Peyton Manning Gone: Colts Owner Jim Irsay Had Decided To Cut Ties Weeks Ago

By CDR
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Is it true? Is Jim Irsay really going to release Peyton Manning, the quarterback that made the Colt’s franchise relevant for all these years? Let’s review.

Aside from the NFL Super Bowl, the Peyton Manning ordeal with the Indianapolis Colts is the biggest and most talked about story in the league. Every week, analysts and fans discuss if Peyton Manning will continue to be the starting quarterback for the Colts’ organization. This past year, the four-time league MVP had to undergo neck surgery that ultimately sidelined the future Hall of Famer for the rest of the season.

With that being said, the Colts were forced to play football without Peyton Manning. When the 2011-12 regular season ended, the Colts found themselves 2-14, tied for the worst record in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams. It was clear. The Colts were not the same team without the “sheriff.”

The NFL off-season, free agency, and the NFL Draft is right around the corner. Every team, including the Indianapolis Colts will once again have to make difficult choices. Taking into consideration Manning’s injury along with the fact that there are amazing collegiate quarterbacks available in the 2012 NFL Draft, such as Stanford’s Andrew Luck [seems to be the more viable choice for the Colts] and Baylor star, Robert Griffin III, the franchise will need to make a big decision on Peyton Manning.

According to NFL Network Insider, Jason La Canfora via “NFL Total Access,” sources involved in the Colts’ GM search stated that the organization was planning to move forward without Peyton Manning weeks ago, well BEFORE the story was released to the public. La Canfora continued to mention that the Colts would make a move on Manning “almost certainly” before the start of the 2012 NFL Combine.

Colts’ owner Jim Irsay immediately heard the news and decided to release a statement on Twitter to dispute NFL Network’s information. By the way, if you ever wanted to follow this situation closely, Jim Irsay’s Twitter account seems to be very active providing detailed information. It’s somewhat surprising being that the news is coming from the franchise’s owner himself.

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With the Indianapolis Colts rebuilding their franchise in terms of coaches, front office management, and players, you could certainly make a case that owner Jim Irsay has been put into a tough circumstance. Here’s the million-dollar question.

Do you pay Peyton Manning the $28 million dollars owed to the quarterback next year or do you make the team younger and move away from one of the best quarterbacks of all-time? Any owner would go crazy over this scenario. Understanding the situation, it will not be a “win-win” for any side and unfortunately, no matter the outcome, there will be some type of backlash in Indianapolis.

Jim Irsay is ONE person nobody wants to be right now. Let’s hope he makes the right decision for the franchise.

If you were the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, what would you do?

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12 Responses to Peyton Manning Gone: Colts Owner Jim Irsay Had Decided To Cut Ties Weeks Ago

  1. WOW, thanks for info. This is just going to be crazy, it almost reminds me of the whole LeBron thing with a differant angle!

    • CDR says:

      I know Bobby! It’s sad but I believe Peyton Manning will leave Indianapolis for good. Manning will have to find a new team to end his career. I am pretty sure there are already many teams waiting in line trying to get Manning on their team.

  2. This situation is nuts. Can’t see this being resolved in an easy fashion. Poor Indy, they could be pretty bad for years to come, unless of course Luck is the real deal right away.

    • CDR says:

      Thanks for stopping by Alex. It certainly doesn’t look good for the Colts and Peyton Manning. Like Chris Paul to the Clippers, the Colts need to work hard and make sure they get someone in return for Manning.

  3. tophatal says:

    When Irsay actually has something of merit to say then perhaps the fans of Indianapolis will take the guy seriously!

    tophatal ………

  4. In my opinion, based on what little info the press has on his condition, Peyton will never pass an NFL physical and be forced to retire. I don’t see him playing another game. This is another step towards that process. He apparently doesn’t want to retire but he’ll have to.

    • CDR says:

      To be honest, I can’t see Peyton Manning in another football jersey as well. I know money probably wouldn’t be the difference maker in this scenario, but if the price is right, anything can happen.

  5. chappy81 says:

    Honestly, I don’t feel bad for Indy at all. They could’ve had Ryan Leaf instead of Peyton, so having him for a decade doesn’t really leave much room for sympathy in my eyes. It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds, but being able to take Luck is a nice luxury to have when many teams don’t have ONE franchise QB, and they’ll possibly have two…

    • CDR says:

      Good point Chap and thanks for coming by! I doubt Indy will have two franchise QBs next year because there is no way Luck and Manning will stay on the same team. Luck’s family has already mentioned that they’d prefer Luck to play his first year given all the success all these rookie QBs are having nowadays. It’s one or the other… who’s it going to be… I think Indy gets Luck and Manning leaves.

  6. This whole thing has me following Rob Lowe on Twitter now.

    Perhaps I should also follow Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy just to be sure.

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