In what has become a very good game of chess between Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning, the tables have once again been turned.
Let's look at the timeline of events so far.
Peyton injures his neck and has to sit out a year.
Colts land the rights to draft the player who everyone expects to be the next great quarterback, Andrew Luck.
Rumors surface that the Colts look to cut bait with their future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Peyton expresses displeasure with seeing all of his familiar faces in the Colts facilities leaving one by one.
Irsay blasts Manning for disgracing "The Horseshoe."
News is released that Manning's various neck surgeries are finally a success and that he could play on Super Bowl week if needed.
Irsay lets it be known on twitter that Manning has NOT been cleared by Colts doctors.
News of a disclosed fourth neck procedure comes forth.
Video of Manning throwing at Duke University surfaces.
Well well well, we finally get to see what Mr. Manning has in the tank. After plenty of back-and-forth between Manning and Irsay about whether he can or cannot throw an NFL-caliber pass and if he's indeed healthy enough to warrant that nice bonus that's right around the corner, we have video.
This video has surfaced of Peyton Manning throwing in Durham, N.C., on the Duke campus, and from what I see, he's still got a golden arm.
But is it a golden arm worth $28 million?
The 27-second video first shows Peyton in what seems to be Colts practice gear, tossing four beautiful passes. The first a nice deep ball, followed by a comeback route and a quick out, then finishing up with another deep route.
This is the first time we've actually seen Peyton in action since his well-documented neck surgeries and he seems to be throwing the ball with some zip, which is very encouraging.
There was a growing number of people who seemed to believe that Manning has already thrown his last TD pass, but after viewing this video, it's safe to say that his days as an NFL quarterback are not over yet.
But with this video comes questions. Did Manning intentionally have this video put out for all the world to see, or is it truly an amateur who just wants the masses to see that the great Peyton Manning still has plenty of arm to go around?
Is this a certainty that he'll be back representing "the horseshoe" or will D.C. have a new commander-in-chief behind center? And of course, the biggest question of all, what will the Colts do with the man who put them on the map?
Another nice twist to this saga is that under the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, the Colts can't actually see Peyton throw until after the fated deadline of March 8. Well, that is, unless they take this video for what it is.
So in this very competitive game of chess, it would seem like Peyton has moved himself in pretty good position. Now Mr. Irsay, it's your move.
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