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Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:13 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 11:21 pm
After 14 years, Manning and Irsay are getting set to split. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are breaking up, and they’ll make it official at a news conference Wednesday,'s Mike Freeman has confirmed.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

The decision isn’t a surprise, considering Indianapolis was highly unlikely to pay Manning his $28 million bonus when so much about the health of his neck is unknown.

Thus ends a 14-year partnership when Manning took over a moribund Colts squad and helped develop the franchise into one of the best in the NFL.

Sources tell Mortensen that Manning -- who will be in attendance at the presser along with owner Jim Irsay -- will try to continue his career.

But this day was due to come. No matter how much love is shared by Irsay and Manning -- and despite their pissing contest this offseason, the two have had a strong relationship during their time together -- the Colts couldn’t continue on with a Manning-sized quarterback question. It's all but certain that Indianapolis will take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in the draft, and though a Luck apprenticeship under Manning would have been fine for a year or two (even Luck said he’d be cool with it), it wouldn’t have helped the organization if Manning decided he wants to play another half-decade.

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And what of Manning’s health? A workout video of what appeared to be Manning was leaked last weekend, and Manning -- if it really was him -- appeared to be in fine form. But remember, a report a few weeks ago said that Manning actually had a fourth neck procedure and that he might need another spinal fusion.

The spin emanating from both sides was almost comparable to the current Presidential race. You didn’t know what to believe.
Well, we can believe this: we have seen the last of Manning in a Colts uniform.

Which leads us to this question: Where does he go from here? The Dolphins seem to be a front-runner, because of the supposed Manning infatuation of owner Stephen Ross. As do the Cardinals, who could be willing to end the one-year Kevin Kolb experiment, and the Redskins -- who are always willing to try to become the offseason champion. The Chiefs and the Jets also could be in play, especially considering Romeo Crennel and Rex Ryan haven’t given their respective quarterbacks huge endorsements.

Also, this is bad news for Matt Flynn, who automatically becomes less interesting to the league when Manning hits the market. And depending on when Manning signs with another team -- which, if he’s released, he could do immediately, as opposed to waiting until free agency begins March 13 -- he could have an effect on the teams that might be interested in trading with the Rams for the right to draft Robert Griffin III.

Though we seemingly know the outcome to the Manning-Colts marriage, there are still plenty of questions to be answered in the weeks to come.

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Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:25 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Jim Irsay in a classy move

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:21 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Which is the oddest thing to picture?

Johnny Unitas in a Chargers uniform?
Joe Namath in a Rams uniform?
Kenny Stabler in an Oiler uniform?
Joe Montana in a Chiefs uniform?
Tony Dorsett in a Broncos uniform?
Franco Harris in a Seahawks uniform?
Emmitt Smith in a Cardinals uniform?
Larry Csonka in a Giants uniform?
Jerry Rice in a Raider uniform?
Issac Bruce in a 49er uniform?
Peyton Manning in a non-Colt uniform?

Any others that I missed?

Since: Mar 4, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:19 pm
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Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:19 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

let's look at where peyton aint going:

1) washington- dummy dan snyder has been burned by too many aging elite players, but thats why he's a dummy. he will attempt to sign peyton but archie says no way. mommy & daddy don't want the brothers competing in the same division. long story but true and why do you think eli didn't go to san diego. cause archie says so and archie calls the shots.

2) kansas city- peyton has minimum requirements for where he will play. dome and/or warm weather. k.c. has niether. next.

3) seattle- nope. nfc team + see #2 above. he would appreciate the enthusiastic fans though.

4) cleveland- has the most to offer, but not a snow balls chance in hell of peyton landing here.

5) new york jets- too cold & windy for peyton's diminished arm strength. peyton + rex = no chance

that leaves... MIAMI. peyton will be taking his regenerative nerves & what's left of his talent to south beach! hello reggie bush, hello brandon marshall, hello warm weather, hello new coach who will let peyton call the shots. hopefully those receivers are good at running 25 yd. slants, cause that's all peyton will be able to throw come opening weekend. peyton, the ultimate competitor wants another shot at billy boy belichick & handsome tom, the source of so much of peyton's past agonies.

good "luck" to the colts. they gonna need it (him.)

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:19 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Also, my track record continues as I told many already Manning was toast.  I stay five steps ahead of CBS on a constant basis.
First, how did they disrepsect President?  He didn't mention the President (or i missed it).

Second...  Half the world has been saying that since this whole thing started. 

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:18 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

This was an obvious move due to the $28 mil due. Surprised it happened before Friday. Manning should make 100% sure he wont suffer an injury that could leave him paralyzed for the rest of his life, it's not like he is hurting for money. Never a big fan even since his college days but best wishes. 

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:17 pm
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Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:16 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Peyton will look good in any color. The day he enters the Hall will be in Blue and White. Thanks Peyton for all you did for Indy. Last season you should have one the MVP and you did not play a game. You will find new fans and new haters, that's part of the game. I will cheer for you every game except against my Colt's. As a lifetime Colt's fan I wouldn't have it any other way; Thanks Again!

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:16 pm

Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

He must be racist amirite

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:15 pm
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