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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:21 am

Would the Colts considering giving up on Manning?

And then people wonder why NFL contracts aren't 100 percent guaranteed.  The Colts by the end of this season are out 26 million dollars and Manning won't even play one down to earn that money.  Don't tell me his success prior to the injury obligates Indi because that's crap, Peyton Manning got heavily compensated in his last contract for the success he had.  Thank God for the Colts they'll have the option to save some money and have enough room under the cap to field a better team down the road.  I just hope for their sake the doctors don't fool the Colts into thinking Manning might be ok where they burn on 35 million next year for a qb that's injured and washed up.  Yeah, he was an AWESOME qb for many years, but if not for contracts not being guaranteed in the NFL the Colts would be in big trouble down the road. 

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