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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: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:28 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton Manning needs to stop playing football, and start COACHING.  The guy is an Offensive genius.  With his passion for the sport, he belongs on the field and calling the plays...from the sideline.  The Colts can't afford him and he can't risk an injury that will keep him out of the game.  He's a coach in the making and why not now?

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:26 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton Manning needs to play for San Francisco next year. If they pick up Manning and a good WR, they are Super Bowl bound easily.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:19 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I can't believe Manning hasn't retired already.  Given the type of injury he had, and the violent nature of the game, he will be taking a humongous risk returning to the field.  It only takes one hard tackle, snapping his neck backwards hard and he could be a parapplegic for the rest of his life.  Sitting on the ton of money he has earned as a QB, not to mention all of the endorsement money, why risk spending your remaining days in a wheel chair?  He could always go into coaching with his knowledge of the game and running an offense.  I just don't see the risk being worth the reward, in his case.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:18 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton Manning as mentor to Andrew Luck? What a joke, All three mannings are primmadonnas who only think of themselves. Both  on the same team would count at least 32 million toward the salery cap for 1 position. Don't they need any other players on the team or can the qb throw ti ball to himself and play safety on defense?

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:11 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

If Peyton is healthy, I think the Colts really have to pay him the $28M bonus. They would be buying 2 things. 1) Draft picks. They should be able to trade a healthy Manning for multiple 1st and 2nd round picks. Look at what Cincinnati got for Palmer. 2) The right to choose where Peyton plays. If they cut Peyton, he could sign anywhere. Let's say he went to another team in their division, like Houston. Indy would have no chance to win their division for the next 3-4 years. They would also look like idiots twice per year when Peyton's Texans blew them out. Trade him to an NFC team like Seattle or Minnesota and Indy wouldn't have that problem.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:09 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

If you notice he is not talking about his injury, nor is Irsay.... in a related article...Peyton says he does not thnk he will be a colt next season. He is waiting to have that conversation but not roght now...
After the whoopla of the Superbowl...remember its in Indy they will have that conversation.

Any time before that could be detrimental to the superbowl andtake away from the week of events.  THe NFL wants people talking super bowl not peyton manning and the colts.....
I see him with another team, still not playing fully thru preseason...and not a full game until mid season....

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:09 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

He will be a Baltimore Raven......  Wear number 19 and hightop black shoes, in memeory of Johnny Unitas.

Only man left that will lead us to a Superbowl and with the Raven Schedule next year, we will need him.

2012 Ravens schedule

2x Cinn
2x Pissburgh
2x Cleve
New England
San Diego
Kansas City

OH BOY, we need you Peyton, you want a Superbowl Ring - Only place to be BMORE

Sign him Ozzie!!!!!


Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:04 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

You have made a VERY valid point and analogy!  I'm sorta with you BUT I don't want to see Peyton pull a "Favre" and hang around and look stupid in the end.  I also don't want to see the "hit" that could end up putting this NFL icon in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  I think the wise thing to do would be to retire and not risk the chance of any kind of real life after football.  I think Peyton would be a GREAT coach somewhere ... you still make headlines that way (as he seems to LOVE media attn).  BTW ... Peyton has  a wife and kids??? Kinda news to me .... they are NEVER shown or mentioned ANYWHERE in articles about him.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:00 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

he will be a redskin next season

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:59 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton's injury + huge roster bonus money = Goodbye and thanks Peyton.  It's just business.

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