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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: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:06 pm

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I don't see how the Colts can pay a 28 million bonus to an injured qb AND draft an NFL ready qb (Luck) who will also demand big bucks. There is no way manning see's that money in the modern NFL.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:49 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I remember when the 49ers had to make that decision to let Montana go and move forward. Times moves on and doesn't stand still for anyone.

Since: May 1, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:26 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton Manning has been a class act almost his entire career.  He is the face of the Colts' organization.
Irsay will definitely keep Manning if he knows he will play.

Unfortunately, there are too many questions regarding his injury.  He has a nerve injury, and it's not triggering his tricep muscle.
This isn't like torn cartilage or a broken bone, that surgery and/or time will heal.  Nobody knows if/and when this nerve will start to function properly again.
Irsay is holding off to see what happens, and he has to do what's best for the organization.

Personally, I think Peyton should retire.  Even if the nerve does start to fire, what's the risk he gets injured again if he does decide to play?

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:11 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Im going to make this simple. No matter how great Payton was or maybe still is he still had major neck surgery,he isnt getting any younger, and not only can they draft Luck but also can dump Paytons 28million dollar roster bonus. Thats a gamble no team should make on a business stand point. Use that money on free agency because we all know they need a RB and another WR cause Reggie Wayne isnt coming back..

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:07 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

My 2 cents........from a die hard Colts fan in Indiana.......I hate to say it but there comes a time as a football club when you have to look at value....cost versus talent......and although Peyton is one of the classiest sports personalities of all time he is no different than all of us in the fact that with age our talents's part of life. I truely hope he stays in Indy...I feel as one of the best field generals of our time he still has a lot of years left to play and will be an asset to anyone....but I understand Football as a business and the tough desicions like this that have to be made all the time. I know the Colts are a very smart francise and will do the right thing and if that means trading him than I'm sure it won't be to a team we face a lot of. Goodluck Payton with whatever happens and the same to Jim Irsay for the desicion you have to make....I'm glad I'm not in your shoes.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:57 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton Manning is such a stand up guy! Can't say enough good things about the character of this player/man!  Whatever happens I hope it works out in his best interest.

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:40 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

For real, is it possible for Irsay to "let go" of Peyton, then rehire him at a reduced number to mentor Luck and play if he can?

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:38 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Football is a business and the Colts are in the driver's seat.  Peyton is a great QB and certainly capable of winning another Super Bowl in Indianapolis.  Problem is he didn't play this year and the team has the ability to draft the consensus #1 pick in Andrew Luck who has been compared to Peyton.  If Peyton wants to win a Super Bowl it will mean taking a pay cut along with a deferrment on the $28 million dollar bonus, if not then the Colts cannot lose by rebuilding around Luck.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:36 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

You never know what you're gonna get with players.... Luck could be another Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco, Montana, Brady, & Brees....or he could be another Ryan Leaf, Heath Shuler, JaMarcus Russell, or Tim Couch..... It's kinda like those Dum Dum suckers with the ? mark. You never what you're gonna get until you unwrap it and taste it....
No matter what, Andrew Luck will not be a Ryan Leaf or JaMarcus Russell.  He's a Stanford man who is completing a degree in Architechtural Engineering.  Without football, Leaf and Russell would be working at gas stations and Luck would be working for an architechtural firm.  There are virtually no sure bets in the NFL, but Luck has as good a shot as any QB and he will probably be a winner in life even if things were not to pan out in the NFL.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:23 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring


Yoour statement is what. Everyone of the QB's you have mentioned are outstanding QB's. Eli and Ben hav championships and winning is a regular part of the DNA with them. Winning because of them is also a major part of their success. Superbowl victories because of them. If you are only looking at the long ball and number of passes vs completions you are dead wrong in discounting them as QB's. Stafford has definately shown his ability and so has Rivers. Stafford will have a championship in his career and Rivers needs a little more help.

There is no doubt an 80% Peyton is in the top 3 easy currently and he is definately in the top 5 all time. His ability to be the general is unlike anyone else playing QB. Eith the exception of a few like maybe Bradshaw and Elway back in the day. Peyton is truly the best at QB ever. Passing, Accuracy, being a master of the game is what he does. If he wants more rings though he needs to buy them because his team can't afford to pay the supporting talent with what his skill demands.

I'm not even a Colts fan but as a football fan you must give the credit where it is due.

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