Peyton, Colts Part Ways Wednesday
March 9, 2012
Fighting back tears, Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, announced alongside Peyton Manning that the team will not be picking up the four year option on Manning’s contract, and he will become a free agent. During his career with the Colts, Manning led the team to two Superbowl appearances, a Superbowl win in 2006 and a trip to the playoffs in 11 out of his 14 years with the team. Peyton Manning will surely be missed by the Colts.
Manning, age 36, spent all of last season on the Colts injured reserve list, while he recovered from his off-season neck-fusion surgery. During this time the Colts went a disappointing 2-14, finishing dead last in the NFL. They have the first pick in this year’s NFL draft. Indianapolis is expected to take Stanford’s Andrew Luck who has finished as the runner-up for the Heisman the past two years. Luck will be a solid successor for Manning, but there simply is no replacing one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
Peyton Manning is now a free agent, available for any team in the league to sign him on Thursday, after he clears waivers. There really is no telling where he will end up next year, but many of the “experts” are saying he will likely end up in Miami to head the dolphins in an attempt to rebound from yet another disappointing season. Manning has said that he wants to make a decision regarding where he will play nest year within the next week. He has also said that he would prefer to play in the AFC rather than the NFC. If this is true, it would eliminate three of the six teams that have already been in contact with Manning’s representatives, leaving The Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Denver Broncos as the three most likely places for Manning top land in the season to come.