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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: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:55 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I am a Patriots fan and have so much respect and utter fear of Peyton when he is on the football field.  HE is 36 and Andrew Luck is not going to sit for 3 or 4 years.  This has Favre/Rodgers written all over it.  The greats never go away quietly because of what they are...GREAT.  They feel they can do it regardless...see Unitas(San Diego), Montana(Kansas City), Favre (Minn and NY), etc...It stinks but Peyton wants to play and Indy will never have another chance with Luck.  Peyton will be in Arizona or someplace like that and the Colts will start the Luck Era...Just the right decision both ways.  To all those saying keep em both.  Well 28 mill for one qb and #1 money for a guy to sit?  How do you sign other people?  NOw to those who say...He could learn under Peyton?  Who says Peyton wants to mentor this kid? He is 36.  He wants to go home see his wife and kids and do his thing.  He did the Mentor thing all his life.  I am sure Eli followed him around like a little brothers do.  He may not want anypart of it.  He will watch the video, take his notes, meet with his receivers and RB and line and go home.  I am sure he doesn't need to explain what he is doing to a 22 year old qb trying to take his job.  Maybe he would be ok with this but he clearly hasn't given those ideas to any one.  Clearly this is a me or him situation.  Tough one to be in.  My prediction...Peyton is Arizona bound.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:51 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

The whole situation just seems to be such a shame.  While Manning is certainly getting up there, I think there's a lot of fight left in him.  I guess if I were Irsay, I really wouldn't want to be pushing so much change and uncertainty right now.  I think Manning is clearly trying to get as healthy as he can and go back out there and play.  If he gets healthy, give him another year.  But I suppose there's even uncertainty whether he will get healthy enough and business decisions must be made.  Just would be a shame to see Manning leave the Colts on this sort of cirucmstance.  But business is business.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:48 am

Peyton Manning has intentions of playing for Rams

We'll take him.  Cool

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:48 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

No football team can afford the risk of paying a $28m roster bonus to a guy coming off a couple of major neck surgeries.  Irsay has no choice but to release Manning......keeping him would be the biggest roll of the dice ever seen in the NFL on this type of investment.  it would also harm roster flexibility on a team that needs serious upgrades.

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:47 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Problem with Peyton mentoring Luck is money. The Colts can't afford to keep Peyton plus pay Luck the money due to a #1 overall pick. Something has to give. If the Colts still think they can win it all in the next two years then keep Manning and see what you can get for the Luck pick or let Manning go now.

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:44 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

It all boils down to the pay deadline - and the doctors.  The doctors will be able to tell if Peyton's neck is healed.  They cannot, however, predict how he can take brutal hits for the length of a pro football season.  THAT is the determining factor.  He takes one hit - lands wrong - he's paralyzed.  Peyton has plenty of money, he can walk away from the game in a relatively healthy manner.  The deadline will force Irsay to cut him.  If Irsay cuts him, it will be in Peyton's best interest - again, one hit and it may be over.

Walk away Peyton - live a long and healthy life.  

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:35 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Imagine Peyton and Eli in the same Division.  Redskins vs Giants.  It would be something to behold.  I can't imagine Irsay would be stupid enough to cast Peyton aside in favor of Andrew Luck.  There are a lot more top 5 draft pick QB busts then there are successes.  Ryan Leaf, Heath Shuler, JaMarcus Russell, Akili Smith, Tim Couch, David Carr, Joey Harrington, and lots more.  I would think they'd want Luck to have at least a year of tutelage from Manning before being given the keys to the empire.  If for no other reason then to verify that the guy is going to be able to produce in the NFL.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:33 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I have several comments here....

1) Eli Manning is not better than Peyton Manning in terms of an all-time QB, even if the Giants win (and I hope they do).  The year after year numbers are overwhelmingly favoring Peyton.  Eli has taken a big step going from the baby brother who wasn't as good to at least now people debating who is better.  Of course Eli is younger, and Peyton is coming off of injury, so anyone in their right mind would choose Eli over Peyton RIGHT NOW.  Peyton won only 1 Super Bowl, but it was an impressive one, and it was during a difficult time period for AFC teams (Steelers, Patriots, Ravens, Chargers...lots of formidable teams year after year while the NFC was pretty weak).  Also, Giants have had more weapons at WR, RB, and obviously much better defenses than the Colts.  Would Peyton have won a couple Super Bowls with the Giants? I think so.

2) I will take a Peyton Manning coming back from injury over Andrew Luck any day of the week.  I'm not saying Luck is going to be like Ryan Leaf or Jamarcus Russell, but I smell a bust coming here.  Argue with me now if you want, but we'll see 5 years from now.

3) Peyton isn't THAT old and he's got 2-3 more good years left in the tank.  The Colts, or 24ish other teams, would be lucky to have him as their starter for the next few seasons.  He's never been a mobile QB, so old age won't be much of a factor for him.  
;     &nbs
I'm not a big Manning fan and not a Colts fan, but the way people are diminishing his ability and legacy is kind of ridiculous.

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:31 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Pay him 28 million then have him retire and become QB coach to Andrew Luck? No owner is going to pay 28 million take the salary cap hit and not get something in return. No QB coach is worth that and that assumes his athletic ability crosses over. When Peyton retires he is going straight to whatever network pays him the most. Why coach when you can have more time more money and still be close to the game. He is a natural for TV. When he retires. Assuming he is healthy he will be playing somewhere.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:31 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

It is simple:  If they deem he is healthy, they try to trade him.  If they can not they cut him.

If they deem he is not healthy:  they cut him.

After the GM and coach were jettisoned, it should be clear to everyone:  he will either be retired or playing for another team.

Colts cleaned house to move on and rebuild with Luck.  It is that simple.

Personally, I hope Manning goes somewhere and wins another SB because I think he is absolutely great, but reality says it won't happen

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