Even though recent reports claim that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s decision on Peyton Manning’s future with Colts is not personal, it has been reported that Irsay may have already made up his mind about the franchise QB’s future with the team. The report claims that Irsay chose weeks ago that he was not going to pay the 14-year veteran the $28 million he is owed by March 8th. Such a move would make Manning a free agent and allow him to talk to all teams.
Once the news reached Irsay that he had made this decision on Manning, he spoke out on Twitter. ”
It’s obvious that a decision has not been made official. Irsay has until March 8th and to make a decision now would be crazy. He may already have his mind made up, but he’s still going to see how Manning’s injury situation unfolds during the next month or so. It’s going to be a tough decision, healthy or not. $28 million is a lot of money and for a 14-year old veteran who has been told he may not be released after a neck injury and several surgeries, but we are talking about Peyton Manning. He can make any team in the league a playoff/Super Bowl contender for the next two or three years if he gets released by his doctors.
From the owner’s side, you have to look at it this way: a chance to make it back to the Super Bowl for the next couple of years or save the $28 million, draft Andrew Luck, and spend some of the money towards bringing in defensive players for new coach Chuck Pagano who is a defensive guy from Baltimore and contend for the next 10 to 15 years. It’s going to be a tough call and Irsay is going to be the one to make it.
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