Bye-Bye Manning!

Posted on March 6, 2012

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Wednesday marks the end of an era in Indianapolis; the Colts are set to release QB Peyton Manning. I’m not an Indy fan but as a sports fan, I must admit that my heart sank a bit when I got this ESPN alert Tuesday afternoon.

Manning, who led the Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2006, was sidelined during the 2011-2012 NFL season after having his third surgery in 19 months, the last (neck fusion) surgery seemed to have the most impact on his future in Indianapolis as the quarterback watched his team finish the season at 2-14.

Rumors surrounding Manning’s fate made headlines often but team owner Jim Irsay assured reporters and fans that the 36-year old veteran was still “their guy.” Most of us knew better than that especially with Stanford’s QB Andrew Luck entering the 2012 draft. Come on Mr. Irsay we aren’t idiots…the Colts have the 1st pick in the draft…it’s not rocket science.

It’s funny how this thing works though; this game is cold. If a healthy Peyton Manning decides to leave Indy for another team who is offering him more money and a better contract he instantly becomes a big, bad, ungrateful, villain. Fans would take to twitter, media outlets would sound off about how he owes the city his life and all of a sudden this “good” guy would be labeled disloyal.

But now that the team has “decided to part ways” and “change the direction of the organization” it’s all good.

Peyton Manning is a classy guy and he’s handling it well, Indy fans expected it and the organization has its sights set on rebuilding. Out with the old and in with the new; that’s the name of the game and split appears to be amicable, after all at the end of the day it’s all about business.

Players have to do what’s best for them and their families because organizations will always do the best thing for their bottom line. Period!

Wednesday the Colts will release the four-time NFL MVP, opting not to pick up his $28 million roster bonus and the speculation on where Manning will land will begin. Andrew Luck on the other hand has HUGE shoes to fill in Indianapolis; that’s Peyton Manning’s city and let’s face it, the team fell apart while he was sidelined.

I for one, hate to see Peyton Manning’s 14-year career with the Colts end so abruptly, but I guess all good things have to come to an end. In all honesty, his relationship with Indianapolis has lasted longer than most marriages; they’ve had plenty of good times and survived bad times now it’s time to move on.

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