Skip to comments.Colts to release Peyton Manning
Posted on 03/06/2012 7:34:16 PM PST by Perdogg
Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts had both hoped he would play his entire NFL career with that franchise.
What was speculated about for months will become official Wednesday when the Colts officially part ways with their future Hall of Fame quarterback. FOXSports.com has confirmed that Manning will be released, ending his storied 14-year tenure with the club.
FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer reported that Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay will conduct a joint news conference Wednesday in Indianapolis. The tone is intended as a farewell tribute to Manning, whom Irsay has long championed as a close friend as well as Colts star
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Wish him all the best!
Best thing for Peyton to do is retire, then get ready to be hired for the Tennessee coaching job.
Bad move, IMO. Whoever they draft is going to need a senior leader to help him with the transition from college ball to the big leagues. Besides ... the team needs more than just a new QB ... that entire team sucked last season.
Best of luck to him.
He had a great career — but a neck injury is nothing to take lightly.
No, we need him at Ole Miss!
I was hoping he would retire especially with a neck injury. It won’t feel right seeing him in another jersey.
Yeah, he’s do e his time for sure. Get out while he’s still walking!
Belay my last post. I was replying to something else.
This is huge news.....
$28 million gets freed up for the Colts to start rebuilding their team
Wishing him all things great, and praying his neck heals 100%. Gonna miss him.
They have to let him go or they cannot afford to get more than just a new QB. $28 million is freed up.
Manning would almost have to be out of his mind to want to play any more professional football at this point.
Way too risky to commit $28 millon for someone who may not play again; especially when the Colts have no chance to go deep in the playoffs with or without a healthy Peyton Manning.
I’d love to see him as head coach at UT. Things haven’t been the same since Fulmer left. Manning is a UT legend. You would be surprised how many 13 year olds that are named Peyton living in the Volenteer state.
Hope he does well finding a worthy team now he is rid of the useless Colts.
I concur with several posters in this thread: With an injured neck? Why chance it?
Money? Another ring?
Is it worth the risk? Really?
Who says he hasn't. He may never play another down.
Sorry to hear this, though it’s not unexpected, given the $28 million the Colts would have had to pay out to Manning.
I wish Peyton well with whatever he opts for - retirement, another team, coaching, what have you. I could care less about the Colts’ organization. Jim Irsay is as big a jerkwad as his daddy was.
We can use him in SF...and get a couple more Super Bowl victories out of it.
Yeah, he’s do e his time for sure. Get out while he’s still walking!
No brainer there.
From what I have heard, his neck is fine. The nerves are something else, but it’s not a paralyzing type thing. I think it’s more about the money, which is going to be an issue for players to deal with in the future NFL. Like anything else, the money will dry up....
Peyton....if you still want to play, I have the perfect place for you.....
C’mon....you know you wanna try.
How ironic if he winds up with the Chargers, just like Johnny U.
The networks will be jumping over each other to hire Peyton as an analyst.
I don’t think they’d part ways with Rivers. He’s not the reason they haven’t won.
Well the Colts gave him like 100 million dollars (plus all his damn commercials) so he doesn’t need the money.
He wants the respect you only get from winning rings. Despite his great regular season numbers (best ever?) he has a mediocre postseason record and only 1 Superbowl that he only got cause top ten worst QB to play in a Superbowl Sexy Rexy had an int returned for six. If not for Rexy we’d be talking about Manning as the new Dan Marino. His rival Brady still has 3, almost had 2 more. Big Ben has 2.
On top of that his little brother now has 2 (at Brady’s expense) much celebrated since he plays in NY. I don’t think he can live with that. Top athletes are super competitive. Some don’t even let their little kids beat them at board games.
And in many minds the day you retire is the day you feel like an old man.
I think he’ll be fine, I’m not worried about his health. Indy would have kept him if they could have possibly afforded to pay him and Luck (with the salary cap not really an option) and if Luck was willing to sit for 3 years which he apparently isn’t (seemed to work for Aaron Rodgers even though Favre didn’t give him the time of day vis-a-vis helping him develop).
If Rex Ryan is smart he’ll offer up his wife. The Mayor of Miami, his daughter.
If Peyton is smart he’ll not take his talent to South Beach nor join the mediocre Jets where his chances of winning aren’t any better then they were with an Indy team that would never have gone better than 8-8 without him and pay a call to San Fran.
I bet he ends up with his brother in NY, while the Sanchize begins his new life as some other teams’ backup.
No, he doesn’t. As a Mississippi State fan, I prefer him be as far away from Oxford as possible.
>>$28 million gets freed up for the Colts to start rebuilding their team<<
I’ll play for 1/28th of that per year...
I think Penn State is still looking...
Let’s hope that Peyton was smart with his money. That will allow him to retire and purse other endeavors. He’s got a lot of years ahead of him and he should live them in good health. Best of luck, fella. You were a terrific QB.
I have seen too many college football players (i.e., those not good enough to play extra years in the pros) with significant physical injuries, artificial kness and the like. At some point, you have to say “enough is enough”.
The NFL needs to do something about these huge salaries offered to rookies. Maybe the first year of being pro should be a “probation” period where the contract can be canceled by the team if the player doesn’t perform.
With his salary representing about 1/5 of the salary cap there’s no room to keep him around to train a first round rookie, that would tie up over 1/4 of their cap for 2 guys that can’t be on the field at the same time. You can’t fix the rest of the team that way.
They did do that in the new CBA or this situation would be even worse.
That is good to hear
A lot of teams need a lot of work. The Colts need work on both sides of the ball, of course so do the Cowboys- which is the team I like.
They fixed it in the new CBA, they now basically have a step system for rookies like the NBA. First rounders still get fairly big contracts, the big thing they were really looking for was no more negotiations and holdouts.
Yeah, the salary cap makes it a lot harder to be a GM, and a great QB makes it a lot easier to not notice the GM’s screw ups.
As a football fan in general, I am sad to see this turn of events. Great athlete, ferocious competitor and general class act.
I am a Pats fan, and I am disappointed to see this in that it completely takes the air out of this important, fun and interesting rivalry that had developed.
But if he does play, I want him to be as far away as is humanly possible, out of the AFC, and preferably on the other side of the world.
He takes too many years off of my life when he plays the Patriots.
Fair winds and following seas to wherever his fortune takes him. He is a good man and a Hall of Famer,
Just as long as my team only sees him once every few years...:)
NOTE: Nearly every Patriots fan in my circle that I know would echo this sentiment. Nothing but respect in these circles.
He must really want to play ball badly.
Because he could make a ton of money as a tv analyst or football coach.
I suspect he’d progress to NFL head coach in just a few years, just like Jim Harbaugh.
He is still a young guy with the competitive juices still flowing. Tough to let it go.
Top shelf athletes usually don’t make good coaches. They’re too motivated and don’t relate well to the more average players. Larry Bird is pretty much the only A list player to do well as a coach.
There are two free agent linemen in Houston that Dallas should go after.
You may well be correct, but I’d bet my next Social Security deposit that many colleges and pro teams would be happy to find out if he could do it.
I will miss this guy. I was so wanting them to keep him anyway, but they were thinking long term, I guess.
28 million bucks is a lot when you may be injured again. I would have felt bad too if he would have had another awful injury while playing here.
Sad day for Indy. I will be for whoever he plays for though. Right thing to do.
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