PEYTON MANNING AND THE COLTS TO SPLIT AFTER 14 SEASONS

"After months of speculation, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts will
reportedly part ways.<div class="entry-content">


<a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7653897/sources-indianapolis-colts-part-peyton-manning-wednesday">ESPN
is reporting </a>that the Colts will cut Manning -- their franchise quarterback
since selecting him with the first overall selection in 1998 -- before he is due
a $28 million roster bonus on Thursday. He has four years remaining on his
contract and will become a free agent. </p>


ESPN is reporting a press conference is scheduled for tomorrow.</p>


Manning -- who led the Colts to 11 playoff appearances, two Super Bowl
appearances and a Super Bowl victory -- missed the entire 2011 season due to a
severe neck injury that required three surgeries in the span of 19 months.</p>


Without Manning, the Colts sputtered to a 2-14 campaign, earning the first
pick in April's draft while Peyton's brother Eli led the Giants to a Super Bowl
in Indianapolis. </p>


Doctors have cleared Manning, a four-time MVP, to continue his career and he
has reportedly progressed in recent months since the last surgery in September,
but his health remains a mystery going forward. </p>


The Colts are expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, widely
considered the best quarterback prospect since Manning himself. Heisman trophy
winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor is also a possibility." </p></div>