One longtime friend and teammate is certain that we haven’t seen the last of Peyton Manning.
Colts center Jeff Saturday is working as a Scouting Combine analyst on NFL Network today, and he took a little time out of analyzing offensive linemen to analyze Manning — whom Saturday says is going to be ready to go in plenty of time to play in the 2012 season.
“I talk to him regularly,” Saturday said. “I love 18. He’s my guy so I communicate with him regularly. He’s doing his deal and he’s getting ready and he’ll be playing football. I can assure you of that.”
So all of Manning’s friends, in the NFL and in the media, seem to agree on the public message: Manning will be good to go. But where will he go? On that score, Saturday said he dosen’t know anything more than anyone else.
“I hope it’s here,” Saturday said. “But he’ll be playing somewhere. Absolutely.”
Realistically, there’s almost no chance that Saturday will get his wish of snapping to Manning in Indianapolis again. But Saturday is saying exactly what everyone close to Manning is saying: Manning expects to play.