Eli Manning owned the stage on Sunday night, but it won’t be long before the attention turns back to his older brother.
Peyton Manning’s status with the Colts figures to be the biggest topic in the NFL once the Super Bowl recedes into the rearview mirror and we’re starting to get an idea of when we might get an answer on that front. Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports that Colts owner Jim Irsay called Peyton to offer congratulations for Eli’s big night and that the conversation then turned to their future working relationship.
“I told him I would pass that along,” Peyton said. “We talked about getting together and I think it will be this week. He just said, ‘I look forward to sitting down with you soon.’ I told him the same thing. I think it will be this week. One thing he and I are not going to do is give a set date, where it’s like a game. We’ll handle it the way it should be handled and go from there.”
Florio reported Sunday that Peyton is likely to play in 2012, but not for the Colts. The Colts have until March 8th to make up their mind about paying Peyton his $28 million bonus, but the desire for a meeting sooner rather than later would seem to indicate that Peyton would like to know what the Colts are doing well before deadline day.