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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 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:41 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Peyton.. The Colts are going to draft their replacement pet (Luck) and they are just waiting for you to step down.. Search your options and go to a team that desperately needs a QB and will welcome you with open arms.. Dictate your future.. Do not let the Colt's dictate yours. 



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

I'm hoping that Peyton is traded and actually has a chance to win another Super Bowl before he retires.  Kinda like a combination of the Joe Montana and John Elway career endings......traded to a new team, but finishing with a Super Bowl victory.




Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:07 pm
 

I am still waiting for the article that

Blows the lid off the biggest scam in NFL history.  I would have fired everyone after that contract was signed under those circumstances. 



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Manning would do great in a Jets uniform and put them over the top no doubt. But I am jus not sure Peyton will ever play again with that neck injury. Peyton has had sugery on that neck 3 times and thats pretty serious. There is life after footbal and peyton has climbed the mountain top and if he has to hang his NFL career up he has to. He has had a great career and he will be missed but your family and long time health is much more impotant to you.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

put Peyton Manning on the 49er's and they will be the team to beat along with that defense



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

If Indy takes Luck, which they've pretty much said they would, they're are gonna have to "throw him to the wolves". The way Peyton's talking he seems to be packing his own parachute.
Besides starting right away worked out pretty well for Newton & Dalton. Course this is the Colts we're talking about.



Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Manning should want to get out of there.  As great as HE is, the Colts are a 10-6/9-7 team at best.  If they cut him he can pick who he wants to go play for.  Money is no object with him, so the $28 million is not as big of a deal as it may seem to those of us who would sell our mothers to the Turks for that kind of loot.  Just imagine if he were to go to Baltimore or Houston or some other team with a good defense/running game.  Not that I'm saying that such a scenario is likely, but if he does become an unrestricted free agent, you know he's going to go to a good team with a legit shot at a title.  Such a team would be a lot of fun to watch for 1 or 2 seasons.



Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:18 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Manning should want to get out of there.  As great as HE is, the Colts are a 10-6/9-7 team at best.  If they cut him he can pick who he wants to go play for.  Money is no object with him, so the $28 million is not as big of a deal as it may seem to those of us who would sell our mothers to the Turks for that kind of loot.  Just imagine if he were to go to Baltimore or Houston or some other team with a good defense/running game.  Not that I'm saying that such a scenario is likely, but if he does become an unrestricted free agent, you know he's going to go to a good team with a legit shot at a title.  Such a team would be a lot of fun to watch for 1 or 2 seasons.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

Sure, and he had no intentions of not playing this year also.  Ain't gonna happen, he'll never play again.  He may want to, but reality says no...



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

 Irsay trades the 1# pick to the Redskins for an obscene amount, takes another prospect further down in the draft to understudy Manning. Redskins draft Luck, and he ends up being a bust. Skins are out of a 1st round pick for the next three years, and are stuck w/ Heath Schuler II. 
 Meanwhile the team who drafts RGIII becomes successful for the next ten years, Colts remain successful for the next ten years, and Redskins are still looking for Mr. Franchise.
 Poor Luck drafted by ther Redskins is forever compared to Jamarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf & Jeff George & ends up finishing his short,miserable career as a back up in Cleveland.

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