Peyton Will Not Be a Colt



Just read the following story on which the future of Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts looks bleak indeed. I took the following from Peyton's comments with The Indianapolis Star:

1. Manning states that he has "no idea" whether or not he will be with the Colts next season.

--- Don't you think that if Owner Jim Irsay was planning to keep Manning around, he would put his mind at ease about it leading up to the March deadline, when the Colts must pay hist $28 million roster bonus?

2. Manning said owner Jim Irsay will make the final call on whether the team picks up his $28 million bonus in early March or decides to cut him loose.

--- Many have thought Manning would be included on all discussions about his future in Indy. This seems to indicate that Peyton is in the dark about whether he will be paid and kept. Again, why would the FO do this if they planned on keeping Peyton around?

3. Further comments from Manning: "It's not a real good environment down there right now, to say the least. Everybody's walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change."

--- Walking on eggshells? If you were even considering on keeping your vet QB, would you not maintain a welcoming, comfortable environment for your franchise player?

The story was very interesting and I think, in all directions, it points to the Colts cutting Manning loose in the next 2 months. This is relevant for Redskins fans as it is a foregone conclusion that a FA Peyton Manning will garner SOME sort of interest from our organization.

He may not be healthy, he may never play again, he may be a better indoor QB, he may want too much money, he may not want to play anywhere near Eli, and he may not want to play for anyone other than the Colts; however, if this article is correct, one of the all-time greats at the QB position should be hitting the FA market in the near future.


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