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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: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:39 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Now what?

My Manning jerseys won't be worth anything unless he goes and plays for a blue team 

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:37 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Peyton Manning's career with the Indianapolis Colts will reportedly end Wednesday.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the team will  of the four-time league MVP at a news conference. Cutting him will prevent a $28 million cap hit for the team and instantly make Manning the most coveted free agent since Reggie White.

Manning underwent multiple surgeries to fuse vertebrae in his neck over the past 19 months. He missed the entire 2011 season.

The move has been in the works ever since it became apparent that the Colts would be in a position to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Still, as recently as seven months ago, Manning being released by the Colts would have been unthinkable.

He was the face of the Indianapolis Colts franchise, the man who resurrected a team that spent most of its 13 previous years in the city as an NFL also-ran. Indy landed the No. 1 pick of the 1997 draft and used it to take Archie Manning's son, a football player pegged for greatness ever since he stepped on a high school field.

Peyton ended up becoming the rare savior who lived up to expectations. He won rookie of the year in 1997, had the team in the playoffs in 1998 and only missed out on the postseason once more in the next 10 seasons. Manning won four league MVPs and led the Colts to their only Super Bowl win in Indianapolis in 2007.

Provided he's able to play, he'll attract unprecedented attention in the free agent market.

Meanwhile, Andrew Luck will have two roles to play in Indianapolis. He'll have to be the franchise's next superstar while, at the same time, replacing the last one.

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:37 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

This isnt that surprising when it comes to a 28 Million dollar exchange due to Peyton!  Business is business and it rightfully makes the most sense...only because nobody has a clue of Peyton's health! 

I agree with you Kid...I hope the Seahawks get off their LAZY BUTTS and check him out at least.  If he can throw and lead a team...Seattle would welcome him with open arms.  I am personally not satisfied with T-Jax and clipboard Jesus.  Two of the worst moves the Seahawks have ever made! 

If Peyton is healthy and ready to play...lets bring his buddy Reggie Wayne with him.  That hook-up would drive the 12th man wild! 

I think its time to evaluate him and let Paul Allen open his pocket book up! 

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:37 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

The two teams that make the most sense for Peyton to join are the Miami Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks. They have running games in place and some big and young receivers.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:35 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Bronco's, Brown's, Seahawk's get your wallets ready!!!  It's a very smart finiancial reason but it's too bad he couldn't stay there and teach Luck how to be a great NFL QB.  If I was Manning I would resructure my contract to stay but I'm not in his shoes and don't know the whole story.  Good Luck to Peyton and happy recovery. 

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:33 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

You'd be blind if you didn't see this coming!  35 yr old QB with 4? neck surgeries owed 28M on Friday!  Peyton is a hall of famer but if he comes back I hope he's healthy and hope he doesn't jeopardize his health.  Sure, Most NFL teams would love to have to have him behind center.  But he has always ran the show - constantly reading defenses and constantly changing the play at the line of scrimmage.  Some coaches may not like that he's used to having so much control but he has had success doing it.  If healthy he's a top notch QB he too will 
have to learn a new scheme, new coaches, new players and a new environment.  That can be tough!  GoodLuck Peyton!  I hope you show Isray what he's going to miss while he rebuilds in INDY.

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:33 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

no dumbass they are cutting him

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:32 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

I say you should learn how to spell

Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:30 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

Colts get no compensation.  They are cutting him.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:29 pm

Report: Colts, Manning will part ways Wednesday

As a side note, add Reggie Wayne for the same duration as Peyton and it could be a team changer for someone going forward....especially if they have the other appropriate pieces in place. Would be a familiar target to start with....

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