John Clayton expects Peyton Manning to be released. However, he feels it would be in Manning's best interest if he stayed with the team:
The public nature of this process, along with the many changes in the Colts' organization, may push Manning to leave. The reason I say staying is the best option is because what Manning needs more than anything else is time, and the comfort of being a Colt offers him the most time to regain his arm strength for throwing the football.
I think this is right. Just imagine the following scenario's and how they'd play out if Peyton stays here vs. if he goes somewhere else: (a) his arm strength never returns and he retires; (b) he's still making progress as the season starts, but still isn't ready to play; (c) he can play, but his arm is no longer among the best in the league; (d) he can play, but he's a bit rusty and showing the lack of opportunity to work extensively with his receivers. Here, people would be very understanding because he's been our guy for so long. Coming in somewhere else where he's supposed to be the savior of the franchise and a ticket to the Super Bowl, he'd better be back to his old self pretty quickly.
Todd, I really appreciate all the effort you put in to getting all of these links up, because without your effort my day would be very boring. However, this statement was originally made by John Clayton and then quoted by Kuharsky in the AFC South blog.