Colts announce they're releasing Peyton Manning

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Colts owner Jim Irsay says the team is releasing quarterback Peyton Manning after a 14-year run that included one Super Bowl title and four MVP awards.

Irsay and Manning are appearing together Wednesday at a news conference at the Colts' team complex to announce the move.

The 35-year-old Manning will become a free agent, and there is expected be interest from a half-dozen or so NFL clubs, provided he's healthy. Manning is coming off a series of operations to his neck and missed all of last season.

Indianapolis needed to cut him this week to avoid paying him a $28 million bonus. The Colts are widely expected to begin moving on by taking Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft.


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  • by Karen Location: South Carolina on Mar 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM
    I followed the Colts because of Manning. I am originally from TN and had the opportunity to sit in Neyland Stadium to watch his "magic". I would love for him to go to the Titans (What a reception he would receive), my second choice would be Miami. But whatever and wherever, my heart and prayers are with Peyton and his family! Be safe!
  • by Anita Location: Knoxville on Mar 8, 2012 at 09:50 AM
    I think the Colts saw what their team will be like without Peyton while he was out all last season. They will pay the cost of losing him and his talent. I hope he comes back to Tennessee, if not to the Titans then to coach at UT. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
  • by Erik Location: Knoxville on Mar 8, 2012 at 04:43 AM
    I really hope he goes to the Kansas City Chiefs. Then we can root for both Peyton and Eric Berry on that team.
  • by Cathy Location: Dandridge on Mar 7, 2012 at 08:50 AM
    I hope he decides to coach rather than play. I would hate to see him get hurt. He'd be an excellent coach as he was an excellent player because he knows the game so well. Hope he comes back to TN!
  • by joe Location: newport on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM
    Well all I can say is their loss and someone elses gain!!!! See were they was last season with out him!!!!!
  • by ruby on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:19 PM
    Sherry..I think you made your point..4 times..really??
  • by Wendy Location: Knoxville on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:26 PM
    Peyton really needs to come to UT as Head Coach. Just an opinion but he would be a Great one!
  • by Sherry Location: Knoxville - on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:21 PM
    Wow, give them the best years of your life just to be tossed out when you need them sounds like a job I used to have..... :(
  • by Sherry Location: Knoxville - on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:21 PM
    Wow, give them the best years of your life just to be tossed out when you need them sounds like a job I used to have..... :(
  • by Sherry Location: Knoxville - on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:21 PM
    Wow, give them the best years of your life just to be tossed out when you need them sounds like a job I used to have..... :(
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