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Reportedly the Indianapolis Colts will soon release their quarterback. The above picture displays the type of clothing Peyton Manning is likely to be wearing whether any team signs him or he retires.
Manning's health should be a red flag for any team considering him as a big-money addition at quarterback. He has had four neck surgeries and is still far from recovery.
Manning can't make all the throws and the nerves in his arm haven't fully regenerated. Manning's agent, Tom Condon, told NFL.com that Manning's nerves are regenerating. However, the stage of regeneration is unclear. If the nerve regeneration is still in its early stages, the nerves might not regenerate for several months.
Granted, Manning has been cleared to go through contact workouts. However, that doesn't mean he can actually sustain hits. Manning could take one hard hit in a game and be done.
Another scary thought for the Cowboys if they were to consider signing Manning is that he might not be effective if he were to come back. Sure, he's Peyton Manning, but he's 36 years old and missed an entire season after setting the record for longest playing streak.
Thus, teams must consider the effects of Iron Man Syndrome. Under Iron Man Syndrome, athletes that play numerous games in a row fall off track once they do miss games. If a player misses time after a long playing streak, he loses rhythm and struggles to stay with the speed of the game.
That was the case with such Iron Men as Brett Favre, Cal Ripken Jr. and Miguel Tejada.
Manning might be one of the two or three best quarterbacks of all time, but don't expect him to play at a Hall of Fame level.