• Reports are that Manning era is over in Indy

    March 07, 2012 No comments

    It appears that today will mark the end of an era in Indianapolis, one in which quarterback Peyton Manning racked up four MVP awards, leading the team to a Super Bowl win and another appearance in the big game.

    ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen reported Tuesday that the Colts will part ways with Manning.

    Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay arrived together in Indianapolis late Tuesday night on Irsay’s private plane.

    Manning, who turns 36 later this month, missed the entire 2011 season after a third neck surgery. Before that, he’d never missed a game in his 13 NFL seasons.

    He is owed a $28 million bonus as part of a five-year $90 million deal he signed with the Colts. But Indianapolis had the option to end the deal after this past season.

    With the Colts holding the top draft pick, they apparently have decided it was too risky and pricey to keep Manning, though all indications are that he intends to keep playing in the league.

    The Colts are widely expected to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with their top pick.

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