Peyton Manning Rumors: Colts Wasting Time as QB's Bonus Date Approaches

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22:  Peyton Manning  #18 of the Indianapolis Colts gives instructions to his teammates during the NFL against  the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning haven't made headlines for some time now. Basically, everything that needs to be said or known has already been said or made known.

That may or may not have been the intention of Peyton's camp and/or owner Jim Irsay's camp, but this potential divorce turned awfully public, awfully quick.

Media jabs were thrown by both parties and a lot of things were said, but nothing has been resolved.

What we do know is that the Colts have until March 8th to pay Peyton $28 million if he's still on the roster. We also know the Colts have no intention of doing that whatsoever.

As NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt reminds us, the Colts have had nearly a month to pay Peyton if they wanted to:

The Colts, if they wanted Peyton, could have exercised option on Manning at any time since February 7th.Crickets.

— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) March 1, 2012

To shed even more light on what the Colts are focusing on, Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reports that Indy is making headway with free-agent defensive end Robert Mathis:

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I'm told contract talks between colts and Robert Mathis are warming up considerably

— BobKravitz (@bkravitz) February 29, 2012

While new GM Ryan Grigson isn't involved in what Irsay decides to do under center, it is quite obvious that once March 8th finally rolls around Peyton will either have a new contract or be on his way to a new team. 

That is exactly one week from now. Seeing as the Colts haven't made a move on their future Hall of Famer at all in the last month, not even talks of renegotiating, it is obvious which decision will be made.

The Colts are wasting our time and delaying the inevitable—Peyton Manning will not be a Colt after March 8th.

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