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Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:00 am
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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: May 12, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:19 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I am not a Jets backer, but it would be great to see Payton v Eli in the big apple. Payton is a rare talent and the New York Jets needs a boost.  I could see it, I could also see the Jets winning the superbowl if they trade for Payton.



Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:09 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Let's see Brees, Brady, Flacco, Montana, and Manning...which name doesn't fit? Hmmm....Flacco may be on there level someday, but it really premature to lump him in with those guys.

In the end I see Peyton ending up somewhere else and the Colts moving on with their rebuilding. They just better hope that Luck is the guy or it's going to be a long process.




Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:45 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....



Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:32 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I think the real issue is whether Peyton will be able to play.  He is a competitor who wants to play and is just waiting to heal.  If the team feels that they cannot wait, then they will trade or release him.  Peyton is not the type to retire.  Any team would be happy to get him since he is better than almost all but 3-4 of the current quarterbacks in the league. (Please don't jump on me-I cna name them)

All Peyton can do is sit and wait his rcovery and Irsay's decision.  The single problem is that Peyton and the owner are not seemingly talking and keeping each other current---That's the issue. 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:50 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Earth420...married with twins. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:46 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

The Texans will take him. We'll even give you Matt Schaub.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:39 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

 lets see....hows the neck feel? hmmm, kinda stiff in the morning....sore in the afternoon....


ready for a blind side hit?....ohh no sir!


Andrew Luck will be in town by summer...hmmm


like Joe Flacco, he'll be ready to start right away, no problemo...he's big, he's smart....oh, and young!


so it seems the big question is arrangeing the 28 million dollars come march 1st...ahhh, direct deposit please sir....


what a dilemma...for ownership!


if i were peyton, i'd be saying the same thing...retire?...hell no!


twenty eight million dollars....wow          
;     &nbs
p;  



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:20 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

"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."  - Peyton Manning

Welcome to the real world, Peyton, you can replace the word "football" with "corporate" and, wallah! you got every one of us in the REAL world applicable to this statement. The "REAL" world are those of us paying handsomely for the football world's cast of overpaid entertainers. Cry me a river. Peyton's tenure with the Colts is on the line for three reasons: 1) $26M paid to sit in 2011, 2) $28M due as a roster bonus 6 months before  the 2012 season even begins, 3) Andrew Luck.

There are 31 other teams in the league, only 4 or 5 of which won't need Peyton's services. Good luck to Peyton with his new team. 



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:04 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

New York Jets or Arizona Cardinals



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:38 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

When the Redskins ditch the Shenanigans and gets a proper coach you can come to us and then I don't have to hate you any more. Besides the Redskins have a history of going to SB's with over-the-hill QB's, come on, you know you want to......


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