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Peyton Manning was sidelined for the entire 2011 season
Keep him or not keep him? That is the question.
Many fans are in denial that Manning may have played his last game in a Colt's uniform. The reality is that each day that passes, it seems that the likelihood of Manning not returning grows. It's not personal, it's business. And the business signs point to no more Manning.
First, Manning is up for a hefty $28 million roster bonus if he isn't cut or traded by March 8. That's a steep payment for a quarterback who's medical future in the NFL is still uncertain. The fact is no one knows, or no one is saying, whether Manning will ever physically return to his old self.
Speculation is that Manning has seen his best years. Even if he returns to his former stature, odds are his time is short. It's a business gamble to pay that kind of money to a player who may not be healthy and may only have a few years left.
Interestingly enough, according to the Indianapolis Star, Manning stated that he was told by Grigson that Irsay would be making the decision on his future with the Colt's.
Earlier in the month Chris Mortensen reported that Irsay had said the he will not trade Manning. If there is a parting of ways with Manning he will most likely become a free agent.