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Breaking News: Peyton Manning To Be Given His Pink Slip From The Indianapolis Colts @ Midnight…

6 Mar

And the band played on…..

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports:

Peyton Manning’s career with the Indianapolis Colts will reportedly end Wednesday.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the team will announce the release of the four-time league MVP at a news conference. Cutting him will prevent a $28 million cap hit for the team and instantly make Manning the most coveted free agent since Reggie White.

Manning underwent multiple surgeries to fuse vertebrae in his neck over the past 19 months. He missed the entire 2011 season.

The move has been in the works ever since it became apparent that the Colts would be in a position to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Still, as recently as seven months ago, Manning being released by the Colts would have been unthinkable.

He was the face of the Indianapolis Colts franchise, the man who resurrected a team that spent most of its 13 previous years in the city as an NFL also-ran. Indy landed the No. 1 pick of the 1997 draft and used it to take Archie Manning’s son, a football player pegged for greatness ever since he stepped on a high school field.

Peyton ended up becoming the rare savior who lived up to expectations. He won Rookie of the Year in 1997, had the team in the playoffs in 1998 and only missed out on the postseason once more in the next 10 seasons. Manning won four league MVPs and led the Colts to their only Super Bowl win in Indianapolis in 2007.

Provided he’s able to play, he’ll attract unprecedented attention in the free-agent market. [source]

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How do you feel? Will his stock rise or plummet now he’s set to be a free agent?

photo|NBCSports

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