As hard as it was for the Packers to part ways with Brett Favre, it’s even harder for the Colts to cut Peyton Manning loose. The Packers had a history of championships and hall of fame players. The Colts were ripped from a city that adored them, were told to leave their history behind and the only face the Indy franchise has ever known is Manning. Without Manning’s presence, the Colts would either still be playing in an antiquated dome toiling away in anonymity or in L.A.
Now realize, Manning is injured and there is no guarantee that he will play this year or ever again for that matter. In addition, he is owed over $24 million if the Colts keep him past this Thursday. The bottom line, as unpopular as it is, is that the Colts must move forward and regard the future of the franchise as their top priority.
Think of the “what if’s”……
What if the Colts held on to Manning, paid him the $24 million he would be owed and he wasn’t able to play or play effectively? Fans would throw Colt’s management under the bus for taking such a high risk chance on a guy who was, notcoming off of an injury, but actually still injured.
What it the Colts kept Manning and passed on Andrew Luck and Manning wasn’t then able to play? Again, the future of the franchise will have been set back years.
The risks are too high for the Colts at this time. If Manning could throw with velocity, if he could throw farther than 25 yards, if he knew that his strength was returning, if he could guarantee that he would be healthy at the start of training camp, then there would be a more realistic dilemma for the Colts. BUT…Manning can’t speak specifically to any of the above and that leaves the Colts with no choice…..Peyton Manning will be cut come Thursday. Yes, it’s not popular. It’s actually sad in many ways but for the Colts, it’s business and the right thing to do.