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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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Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:16 pm

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

The Colts franchised Manning making them responsible for his high salary this year. The contract was written is such a way to protect the Colts if his neck doesn't heal, which is fair.

Is he worth his salary this hear even thouth he didn't take a snap? YES! If it weren't for Manning there would be no Lucas Oil Field, no season sell outs and no Superbowl in Indy. He took a nothing franchise and made them national darlings.

I would rather pay an injured player over a non-performer like Adam Dunn.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:16 pm

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?


Really?  You think Peyton Manning is washed up?  Based off of what?  His stats are still MVP worthy when he was playing last year and he was still the head of the ship to steer the Colts to the playoffs.  Inured does not equate to being washed up.

Again, what basis do you have for saying he is washed up?

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:16 am
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Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:00 am

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

With where the look like they will be positioned in the draft, it is looking like the business side of football could force the situation into Peyton leaving Indy. The option it is looking like they will face is trading or releasing Peyton, take a guy like Luck early in the draft and begin to build the future, OR continue with all their eggs in the Manning bucket and try to trade their draft pick to get more pieces now so they can have a chance to win with Peyton. These options look like the rock and a hard place for them, especially if Peyton gets no time on the field this year. And then what about Peyton, is he seeing a team on the field that he wants to get out there with, especially if they can not keep Wayne, Garcon, Mathis and some of their other free agents to be?

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:41 am

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

Don't be surprised if he isn't healthy for next year, that he "retires" for a year and takes some position with the Colts while he continues to rehab.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:17 am

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?


Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:34 am

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

As crazy as it wrong as it seems...even Peyton Manning isn't above being cut/traded/released. Look at all the legends before him. Johnny Unitas? Joe Montana? Jerry Rice? Emmit Smith? There are too many to count in football alone. It happens in other pro sports too. But if they stayed beyond their prime or were bitten by the injury bug...they're usually cut/traded or released.

Once you're unable to produce at the level that's expected of a legend, they no longer wanna pay you and send you out to pasture. I'm no Colts fan by any I hope Peyton can pull off a miraculous recovery and be one of the few (like John Elway) to finish his career on his terms.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:01 am

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

lol I love people like Red Wing.  I assume you are not a billionaire, because if you were you wouldn't be on a message board.  Since you are not a billionaire, how do you side with a billionaire?  Because you can't fathom what it's like to be a millionaire?  I respect people who are smart enough to become extremely wealthy without hurting other people (nearly impossible to do), but I respect football players who risk their lives and well being far more.  Manning had NECK SURGERY that may not ever heal.  That is an incredibly serious injury that will effect the next 50-70 years of his life HOPEFULLY.  Most NFL players are dying in their 40s or 50s these days.  So either he can hope to die young, or live the MAJORITY of his life in pain and anguish.  For being one of the best players of all time, he deserves his millions far more than an old man who has been a billionaire most of his life and has never experienced true pain.   

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:08 am

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

Interested to see how this plays out, but him leaving or being released would be like if Reggie had left the Pacers, simply shocking.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:59 am

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

There has been no present day quarterback that has done more for the forward pass than Peyton.  This is a horrible way to go out for him and us fans.  Peyton was scheduled to be the greatest passer ever (he might still be) and this may never come to be.  I still think something will happen where his neck fuses and he will play again.  Problem is I do not see the Colts waiting with 28 million coming down the road.  For them, losing is magic and if they complete the worst season this year, they will pick Luck and bye bye Peyton.  Peyton will then go to another team and do what Peyton does (I hope).  I just do not want to see it end this way...

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