Skip to comments.Report: Indianapolis Colts to release Peyton Manning
Posted on 03/06/2012 4:22:57 PM PST by SmithL
INDIANAPOLIS The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis is expected to end Wednesday, according to a report.
Citing anonymous sources, ESPN reported Tuesday that the Colts plan to hold a news conference to announce the long-expected decision. Manning is expected to attend.
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Most “experts” would say the cap has done wonders keeping the NFL from looking like MLB where you have NY and Boston paying 6 times the low end teams.
So what if the Yankees and Red Sox pay more? It doesnt translate into more titles. Baseball has more parity than the NFL, and it does it without a cap.
Granted, the MLB draft and farm system is what levels the field, but this notion that a salary cap ensures competitive teams is nonsense.
Haven’t NY & Bos won 9 of the last 15 in the AL ?
Historically (and by this I mean the Super Bowl era) I never had a sense that the success of NFL teams was largely based on the size of their markets and their ability to outbid other teams for top free agents. In fact, one of the complaints the NFL Players Association before the salary cap was that free agency was so restrictive that it didn't give players any leverage in negotiating contracts. Basically, an NFL team's success was tied strongly to its ability to draft well, and occasionally make a trade to fill an important hole.
The Giants and Jets, for example, play in the largest population center and TV market in North America. Between them they have five Super Bowl wins and seven Super Bowl appearances. The Giants have won as many Super Bowls in the last five years (2) as they did in the entire era before the salary cap. And Pittsbirgh Steelers, who play in one of the smallest markets in major professional sports, have a record six Super Bowl championships (four of them in the pre-cap era) and eight Super Bowl appearances.
Is there any correlation between Super Bowls and the salary cap? I don't think so. What you DO see now is almost a complete elimination of anything remotely resembling a long-term winning franchise. The Patriots have managed to maintain a winning tradition year after year, but that is a rarity these days. The primary purpose of the salary cap is to eliminate the long-term success of teams by forcing a constant "churning" of NFL rosters.
You know, they Cowboys have almost exactly $28 million in money under the salary cap that they aren't spending on players in 2012!
Oh wait, not really. They have $28 million they won't be spending, but Jerry Jones, and the rest of brain trust at Valley Ranch, have already wasted in on Roy Williams, Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo, Marion Barber, Andre Gurode and Igor Olshansky who were cut in 2011, but whose inflated salaries count $28 million towards the 2012 salary cap.
The irony is that the Yankees were a far better team in the 1990s -- when most of their top players were either home-grown (Jeter, Williams, Rivera, Posada), or were castoffs from other teams who didn't command high salaries anyway (Boggs, Strawberry, Raines). They haven't had nearly as much success since they entered their "sign big-name free agents" mode (which officially began with the signing of Jason Giambi before the 2002 season, in my mind).
The past 15 years takes you back to the mid-90s Yankees teams that had payrolls that were high, but not markedly higher than other teams. That also includes a stretch by the Yankees in which they won four out of five world series—A feat not too different than the Patriots winning three out of four.
But even in the past 15 years, baseball has had 4 multiple WS winners; football had 5 multiple SB winners. Since 2001, baseball has had 9 different WS champions; football had 8. What exactly does the salary cap get you?
They are worried that he won’t come back after missing the entire season.
Sort of beyond that, too, I think that a higher percentage of MLB teams are in the running for the WS than football. In MLB, I figure that about half the teams have a reasonable chance to go to the WS:
That’s 16 of 30. Maybe some are a stretch, say Miami or Cincy, but I don’t think too much of one. In the NFL, though, who can do it?
That’s 12 of 32. I just don’t think that the salary cap promotes parity like the nfl likes to claim. Also, what is the point of having a cap where the league negotiates TV rights, unlike baseball, where tv rights are negotiated by the clubs?
Whomever gets Peyton will not have to pick up his salary as it is now. They will start one from scratch that is sure to have plenty of protections for the team if he cannot play and be effective.
Just we Jets fans need
Blow a few more million on washed up QB.....
How ‘bout defensive coordinator for the Saints? Archie would be proud,
How ‘bout defensive coordinator for the Saints? Archie would be proud.
OK, Rob...pop another top offa dat BEER!
They need him even more now. They have 21 great players + great special teams. They could be a great team with a QB. Why bother having a great team, when they will be held back by a sub-NFL level QB. There aren’t that many good QBs on the market. With Manning, they would have an amazing shot at the Super Bowl.
Who said anything about tearing up the team. They need to have a QB to be a real contender next season. After Manning, who else is there?
That would be nice, wouldn’t it!
If the 49ers go into next season with Alex Smith, they seriously risk going back to be a sub .500 team. They can’t expect that the defense, special teams, and running game can overcome a terrible QB that many times ago. Look at the Detroit game last year. Smith was terrible, and the rest of the team had to make up the difference. He had a good game against the Saints, but that doesn’t even make him a mediocre QB. If the 49ers bring Smith back for an 8th season, it’s an unparalleled statement of stupidity and contempt for the fans.
He’ll be a Seahawk next season. You heard it here first.
Huh? The Yankees and Red Sox have won 7 titles since 1996, and I think the Yankees played in 2 additional World Series.