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Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:22 pm
 
The Colts' annoucement that they will release Peyton Manning comes as no surprise. We've expected it for weeks. Now they make it official.

I understand pro football is a business, but this is also Peyton Manning. There was no way the Colts were ... or are ... going to look good with this story. So they do what they think they must and move on.

It's a cold, cruel business, and the sad truth is that the Colts probably had no choice here. I don't know what Manning's future is or whether he's an injury waiting to happen again, and neither do the Colts.

I spoke to one coach at the NFL scouting combine who said he would have paid him just to tutor first-round draft pick Andrew Luck, but that's a huge investment in someone who would count heavily against your salary cap, cost millions this season and may not play again.

Bill Walsh always said it's better to fire a player one year too soon than one year too late, and my guess is that the Colts abide by that axiom. Let's face it, they're cleaning out the place from top to bottom, with Bill Polian and his son Chris one of the first casualties, so it makes sense to make a complete break with the past.

And this is a complete break.

I'll miss Manning, too, but life goes on. The Packers survived the loss of Brett Favre, and the 49ers survived the loss of Joe Montana. It may take years, but it had to happen sooner or later.

Too bad it was sooner.


Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:42 am
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

jltexas, you are mistaken. Peyton had already had surgery on the neck after the 2010 injury. It wasn't apparent that he would need additional surgery until he had the go-ahead to go all out with his throws. You never really know until you use what's been broken, whether of not the repairs will be good enough.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:26 am
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

Its a cold, cruel world... now here is many millions of dollars! I wish my world was so cruel... quit being so melodramatic!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:39 am
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

The Yankees could afford to do it with Jeter because they don't have a salary cap, they have more money to work with than any Sports team in North America and because they had a solid team around him. The Colts have all of that working against them.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:20 pm
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

NFL stands for NO FREAKING LOYALTY. Would the Yankees do this to Derek Jeter? No. Would the Lakers do this to Kobe Bryant? No. 
The Yankees should have done it to Derek Jeter. The contract they gave him last time was completely ridiculous.



Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:36 pm
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

It was time for Colts to let go. This was their best shot to draft another franchise QB and they had to take it. No way two guys like Luck and Peyton could have co-existed. I think Peyton still has another 4 to 5 years left in him and if he goes to the right team (Niners anyone) he could win another one. However, since Colts are in a rebuilding mode, I doubt he could have won one with the Colts. Colts had to make this move. I hope it works out for Eli's big bro as long as it's not at the expense of Eli.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

mn1144- ur an idiot!!!


his contract was a mutual agreement for this year.  he could have just as easily walked.  



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:44 pm
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

NFL stands for NO FREAKING LOYALTY. Would the Yankees do this to Derek Jeter? No. Would the Lakers do this to Kobe Bryant? No. But Bret Favre, Peyton Manning, you know Tom Brady is next. This is why football is my third favorite sport (well fourth behind tennis, have you ever seen Maria Sharapova?)



Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:23 pm
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

BOOM!  Did you hear that?  That was the state of Indiana going back to being a Basketball state... or, maybe it was the door slamming on a bunch of busses carrying 75% of Indy's fan base to wherever Peyton Manning decides to take his illustrious career!

Don't feel bad for Peyton Manning, now he doesn't have to carry a team anymore!  I'm excited about it. I can't wait to see what team he picks.  So many fans of the Colts, like me, are just Colts fans because we enjoyed watching Manning play.

I don't feel bad for Peyton Manning, I'm excited for him!  RAVENS, DOLPHINS, JETS, or 49ERS - and Peyton's got a legit shot to add a couple more Super Bowl wins to the resume.  I mean, with Manning, a really pathetic team like the Colts (good for four or five wins per year without Manning covering up all their deficiencies) was a Super Bowl contender.  Imagine what he can do with an already good team!

The big losers here are the Colts!  They return to being just another mediocre to pathetic team and their fan base will be about 25% of it was with Manning! 



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:21 pm
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

Peyton Manning is no victim.  He appears to be a wealthy, privileged member of the cult of personality.  Hopefully he's a person of character as well.  Long after his playing days have ended we'll still see his mug all over the media.  



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:20 pm
 

Manning victim of NFL's cold, cruel world

Good move by colts. Maybe by doing this and saving 28 million manning can still sign cheaper per year and end his career with indy.



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