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Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:47 pm
 
ManningPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Manning visited his buddies in the press on Thursday, and he revealed that his rehab progress on his neck has slowed and that it still hasn’t fused. He didn’t say this, but you have to wonder if his career (and not just his season) is in doubt because of his neck problems.

Which leads us to an interesting point made by Manning when talking about his new contract (you’ll recall he signed a five-year $90 million extension in the offseason). Considering Manning is due a $28 million bonus in February, the Colts might have to make an awfully interesting decision about whether they should keep Manning around.

"It's a one-year deal with a four-year extension, if you will," Manning said, via the Indianapolis Star. "I wasn't healthy when I signed the contract and if I'm not healthy in February, I think it's fair for the Colts to be able to make their decision there.”

Manning said there wasn’t a timeline for his rehab and recovery, but he’ll have another “checkpoint” in December to see how his neck is healing. Manning said he’d like to practice this year -- he also said he’d like to play in a game, but there’s almost no chance of that happening -- and part of the reason for that is so the Colts can evaluate him.

"(The Colts have) a right to know where you are physically and what your health is,” Manning said. “Everybody has decisions to be made.”

Can you imagine the Colts releasing Manning if his progress isn’t going as rapidly as everybody would like? Well, think about this. What if the Colts have the first pick of next year’s draft where they could take Andrew Luck. You could say, “Well, that’d be perfect for Luck. Assuming Manning is healthy, Luck can sit at his feet for a couple years and learn how to be an NFL quarterback.” But what if the Colts don’t want to be on the hook for paying tens of millions of dollars to TWO quarterbacks?

Would they be willing to cut Manning loose in favor of Luck? It certainly is not out of the realm of possibility. Which is why Manning’s next checkpoint in early December will be so crucial -- for his own future and for that of his team.

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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 7:25 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

I would not give up on him at all. BUT i would not want to be locked into that contract with him. Maybe they do finish with the worst record and they draft Luck. could you imagine having Luck sit behind Manning for 2 years? learn from the best and could be the best.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:05 am
 

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

The Colts won't give up on Manning, ohhh unless of course they enjoy not filling the seats and loosing every game they play.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:53 am
 

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

What amazes me is the fact the whole time Manning has quarterbacked the colts they never developed another quarteback.  That is just unexcusable. 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:28 am
 

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

From Peyton's own comments, it sounds as if he were the Colts, he would cut himself in Feb considering no forward progress on his neck.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:37 am
 

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

This writer is an idiot. There is no way in hell the Colts will release Manning.
You're as much, if not more of an idiot for not believing it's possible.
Did you see the figure he's due to get in February??
$28 MILLION.
If his neck is not healed, the Colts are on the hook for $28 million just to have a guy walk the sidelines???
Yeah, I could see them cutting him if there isn't real progress with his rehab by January.
It's a business you moron.



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

Honestly If I where Bill Polian I would try to talk Manning into retiring as a player then hire him as the offensive coordinator. That way he can still mentor Luck and won't kill them on the salary cap.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

I don't see a whole lot of value in this article...just what is the writer trying to tell us? All of this is old news and he doesn't give us anything new about Peyton Manning and his injury or timetable for return. It's just the same old story rehashed and put back into a different format. Who knows what will happen and if Andrew Luck will even be available when the time comes...or where the Colts will draft. Give us a little credit and write about something worthwhile.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

Calling this writer an idiot is way too kind.  We are all dumber having read this article.  This person should NEVER be allowed to write another word.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

This writer is an idiot. There is no way in hell the Colts will release Manning. Only to have him sign somewhere else. He is not done yet. No way. Unless Manning himself decides he is done. He certainly doesnt need the money.


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