Peyton Manning: I’m confident I’ll play, haven’t thought about where

AP

Moments after Colts owner Jim Irsay announced he was releasing Peyton Manning, the longtime star quarterback said he’s sure he’ll be playing in the NFL in 2012 — he just doesn’t know where.

“I will leave the Colts with nothing but good thoughts and gratitude,” Manning said. “I haven’t thought yet about where I’ll play but I have thought a lot about where I’ve been. And I’ve truly been blessed. I’ve been blessed to play here.”

Asked how confident he is, after a neck injury that required multiple surgeries, Manning said he will not retire, and that his ability to throw has largely recovered.

“I am confident,” Manning said. “I’m throwing it pretty well. I’ve still got some work to do, I’ve got some progress to make, but I’ve come a long way. I’ve really worked hard. I can’t tell you the hours and the time I’ve put into working hard. I really enjoy being back out there. I’ve had a chance to throw with some of my old teammates, guys like Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Austin [Collie], [Brandon] Stokley, [Jeff] Saturday’s snapped for me a couple times. So that’s been the most fun part, being back there on the field. . . . I’m feeling closer and closer.”

And in six months, Manning believes he’ll be back there on the field in a regular-season NFL game. But today, Manning wanted to keep the focus on his old team, not his next team. And at times he had to fight back tears as he talked about how much he appreciated the fans in Indianapolis.

“I sure have loved playing football for the Indianapolis Colts,” Manning said.

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86 responses to “Peyton Manning: I’m confident I’ll play, haven’t thought about where

  1. Peyton Manning was all class today in his press conference. Lebron that’s how it’s done!

  2. Improbable, but I would like to see him in Houston, just so he can torch the Colts twice a year.

  3. Peyton is a special individual.

    As great as he is on the field, I’m confident he can do just about anything he so desires well.

  4. Peyton, if you come play for the Seahawks, I will become a season-ticket-holder immediately.

    There is no one I’d rather watch play football than Peyton Manning.

    I’ve been up here in the Pacific Northwest with my 18 jersey and mint condition rookie card for years…

    We have a top 10 defense and a young, improving O-Line. The defense will only get better having a real offense; and Marshawn Lynch will only be more motivated to destroy defenders with you intimidating defenses.

    Paul Allen, dear God, sign Peyton Manning.

  5. The End of an Era. Sad but it’s the nature of the business. This part of the game comes with the territory

  6. When I frist (shout out to soulman45) became an NFL fan, I despised Peyton. However, after seeing him work his magic time after time, and seeing his personality, I’ve definitely come full circle. The NFL is definitely better when 18 is on the field.

  7. While I watched the press conference, I can honestly say I got lost in thinking about Manning not being with the Colts. At certain points it was borderline sad, Payton even choked up for a second. I guess I can understand Irsay’s thinking, he paid him 28 million last year for nothing, but as a football fan, its was just one year. Good luck Manning

  8. today’s press conference made me more emotional than i expected. its the end of an era and I got a little teary eyed at some points.

    and I’m not even a colts fan…

  9. zeusiv0ii says:
    Mar 7, 2012 12:32 PM
    Improbable, but I would like to see him in Houston, just so he can torch the Colts twice a year.

    __________________________

    I want to see him torch the Colts twice a year too. But, I want to see him go back to Tennessee.

  10. Either him or Irsay or both were lying to us during that press conference, and frankly, i think it was Peyton. I think he forced his way out of Indy. He designed the contract that made this happen and then didn’t compromise to make it workable. Then he was making it publicly known he didn’t want Luck joining his team.

  11. I’m curious how Colts fans feel today. I remember how much I was on Bretts side when he left the Packers. Splits fans in a city. It’s tough.

  12. Hey Peyton, since you enjoyed playing for very good fans there in Indianapolis, how about going to the best fan base in Denver?
    Denver fans would love for you to change the Horseshoe for a Bronco.
    Denver has the best young offensive line, receivers with the abilities of Colts, #1 2011 rushing offense, young and capable defense, and a college type offense that needs to change to a normal NFL offense. Plus the AFC West is ripe for continuing championships.
    Come visit, we may not let you go!

  13. he’ll want an elite WR and an elite O line if your team doesn’t have that then you’re out of the mix.

  14. Now im gonna go to my south beach condo with my wife and new twins and think about where to play hmmmm, too bad they dont have a team down here

  15. The business side of football sucks. Peyton in another uniform is worse than Favre in a Jets Uniform. Maybe even worse than Farve in a Vikings uniform. We’ll see, but its just going to look wrong. I guarantee it.

  16. GO get him Redskins! This is one guy Danny should pay anything too to get, sign Reggie wayne and Vincent Jackson and draft some oline and we will be ready! Peyton at 20 percent is better then grossman and beck at QB

  17. What a great guy, with a lot of class. Great role model for kids. I wish him the best where ever he goes. I watched him a lot when he played for my Tennessee Vols.

  18. I feel sorry for his agent right now. That guy wont have any time for himself until a contract is signed. After the contract, the guy can retire wealthy.

  19. How do people still spell his first name wrong? Lookin at you, Raiderskin. Oh. Oakland.

    Nevermind.

  20. Why would you want to ruin the legacy and career of such a class act by making him play in a classless organization such as the Jets? He wants to WIN – not become a sitcom or a joke – if he wanted to win, he’d go to the other New York team…Keep on drooling Jets…HAHA

  21. Reggie Wayne & Manning to the Vikings with a healthy Adrian it would be an awsome offense!

    Just tweek the Defense with a few free agents (KC cornerback) and draft the left gaurd from USC or top Runningback from Alabama( if AD is not healthy). with their first round pick.

    Then go defense with picks 2 to 4 all cornerbacks & DE /DT

    rebuilt in a year…

  22. This is great! Yesterday, All I heard was how the ‘skins were gonna trade the farm to move up and get RGIII I don’t think anyone over there has a freakin clue what they want. What A joke!

  23. The fix for the Vikings and a tribute to their new stadium.

    Reggie Wayne & Manning to the Vikings with a healthy Adrian it would be an awsome offense!

    Just tweek the Defense with a few free agents (KC cornerback) and draft the left gaurd from USC or top Runningback from Alabama( if AD is not healthy). with their first round pick.

    Then go defense with picks 2 to 4 all cornerbacks & DE /DT but Manning MUST be healthy…

  24. see ya later and good riddance ya bum!

    totally just kidding…. best wishes to Peyton.

    in all seriousness, i really feel bad for Andrew Luck… talk about a really bad situation to step into, horrible spot to be in …. to replace a legend. impossible to fill his shoes.

    of course Aaron Rodgers has done well, but Brett isn’t half the man Peyton is.

  25. As a Patriots fan, this press conference was brutal to watch. We all watched Peyton play all these years…all of these wars against the Patriots which were must watch football for the whole country…and I wonder: How the hell do you release Peyton Manning?

    He single handedly, which was proven this season, elevated that team. He did so much for that franchise, I have to think they could have re-structured the deal and kept him for another season or two.

    I know he will stay in the AFC and I know the wars with Brady will continue. I just hate to see an All-Time player not leave his team on his own terms. I personally will always hate the Colts, but I will respect Peyton Manning. What a player and some other team will be very lucky to have him.

  26. As you can see from my name tag, I am not a Titans fan, but, what makes sense for me is Manning in Tennessee.

    His college was Tennessee. The fan base in Tennessee would absolutely love it, and they could have (arguably) the best QB to play the game teach their young Quarterback… Perfect fit.

  27. finsrule, the reason you got teary eyed was probably because it makes us all feel old. Especially those of us in our mid-30’s who were in college when he was.

  28. I have been Peyton fan since he played at Tenneessee. My grandmother’s house was in the shadow of Neyland Stadium so Vols are in the blood. While I would love for Peyton to play for my Hawks, will he come here even if the $$ is good? Does he want to play behind a young line that has injuries? What is my team willing to give up for him? Love the player, but not sure I want to pay crazy $$ and lose other players because we cannot sign contracts in the future. Marshawn would love a QB that can stretch the field for him. But here’s hoping a quality deal can happen.

  29. What about Denver? Their QB is horrendous. Elway should be begging Peyton to run his offense. Seriously.

    Good luck, Peyton Manning. Colts can now go back to sucking.

  30. I hate the Jets, but it would be cool to see the Manning brothers representing both NY teams.

    The Redskins and Dolphins seem to have much more of a need for a QB though. Sanchez could be better but he’s not that bad.

  31. No way he’s going to Seattle because it’s Seattle. If I’m Peyton the 3 teams I’m going to in order are Arizona, Miami, Kansas City. Sorry Seahawks and Jets fans. No way he goes to either team. And I highly doubt Washington because he’s not going to want to compete for a division with Eli or play him twice a year.

  32. “I’m confident I’ll play, I haven’t thought about where”….He did conduct himself like the true professional he is. But that’s a lie and we all know it.

  33. Pure class. That is why I just cant see Peyton in a New York Jets uniform. He is the opposite of what they represent. Wherever he ends up, I wish him the best. He has been a great person both on and off the field and has represented the NFL better than anybody else could.

  34. Can’t wait till the 2012 game tickets become available for purchase.

    Going to the Indy vs. Jets game!

    That should be a lot of fun!

    Watching Manning thro touchdows and Luck getting sacked!!

  35. As a lifelong Colts fan this day is truly sad after watching Peyton play growing up. Both sides will go on but to Peyton, thanks for 14 incredible years and for making the Colts relevant again.

  36. we’ll see the same press conference in another 15year with andrew luck instead of manning. Good luck where ever you end up at peyton, your a hell of a qb.

  37. Minnesota is not one of the places he’ll be heading. But, that team would sure turn around very quickly if he did. Ponder could sit for 3 years and just learn, ala Rodgers in GB.

  38. 1000% class act.

    That speech said a lot about Manning as a man and a player.

    Whoever gets this guy on their team is getting one of the all time greats.

    Wow … this cleanses the palate pretty nicely after all that Brett Favre BS over the past few years, huh guys? Nice to see a pro athlete act like a stand-up, quality guy every now and again.

  39. Hard to believe. He gave a great heartfelt speech, and Colts fans should be proud of what the team accomplished over the years. Regardless of the coming years, when he goes into the HOF it will be with Colts flags flying.

    Sincerely,
    a pats fan

  40. Of course he will “play”… dude has had an open marriage forever. Seen out with Indy weathergirl for years now. Go ahead and “thumbs down” all you want, all of our heroes are jaded people. Bonds, Clemens, Woods… the list goes on and on.

    And nice move taking $26m when you knew you couldn’t go. Shame on you, but then again selfish people do selfish things. Money, sex… it doesn’t matter.

    .

  41. I disagree completely with anyone who says he was paid $28 million for “nothing.” At a minimum, it was a bonus. That stadium does not get built if not for Peyton Manning. That team does not sell out every game over the past 12 years if not for Peyton Manning, advertising and promotional dollars the Colts generated because of him, merchandise sales, exposure for that team, literally taking a moribund franchise and making it a top-level team every year.

    $28 million is a drop in the bucket to Irsay for what Manning has done for that team.

  42. Peyton will factor a lot of things in before he chooses a team. One of them will be the O Line. He’ll want a lot of protection and he’s had that in Indy.
    I have no doubt he’s still got a lot to give a team.
    It’s going to be an interesting week, that’s for sure.

  43. MANNING TO CARDINALS. Why? Because of all the teams in the Manning sweepstakes, Arizona:

    1. Is the closest to the Superbowl
    2. Has the best coach
    3. Has the best WR
    4. Has the classiest WR.

    Marshall = knucklehead.
    Holmes = knucklehead.
    S. Moss = no longer #1 caliber.

    I personally will enjoy watching the Rams compete against Manning for two to four years and don’t subscribe to the “Oh no, he’s in our division now!” weakling mentality.

    Manning to Arizona….book it, Dano.

  44. KC is the best football fit for Peyton, but the Chiefs front office isn’t nearly aggressive enough to go out and get him.

  45. Manning isnt going any place cold. Seriously, if you can make the same money playing in Miami versus Kansas City or Seattle, do you honestly believe it would be a difficult choice?

    Manning will be in Arizona or Miami with an outside chance of Jacksonville.

    Jacksonville is roughly 35 million under the cap with a new owner who wants to make an impression on the league. They have a top 10 defense with one of the best RBs in the league. Plus they play Indy twice a year.

    Sit Gabbert for three years and bring in some WRs.

  46. I don’t believe for a second that Peyton would endure the circus of NY/Rex Ryan or the craziness of Dan Snyder or Stephen Ross. Seattle has way too many needs, and the Cards just spent big on Kolb last year. I think he decides on KC. The Chiefs can win with him NOW!

  47. jimmyshultz says:
    Mar 7, 2012 12:39 PM
    umm andumm…umm annnndum…

    __________________________________

    Ya. That apparently makes the Manning brothers really dumb.

    Where’s your QB at in his career compared to the Manning brothers?

    YOU’RE A MORON.

  48. Peyton Manning: I’m confident I’ll play, haven’t thought about where
    _________________
    TRANSLATION:

    I’m done. But I’ll take as much money as I can from anybody.

  49. Manning doesn’t have enough playing time left to go to any of these “still rebuilding” teams. And I don’t know when Miami became a contender? Didn’t they lose the first seven games last year and then got lucky enough to get six wins against garbage teams or teams that were destroyed by injuries? Their first win was week 9 against a depleted KC team. Followed by wins over Washington, Buffalo (twice), Oakland and the Jets.

  50. Peyton Manning should now join the Colt. Colt McCoy in CLEVELAND!!! Peyton comes to Cleveland and takes a perennial bottom dwelling team right to the superbowl. Come on Peyton…you know you want a challenge! Nothing’s more of a challenge than taking the Browns to the playoffs!

  51. whatnojets says:
    Mar 7, 2012 1:14 PM
    Can’t wait till the 2012 game tickets become available for purchase.

    Going to the Indy vs. Jets game!

    That should be a lot of fun!

    Watching Manning thro touchdows and Luck getting sacked!!

    _______________________________
    You make it sound as though your Jets have some daunting pass rush. They were one of the worst teams at getting to the QB. Luck would have no problem running away from your D. Also, look at how many sacks your O Line gave up. I think that Luck would just do like Tebow did and run right over your defense and into the endzone. Luck 1, Jets O.

  52. xpensivewinos says:Mar 7, 2012 1:23 PM

    I disagree completely with anyone who says he was paid $28 million for “nothing.” At a minimum, it was a bonus. That stadium does not get built if not for Peyton Manning. That team does not sell out every game over the past 12 years if not for Peyton Manning, advertising and promotional dollars the Colts generated because of him, merchandise sales, exposure for that team, literally taking a moribund franchise and making it a top-level team every year.

    $28 million is a drop in the bucket to Irsay for what Manning has done for that team.
    _____________________

    Are you pushing for sainthood for Manning? He’s not the altruist you make him out to be. He’s worth well over $100 million and could have stayed in Indianapolis if he wanted to. But he wouldn’t renegotiate his contract. That shows what he REALLY thinks of the fans.

  53. As a Football fan,I say Manning you are a class act and the best Qb this game as ever seen and no matter what team you choose you are forever an all time great football player and a great man..as a Dolphins fan I say..you will be welcomed to Miami,with complete confidence and dedication from your fans! Fins up Dolphins nation!

  54. Watch out for Elway. Signing Manning would eliminate the Tebowmania problem in Denver. How could fans be mad about Manning coming in to take over the team? Tebow, if kept, would have a few years to learn from another legend.

  55. Blame the team for sucking so bad. They win one more game, he’s still a Colt. His teammates let him down. No wonder Manning was so jacked when they were winning late in the season.

  56. Peyton, maybe you haven’t thought about where to play but I have. Here let me help you.
    NOT Washington!!!! Why do all of the so called experts have you going there? Tough division, crappy winter weather, your brothers division,and they don’t have much more talent on offense than the Colts do.
    NOT the Jets!!! Crappy winter weather division teams and an even crappier locker room.
    Here’s my top four
    1)Houston
    2)Arizona
    3)Kansas City
    4)Miami
    Your welcome.
    Just send me a new Nike jersey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. As a Texans fan and gettin out a$$ kicked for 9 of the 10 years in our existance, it’s nice to see Manning out of the AFC North.

    I think the 49ers’ would be the best landing spot for him.

    Good O-line
    Great Defense
    Very good TE
    Very good RB
    Offensive Minded Coach
    Terrible Division

    Either way, it’s going to be good to watch Peyton under center. He makes the NFL better. (That’s saying alot coming from a Texans fan)

  58. Hey NOHOPELEFT

    I am refering to an owners lack of how to speak in public. I have enjoyed watching the Mannings play all the way back the SEC days.

    Listening to an owners ooooooo’s and ummmmmm’s for almost 2 minutes was about as hard to watch as Reggie Waynes frustration this season with Colts QBs.

    Hope this clears up any misunderstanding on your part IDIOT!!!!

  59. The team that makes the most sense is the 49ers. Along with the Packers, they would have to be the favorites to win the NFC.

    All this talk of taking the $26m knowing he wasn’t going to play is ridiculous. First off, the Colts could never pay him what he was “worth”. I lived in Indy until 1999 (great timing on my part to leave), and have been a Colts fan since 1975. With the exception of some bandwagon fans in the mid-90’s when Harbaugh took them to the AFC championship game, there were very few “real” Colt fans. Most were still fans of the Bears, Steelers, Cowboys, etc. I had season tickets and often times had trouble finding someone that wanted to go see them play. Now they have a long waiting list. You never saw many Colt jerseys. Look how many you saw during SB week. He “earned” the Colts much more than they could ever pay him. They payed him about $170m over during his years as a Colt. Guarantee their return on investment was more than 10x that.

  60. To all you Patriot fans saying kind words about Peyton, that’s what sports should be about. It’s ok to hate rival teams, but when deserved you should show respect to the player.

  61. As a football fan I really hope to see Peyton on the field again with a team that’s a good fit for him.

    As a Patriots fan, the thrill of the Colts/Pats rivalry lost its luster a bit today. He’s been electric to watch on the field against the Pats over the past 10 years. Good luck #18!

  62. All the posters putting him the same class with Albert Schweitzer and George Washington need to remember that he is leaving the Colts about money and if some other NFL team feels he is worth that so be it. But this ain’t about class or team loyalty or Colt traditions or anything but dough.

  63. kurb21 says:
    Mar 7, 2012 1:06 PM
    finsrule, the reason you got teary eyed was probably because it makes us all feel old. Especially those of us in our mid-30′s who were in college when he was.

    Reminds when Joe Montana was finishing up his career (as a Kansas City Chief, by the way) and me thinking he needed to retire because he was “old”. Then I realized he graduated from Notre Dame the year before I graduated from college. I quickly amended that to football old.

    And hey, Johnny U as a Charger, Joe Willie a Ram, Montana a Chief and Favre as, well, anyone .. spit happens.

  64. To me there is nothing in sports so sad as watching someone who was ONCE great but who refuses to acknowledge that his best days are fading ever further in the rear-view mirror.

    This summer Manning will be 36 1/2 years old, and it will be 18 months since he threw a pass in anger. He has had neck surgery, his older brother couldn’t play football because of neck problems, he will be learning a new offense with other players he doesn’t know and who don’t know him.

    IMO he is one big hit away from a wheelchair. He doesn’t owe football anything, he doesn’t owe us fans anything, but he DOES owe his family everything.

    Peyton – please just walk away while you still can.

  65. Crocodile tears. If he wanted to stay with the Colts he could have extended the deadline and/or renegotiated his contract.

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