Peyton Manning Released By Colts [VIDEO]
Manning, winner of four NFL MVP awards and one Super Bowl championship, would become a free agent just as the Washington Redskins are looking to fill their need of a quarterback.
Manning, who turns 36 on March 24, missed the 2011 season while recovering from multiple neck surgeries, including a cervical fusion procedure, he underwent last year. The Washington Redskins are expected to at least evaluate Manning’s health to determine whether he can still play at a high level.
The fans of Indy are really going to miss him, evident in this Eagles parody song.
Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay is in the process of overhauling his organization. His decision to release Manning follows the hiring of a new GM and head coach. The Colts are expected to use the first pick in the 2012 draft on a quarterback, probably Stanford’s Andrew Luck or Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.
By releasing Manning, the Colts would avoid paying him the $28 million option bonus due March 8.