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Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:00 am
 
No matter what Chris Traeger might tweet, Manning plans on playing football again. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

While one Manning prepares for a Super Bowl, another is just trying to get healthy. Eli is headed to Indianapolis for a Giants-Patriots rematch (even if in name only). Peyton, meanwhile, continues to recover from neck surgery that kept him sidelined for the 2011 season, played no small part in the Colts' 2-14 record, owner Jim Irsay's subsequent housecleaning, and the team's plans to take a quarterback with its well-earned first-overall pick.

Thanks to Rob Lowe, fictional Indiana native, Manning was supposedly retiring. This literally is not true.

Manning spoke Monday with the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz about what lies ahead and it most certainly involves playing football.

“I never thought `Sodapop Curtis’ would announce my retirement,’’ Manning said, referring to Lowe’s character in the 1983 movie “The Outsiders.’’ “I always thought I would be the one to announce it. I’m a huge fan of the movie, but that caught me way off guard. I can’t explain it. I know (Lowe) is a friend of Jim’s (Irsay), and Jim sounded surprised.’’

Manning said he finally met with new general manager Ryan Grigson, who hinted that his future in Indianapolis will be determined by the owner.

"One thing he (Grigson) kind-of, sort-of told me, without really wanting to tell me, was that Irsay will be the guy I'm going to sit down and talk with. That's going to happen at some point, but we haven't had that conversation yet because we really don't need to have that conversation yet."

Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus the first week of March and whether the Colts decide to give it to him will largely be determined by his health.

"You know I don't like to say something like, 'There’s no way I can play Sunday,' then come out and play Sunday and everybody in the media is writing 'I can’t believe he’s playing,'" Manning told Kravitz. "I'm not into the drama. And I'm not into saying, 'Well, this is it, I sure have enjoyed it.' I'm not into saying goodbye. All I know is I'm still under contract to the Colts. I'm still the quarterback of the Colts That's why I'm in the building every day trying to get healthy."

Manning also lamented that the upheaval in the front office and on the coaching staff has "Everybody walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change. … I mean, it's 20 degrees, it's snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices," he said.

"I guess it's the reality of the football world, just not something I've had to deal with very often. But I'm in there every day, so I have to sit there and see it. Everybody's being evaluated and I'm no different. It's not the best environment."

Whatever happens in coming weeks, this much is certain: if the Colts are ready to move on from Manning, there will be plenty of teams interested in his services.

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Comments

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:59 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

look at the job he did for the colts last season, whoever gets Peyton is a blessed team...



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Ok  This has Drew Brees/Phillip Rivers written all over it..... Ask Chargers and Saints how that turned out for each....And i wouldnt even put Luck in Rivers status yet..so why not wait 2 years and see--Worked for the Packers.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

This is a bit confusing to me.  QB Andrew Luck will be the 1st pick overall... if you agree then you must see this logic.  Wouldn't it serve the Colts and Andrew Luck to have Luck wait to play.  Learning from one of the best EVER is a good thing (see Aaron Rogers in GB).  Throwing a young QB to the wolves his first year will be bad. 

This is really almost a non-story.

The gutsy thing to do would be to deal down and take an RB or Blackmon at WR. 



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Colts to Jets: From one mess to another!



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

If I were Peyton. I'd want out of this mess. It looks like the Jets would be an excellect fit for him.




Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

If he continues playing, it could be a real "pain in the neck" either way -- depending on whether he gets reinjured or inflicts pain on opponents in his customary manner. I'm not so sure continuing to play would be the wisest decision, but it's Peyton's call.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I just can't see paying a guy 28 million with the chance he could never play again. That's a tough one.



Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

peyton has a couple of years left in him..Irsay u making a big mistake man big mistake..Now im not a colts fan but u got to give peyton his props.lets hope he goes some where else and put 50 plus pts.on his old team the colts..Lets play some football peyton



Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

big mistake counting peyton out....Luck is gonna need a lot of Luck...



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Listen, Irsay is back to square one, BN (before Manning)...The family stole the colt colors and logo from Baltimore in the middle of the might for crying out load. They suffered some miserable years and poor official leadership at the very top before they finally got a #1, just as Manning was coming out of Tennessee. Irasy led teams were terrible because of him. Now they have a number 1 again. Will he be lucky twice?


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