Peyton Manning Wife

February 10, 2012 by staff 

Peyton Manning Wife, Peyton Manning will finish his NFL career as one of the most prolific passers and field generals to ever play the game. He’s a sure Hall of Famer if he never plays again. But Manning is at a crossroads in his career, and maybe in his life. Should he play football again? Should the Colts put him back on a field? Should the Colts wait to find out if he’s healthy? Can everyone take the emotion out of this decision? Money may drive the March 8 decision but what drives the future of Peyton Manning?

Here are the four critical questions that have to be answered before we see No. 18 run out on a field again and put himself in harm’s way.

Peyton Manning does not control the first decision that has to be made, Jim Irsay and the Colts do. When I wrote contracts for the Jets we used “triggers” or drop-dead dates to force an early decision on the future of a player. March 8 is an interesting date because it precedes free agency. The club will have to make a decision on Peyton before the start of the new year. Indianapolis may want Peyton to take their physical before the 8th, which I doubt he will do. What benefit would he gain from failing the Colts physical? The team would want to show its fan base that Manning simply isn’t ready. At any rate I believe the Colts and Peyton will part ways.

The Colts could ask him to push back the date of the March 8 payment of $28 million and buy time to see if his nerve regeneration improves dramatically. That option is unrealistic considering Manning will want guarantees in that option or why keep himself off the free-agent market?

Manning could announce his retirement from football on March 7, thereby enshrining himself as a lifelong Colt. He wouldn’t be the first high profile player to weigh all his options and realize “it’s time.” The club has already paid him legacy money with the 2011 contract without first requiring him to pass a physical, but they still might be interested in some form of reward for this whole thing to end in a dignified manner. The problem with the retirement ending is the Colts retain his rights as a reserved retired player and that would prevent Peyton from a change of heart down the road.

The most unlikely scenario is a trade. Manning’s contract is too big for a realistic trade with his health issues but a team could ask for permission to ask Manning’s agent Tom Condon if he would be willing to restructure. This is a longshot: I don’t believe Manning’s parting gesture to the Colts will be to get them draft compensation for his long and storied career.

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