Speaking to ESPN, Manning made it clear no decision will come this week, and that he won't discuss his future during Super Bowl week. He's having dinner with Colts owner Jim Irsay at a social event Thursday but doesn't expect to discuss his contract status.
“I think Jim’s on 16-hour days,” Manning said. “As the host owner, there are certain obligations, but it’ll happen soon and I’m sure y’all will know when it does.
"Jim and I talk constantly. We really do. After this week's over, we'll do it and we'll make a plan from there."
Despite speculation about retirement, Manning said, "I'm very encouraged with what (the doctors) have said. ... Everything looks good that I'll be cleared and ready to go. So that's encouraging to me."
Sounds like a guy who plans on playing to me.
Had my neck broken with nerve damage, neurosurgeon said they never know what the outcome will be with nerve damage. Doubt Payton can be cleared for the hits.
A little bit of a tangent, but did anyone else watch this interview and get a little weirded out by all the gatorade talk?
I know he is supposed to promote the company, but it seemed pretty forced.
@JohnRH It's probably mostly honest talk. Gatorade definitely has a lot of very qualified nutritionists giving info to their sponsor athletes. I imagine they want their commodities to be as healthy as humanly possible so they can keep making them money.
I didn't realize this until 2 days ago when I was researching a new post to write up. Think about this. Next year, the Colts only save 1 mil on the cap. According to the salary page here on CA, the cap in 2013 will be 123 mil, but in 2014 it's projected to be 160 mil.
Manning has said on several occasions that he wants to play 16 years in the NFL. That means he would retire after the 2013 season. If the cap is expected to make that kind of jump, when better to plan for a 20+ million cap hit. I'm obviously biased on what the Colts should do, but perhaps this how the cap was planned on being dealt with by the Polians as I referenced in an earlier article.
@GregMitchell1 He also said, "I continue to make progress. The doctors are encouraged and that’s encouraging to me." I don't put much stock in any news involving Peyton lately, but that is good to hear.