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Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:15 pm
 
Archie says Peyton 'likes his roots' in Indy. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

With three games remaining in the 2011 NFL season, it's just about time to flip into full "Where will Peyton Manning play in 2012?" mode. (Trust me: from February 8th to March 8th, you'll hear a lot about it.) His father Archie Manning said Sunday that Peyton would prefer to stay with the Colts.

Of course, as long as Eli Manning is playing -- he beat Green Bay at Lambeau on Sunday with Archie watching -- the Manning machine might as well already be started.

"Peyton kind of likes his roots in Indy,” Archie told the New York Post after watching his other son beat the Packers at Lambeau Field. "We’ll see what happens there. If that doesn’t work and he can get healthy we’ll see. That’ll all work out. He’s just trying to get healthy."

Archie was asked specifically about the rumors that the Jets could be interested in Peyton and declined to discuss that.

“I’m not going to get into that," Archie replied.

It shouldn't be surprising that Peyton wants to stay with the Colts. He's due a lot of money, it's the only team he's ever played for, he's comfortable with the organization and the idea of being discarded by the one team he's ever played for so they can draft a rookie with the first pick can't be comforting.

But Peyton has little control over whether or not he stays with the Colts. That boils down to his health, their specific plan to rebuild the roster and myriad other factors that will be fleshed out over the next month or so.

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Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

We don't need to focus on the next 2 years, we need to get Luck and prepare for the next 12. I never thought I would say it, but we need to let Peyton go and play elsewhere. He built Lucas Oil Stadium, and without him, I don't think the franchise would have stayed in Indy. But this is such a perfect storm of circumstances, we need to focus on the future and get the closest thing to a sure thing there has been in the draft since Manning. Here's a scenerio for you: I would love to see Peyton go to the Ravens. If I'm Baltimore and I don't win the Super Bowl this season, with the veteran defense I have, I push all my chips to the middle of the table and sign Manning to a 2 year deal and go get it. Imagine what Manning could do with a defense!



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

Manning 18 would look great in a Buffalo uniform! I know it won't happen but it would be awesome! The roster is solid right now and with Manning at QB the Bills would make the playoffs at least



Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

GOOOO AWAY ARCH!!! LET YOUR KIDS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES FOR ONCE!!!



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

Teres, 

If Manning plays again I doubt it'll be for the money (but hey since you are playing why not get all you can).  It'll be for other reasons.  Now why he'd want to go back to Indianapolis after this year's fiasco is beyond me.  Basically the entire season would rest on him and I don't care how good he is that would not be a good thing, for the Colts, for him physically etc.  

I know if I owned the Colts, I'd give him a gold watch and tell him thanks for the memories but its clear this team needs to be rebuilt (thats been some time coming but Peyton covered up the problems) and I can't afford what you are asking and get that done.  Go with my blessing.  Plus I wouldn't risk that the first hit he takes knocks him out for the season and not only have I tied up loads of cash, I've also lost another season in the rebuilding process.  

If I am Peyton the only conceivable reason to continue to play is love for the game and a chase for a championship (assuming he's handled his money well and I bet he has).  Would he have a better chance winning that championship in Indy or elsewhere, my money is on elsewhere.  Plus I'd guess he'd love the game a whole lot less if he's constantly staring at the rafters of Indy's dome and losing much more often then he's used to, maybe a lot more.   

So, other than nostalgia I just don't see where its a good decision for Peyton and Indy to stay joined at the hip.  If I am Peyton I cannot see further risk of my health to continue to play, but then I am (nor will I ever be) an All-World NFL QB.  Guys like that tick differently than guys like me.  

So to Peyton, can't stand ya bud (as a player), but you are a lights out QB, among the best if not the best to play the game, been great but thanks for the memories.  

Dipwad 



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'


If Peyton Manning retired tomorrow, the three networks would have a bidding war of epic proportions to try and get him in the booth.  It seems like most athletes don't know when it is time to walk away, and they are "dragged out on their shields."  I hope Peyton Manning is one of the few who is savvy enough to quit on his own terms. 


I am inclined to agree, I only hope Fox ends up with him so they can take Aikman out back and shoot him, and hopefully make Joe Buck watch.  I had to watch the 2nd half of the conference championship game on mute.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:35 pm
 

I hope he quits

He already has enough money.  He doesn't need to risk his health anymore.  It's not like he was mobile before getting hurt, either.  

As for going to New York, why on earth would any QB with his resume and money go and play for this version of the Jets?  They are trying to run their current QB out of town, and the idiots who are doing it have not faced any consequences for their unprofessional behavior.  

If Peyton Manning retired tomorrow, the three networks would have a bidding war of epic proportions to try and get him in the booth.  It seems like most athletes don't know when it is time to walk away, and they are "dragged out on their shields."  I hope Peyton Manning is one of the few who is savvy enough to quit on his own terms. 



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

I remember a much earlier discussion among posters about P. Manning. One person that Peyton has played his last NFL down, due to the severity of his injury. I hope that's not the case, but it might be....



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

rivers is a better q.b. than eli,if he played with giants they would of still won.archie is irritating,he should quit doing interviews.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

No one really cares what Archie thinks or says, anyway.
i bet san diego cared when they lost a future SB MVP QB, because of what archie thought about their team...



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Archie Manning: Peyton 'likes his roots in Indy'

Archie will always have his 2 cents. It keeps him out there and relevant - at least in his own mind. At least he hasn't said (yet) that Peyton will be playing for a specific team. No one really cares what Archie thinks or says, anyway.
Archie most likely advised Peyton to stay away from Tubby and the Jets at all costs, no matter how much the Jets want him. Archie does not want to see his son become a part of the big top circus jets who have become the laughingstock of the NFL with the Fat Man ringleader ignoring the clowns fighting each other in the ring. 


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