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.
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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