, coaching, or broadcasting. And it’s not like he’s broke. He just got paid $26 million to do nothing, has played out other wealthy contracts, and has a ton of endorsements. He’s a pretty smart guy. I’m positive he is capable of managing his money. Really, it’s not that big a deal. I know Peyton has made Irsay a lot of money, but that’s how businesses work. Irsay is doing what is best for his business in long run. That’s starting over.

  115. cdwains says: Jan 28, 2012 7:26 PM

    It seems to me that the smart money would be to give Manning the $28 million, and then work to trade him. You would think if (and that’s a big if) Manning is healthy the Colts could easily get 2 First round picks. If the Bengals can potetially get to First rounders for Palmer you would think the Colt could get a minimum of two first round picks. You give Manning $28 million, and then you sign two first round picks to 5 year 25 million dollar deals, so you paid 28 million for two extra first rounders, that comes out to 39 million for each pick, thats still way cheaper than what it would have cost you 2 years ago and your helping your team for the future.
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    Goobs,

    You are a genius. You should have submitted your resume to the Colts weeks ago for the GM job. You have it figured out.

  116. So what are the Colts suppose to do, hang on to Peyton Manning even if the odds are stacked against him from ever playing again in the NFL, trade the 1st overall pick and pass up the chance at another potential NFL QB, and most likely suck again next season?

    The NFL is a business, professional sports are businesses. Always have been, always will be. Get over it. It’s not your money that is being played. Most likely you tools don’t have much money to begin with.

    Just reaffirms my theory that most NFL fans are idiots. Time to hold NFL fans accountable for some of the things they say. Total tools.

  117. It’s so funny to listen to everyone who has this whole thing all figured out…….I’m from Indy, I am a huge Peyton fan, and I have great respect for Mr. Irsay and his ability to build such an incredible franchise. Both of these men a professionals in their respected industry, and their accomplishments as a spectacular owner and the greatest quarterback that has ever played the game will go down in history. I appreciate the job they have done, and I will respect the decision that ultimately lays in the hands of each man. This is a business……loyalty should not be used in this case to describe what either man should do to satisfy the personal emotions of each of us readers. Mr. Irsay owes nothing to Peyton, and Peyton owes nothing to Mr. Irsay. It’s a business people and if you were in charge of it, you too would have to look out for the long-term success of your enterprise.

  118. I think the Favre/Packers scenario braced everyone for this. I distinctly remember PFT reporting back in the mid 2000’s that Ted was given the full green light to “blow the team up”. At the time there was reason to question that with Favre firmly ensconsed and the team 10-6. And as we saw Ted replaced 99% of the roster and once Driver is gone that’s 100%.

    Point is, if PFT reports the decision was made weeks ago to move on from Manning, then the decision was made weeks ago to move on from Manning. Case closed!

  119. flashdeath says:
    Jan 29, 2012 12:48 PM
    Although it seems obvious that this is no way to treat your “glory years” QB it is the Irsay family so what can I say.

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    Goobs,

    What are the Colts suppose to do, pay big bucks to over the hill QBs who can’t play?

  120. If it ends up Peyton Manning is unable to play football, I would love to see him as an analyst. He’d be a natural and give great insight. As far as Irsay, I have no loyalty towards at all. He has proven to be like his father. Sad, I thought he was better than that.

  121. tazzyd215 says:
    Jan 30, 2012 11:03 PM
    If it ends up Peyton Manning is unable to play football, I would love to see him as an analyst. He’d be a natural and give great insight. As far as Irsay, I have no loyalty towards at all. He has proven to be like his father. Sad, I thought he was better than that.

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    Goobs,

    What is Irsay suppose to do, pay a washed up QB to a multi-million dollar contract? Idiot.

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