Peyton Manning And Colts Part Ways: The End Of An Era

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After much speculation and public comments , the Colts and their star quarterback Peyton Manning have decided to part ways, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen

This will presumably allow the Colts to go forward and draft Andrew Luck with the 1st pick this April. Manning was due $28 million dollars on March 8th, but owner Jim Irsay clearly did not feel like waiting to make his decision. Irsay, has been cleaning house, starting with Vice Chairman Bill Polian, a Manning supporter, and extending to coach Jim Caldwell, and now Manning. The Colts will now move into complete rebuild mode by drafting Andrew Luck, which has been widely assumed for a while now.  This could lead to veterans being cut potentially before camp next season, such as the popular defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

The Colts and Manning enjoyed much success since they drafted him with the first-overall pick in 1998. They made the playoffs in 11 of his 13 seasons, and had their breakthrough season in 2006 with their only Super Bowl victory in the Manning Era.

As for Manning’s next move, we will have a preview of the top five destinations he could end up in the next twenty-four hours. Surely, many teams will be interested in his services as long as he is healthy.

 

By:Frank Santos– Lead Columnist

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