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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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Comments

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:37 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

"Top 3 QBs in the NFL today (excluding Peyton): Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees. This is widely accepted as the elite group of QBs.

NONE of those guys were drafted in the top 10.
Aaron Rodgers was the 24th overall pick.
Drew Brees was 1st pick in the 2nd round.
Tom Brady was a 6th rounder. "

POint taken.... though Stafford, Eli, Rivers, and Big Ben were all high draft choices.




Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:33 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

"They tanked the 2011 season for the #1 pick.  "

SO is that why they won two in a row and put the #1 pick in doubt towards the end of the season?




Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:21 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I hope and pray the Colts draft LUCK and he SUCKS.  They release Peyton and he signs with someone and goes to the Super Bowl a couple of times. 

It would serve Indy well. 

They tanked the 2011 season for the #1 pick. 

The cheated almost as bad as New England.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:45 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

in his mind he is not retiring but i still think in the end he retires. i dont see him playing for another team "just to keep playing" when he knows hes not 100% or never will be 100%.  this to me is just like the...manning will miss a couple of games before the season started. peyton manning will be a colts coach in the end and will mentor the next best qb, andrew luck.  the media has nothing to write about and since their bashing of joe paterno is a mute point since his dead...they are doing what the media does best in barren football news...write anything and everything until a decision is made. a decision the media has no facts about



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:06 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

OK take Romo and lose.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:49 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Gotta think that the 49ers would consider 'renting' Peyton for a couple of years if they think he's healthy.

Not slamming Alex Smith, but Manning would be a big upgrade. And Smith would be a very solid backup if/when needed. With their defense, San Francisco would become the odds-on favorite in the NFC in '12.

The NFL salary cap is designed to level all teams. Go all-in while your window is still open, San Fran.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:26 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Seems foolish for him to continue playing.  How better it would be if he stayed at Indy as the head coach.  Brilliant move.  Great football mind.  He's old enough and had enough success to retire from playing and to begin a legacy as a winning coach.  Why risk being a paraplegic?



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:16 am
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Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:10 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Top 3 QBs in the NFL today (excluding Peyton): Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees. This is widely accepted as the elite group of QBs.

NONE of those guys were drafted in the top 10.
Aaron Rodgers was the 24th overall pick.
Drew Brees was 1st pick in the 2nd round.
Tom Brady was a 6th rounder.

Just because you get a Top 5 pick doesn't mean he's going to pan out.
There are plenty of 1st round picks QBs that have been busts.

I'm not saying Luck will be a bust, but he's no sure thing.
As for Peyton---who knows. I can't see spendign $28 million on that kind of risk. Not only is he almost 36 (that's not young) but he's coming off his 3rd neck surgery. He may never be the same. Not to mention one bad hit and he's rolling around in a chair the rest of his life.



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:38 am
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Luck isn't going to sit a game or two let alone a season or two for any QB in the NFL. If Manning is there Luck won't and take that to the bank.


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