Report: Indianapolis Colts Decided on Peyton Manning's Fate "Weeks Ago"

Old AccountSenior Writer IJanuary 28, 2012

Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, left, talks with team owner Jim Irsay during Media Day prior to Super Bowl XLI at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida on January 30, 2007. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The relationship between the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning has taken a turn for the worst this week between Manning and owner Jim Irsay.

It is widely speculated that the Colts plan to move on from the future hall of fame quarterback in favor of Andrew Luck.

Apparently, this should come as no surprise. Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that the decision to move on from Manning occurred "weeks ago."

Manning will either be given his $28 million bonus by March 8th, or he will be released. 

This news can't surprise anyone. As CBS Sports NFL columnist Will Brinson points out, the changes that have been made within the front office only make more sense.

Irsay wouldn't have hired a head coach and a general manager that was not on board with moving on from Manning.

This week's war of words between Irsay and Manning is a sign of things to come over the next few months. The joint statement that was made by both men regarding their relationship is an attempt to part ways in a respectable manager.

For the sake of both careers, the "break-up" that is bound to occur in Indianapolis will not become a bad divorce that the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre went to.

It's fair to say that the rumors of where Manning might land will only escalate in the coming weeks.

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