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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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Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:51 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

P. Manning would look great in a 49er Uniform....This has nothing to do with the loss Sunday..Just not a Alex Smith fan..never have been.. Big name QB's have a history of moving to other teams in their latter days of playing so Why Not ? come to a team primed to win it all.. Still will need to give him 2 Playmakers on WR...

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:51 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

If he leaves, we know he's not going to:
NFC:  Green Bay, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Dallas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Carolina, Detroit
AFC:  Indianapolis (obviously), New England, Houston, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Diego, Denver

So that leaves:
NFC West:  San Francisco (a good fit, Alex Smith isn't the answer), Seattle (Tavaris Jackson isn't the answer either) 
Less likely:  Arizona (good bit tied up in Kolb already), St. Louis (giving up on Bradford this early isn't likely)
NFC South:  Tampa Bay (New coach coming, Freeman is wishy-washy at best)
NFC North:  Chicago (big market, new offensive coordinator, Cutler is too busy knocking up his girlfriend and getting hurt to be the answer)
Less likely:  Minnesota (seems to like Ponder, team has no real direction)
NFC East:  Washington (good possibility; Snyder likes to overpay)
AFC East:  Everybody here needs a QB except New England.  Any team would want him just to give them a shot against the Pats, but would the Jets be willing to change so much to accomodate him?
AFC North:  Cleveland (this would be a sad end to a great career)
Less likely:  Baltimore (can't blame Flacco for not being in the Super Bowl)
AFC South:  Jacksonville (this team needs a rudder and a ticket-selling face BAD)
Less likely:  Tennessee (college home, but looks to be moving on to Locker and has a bunch of money tied up with Chris Johnson)
AFC West:  Oakland (see Cleveland), Kansas City (see Jacksonville, except the fans buy tickets)

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:35 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

it wasnt sodapop curtis who outted manning.  it was actually dean youngblood...

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:17 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

What he is really saying, "Archie hasn't told me what to do next or where"

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:07 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

You'll look great in GANG GREEN!!! C'mon down

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:56 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Looks to me this Grigson douche will have the Colts in the crapper for years to come. Good luck, Luck.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:41 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Last comment was in refernce to previous comment about SF needs to be Super Bowl ready.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:40 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

this situation is kind of like the humdred year storm. nobody in their wildest imagination thought this would happen. if manning can play. it he goes out there, he will be playing at  high level. just put some three hundred pounders that have playewd majoe college ball on the offensive line. there are lots of receivers cout there. get a 250 pound runiing back, get  little bast scatback. right there you make the playoffs. now on the other side luck will struggle. with luck they could win 2 games they could win 5 games. not much more than that. 

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:39 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Or they could just teach their kick return guy how to hold onto the ball.

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:32 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

cut that meat cut that meat cut that meat

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