It was believed that Colts owner Jim Irsay and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning would decide after the Super Bowl shuffled out of town to quit talking to the media and start talking to each other.
According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, the long-anticipated meeting between Irsay and Manning didn’t occur this week. No date for such a meeting has been set.
Chappell points out that Irsay said Friday via Twitter that there’s “no news” on Peyton. Chappell also writes that Manning wants the situation to be resolved sooner rather than later.
The latest it will be resolved is March 8. That’s the date on which the Colts owe Manning another $28 million. Despite past speculation that Peyton would delay the due date in order to give the Colts more time to determine whether Peyton’s arm strength will fully return, agent Tom Condon strongly suggested during a Super Bowl-week appearance on NBC SportsTalk that the dates in the contract were selected for a reason, and that they won’t be changed.
Still, as a sense of inevitability builds that the Colts will cut Manning, it would be foolish to discount completely the possibility that Irsay will decide that, while it may not be worth $28 million to see Peyton continue with the Colts, it’s worth $28 million to see him not play for another team.