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Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:20 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 11:20 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

With the news that the Colts and Peyton Manning will part ways Wednesday, there will, of course, be bystanders who are positively and negatively affected by the news. Here’s our list of winners and losers.


Andrew Luck: In his first year in a Colts uniform, Luck will get to experience the highs and lows of playing as a rookie quarterback. Sometimes this goes well (see Cam Newton and Andy Dalton). Sometimes this goes poorly (see, um, Peyton Manning). And while we could make the argument that Luck would do well apprenticing under a veteran for a season -- he wouldn’t have to deal with the top pick pressure for an extra year and he could learn the new offense without the media spotlight trained on his every move -- Luck will learn much more if he’s actually playing. Plus, he won’t have the Peyton Manning shadow hanging over his rookie season.

Jim Irsay: Already, Irsay has begun to renovate his team, firing Bill Polian and former coach Jim Caldwell, following the 2-14 season. Irsay has done a wonderful job turning the Colts franchise into a perennial Super Bowl contender (2011, of course, being the exception), and now, he gets to be involved in another massive rebuilding project. Manning, of course, has done perhaps more than anybody to get Super Bowl XLVI to Indianapolis and to get Lucas Oil Stadium built, but Irsay now can remake the team as he sees fit. Plus, like Luck, his team won’t have the Peyton Manning shadow hanging over the franchise in 2012.

ManningAFC South: We’ve seen what happens when Manning isn’t playing for the Colts: the rest of the division gets better! Well, except for the Jaguars, of course. But without their franchise quarterback in the lineup, the Colts went from being the scariest team in the AFC South to being the most toothless. That probably won’t change in 2012, in which the Texans -- who never could get over the Manning hump and who couldn’t make the playoffs until he wasn’t playing -- will be one of the favorites in the AFC. Without Manning, Houston might have the chance to become the new Indianapolis.

Colts fans: In some sense, the city has been held hostage by the Manning-Irsay impasse, and it actually overshadowed the early part of Super Bowl week. But without Manning around, the salary cap won’t be as rigid, and with Luck coming into town (we assume), he’ll bring a new sense of excitement to the organization and to the city in general. Yes, Indianapolis will miss a community leader in Manning, but who’s to say Luck couldn’t fill that role anyway.


Matt Flynn: In our free agent quarterback rankings, we listed Drew Brees as No. 1, Manning as No. 2, and Flynn as No. 3. Brees has been franchise-tagged by the Saints, and it’s clear that the possibility of landing Manning will overshadow whatever Flynn will be trying to do. Flynn to Miami? Well, let’s see if the Dolphins can land Manning first. Flynn to (fill in the blank)? Well, let’s see if (fill in the blank) can land Manning first. Flynn likely won’t be anybody’s first choice, and you have to wonder how that will affect his bottom line. Would you rather have Manning, even if he’s not completely healthy, or Flynn? The answer is obvious.

Robert Griffin III: While the Manning release is good news for Andrew Luck, it might mean something different for RG3. Like Flynn (though probably not as much as Flynn), other quarterback-needy teams will look at Manning first before (possibly) trying to trade up with the Rams in order to draft Griffin after Luck. Like Flynn, this might limit Griffin’s options, and it might actually mean Griffin isn’t taken with the No. 2 pick. That probably won’t happen, but if one of the teams (say, ahem, Washington) looking at Griffin ultimately goes with Manning and the rest of league believe St. Louis’ price is too high, you have to wonder if Griffin will fall to the fourth pick.

Manning’s bank account: Not that he needs financial assistance, but cashing in on a $28 million bonus would have been pretty sweet.

Rob Lowe: I guess we can forget about Lowe’s budding journalism career. While he was right in believing that Manning was done in Indianapolis, Lowe also reported that Manning would retire. That’s not going to happen, and unfortunately for Lowe, reporters don’t credit for being half-right.

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Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:17 pm

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

Thanks man!

Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:32 pm

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

Wherever Peyton Manning ends up the organization, city, and team will be in better shape than it was prior to his arrival. Arizona makes sense but can they afford Peyton? I’m a Vikings fan and would hope they would take a shot at signing him but with his injury history and our inadequate offensive line he would be carted off the field by game 3. I ultimately think he will end up in a Jets or Dolphins uniform. Rex Ryan runs a lethargic offense and would have to open it up a little.  Miami has Brandon Marshall and I could see Peyton throwing bombs to Marshall all day. It’s going to be interesting year in the NFL with top tier free agents, future hall of fame free agents, and a very talented draft class coming in. Get those grills fired up ladies and gentlemen and let’s watch some football!

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:01 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

There is no way the Cardinals can afford to pay anybody other than Larry Fitzgerald. That is why they are always "starting over". Reference every year except for the lone year they made the Super Bowl. They lost the majority of those players. Now their defense couldn't even stop the injured Peyton Manning from scoring last year. Lol!

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:42 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

I'm not the brightest bulb in the chandellier - so somebody tell me --- Historically, has there ever been a successful qb - that transitioned to successful offensive cooridinator??

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:30 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

Here's my prediction........Manning and Wayne package it up and head to Arizona where the air conditioned dome and Larry Fitzgerald await.......

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:21 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

As a point of clarification, Rob Lowe was a loser long before the #18 tweet. He just sunk lower into lose-dom.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:14 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

CBS hit me up....  I'll write you're blog...   tired of reading these hacks

MooseKnuckle79, you have to tighten up that grammar because the English PhD's on this board will show you no mercy.  But honestly, I have no doubt that you can do a better job and the real sports fans out there also can do better.  It's only the blind homers and inept haters that would have trouble writing better articles or blogs than the cast of characters that get paid by CBS.  That being said, at least their slobber is free, they don't try to charge for junk like ESPN does.

Get your rating up to a 95 and you can start your own blog, do it and I'll check it out!

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:00 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

That’s not going to happen, and unfortunately for Lowe, reporters don’t credit for being half-right.
However, if you are right 20% of the time (or less) you can get paid to write for CBS, RIMSHOT!

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:56 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

Whatever Peyton decides to do, I wish him the best. But I am one of those who is afraid for his safety and fear the possibility of very serious injury. Therefore, I hope that he retires. If he wishes to remain in football, I think he should consider trying to be a quarterback coach somewhere, if not immediately in the NFL, then try to work into the NFL. From there to an offensive coordinator the maybe to head coach. In this capacity he could have decades ahead of him. Whatever may be the case, this Falcons fan wishes him the best.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:28 am

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH PEYTON MANNING??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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