Peter King got an inside view of the process Peyton Manning endured as he migrated westward to Denver. Among the details revealed by this incredible story was that Manning wasn't certain he'd be released:
Manning was uncertain what he would do—as recently as the day before he was released he had thought that he and the Colts might work things out.
Everytime I think I am out, they pull me back in!
I really think that Peyton wants to play for at least another five years. And I think he will, at a very high level. And maybe it will be better for him... a fresh start, get him out of his comfort zone, further motivation and a chance to win immediately.
And I really think that Luck will have a great career, perhaps maybe even a Hall of Fame one.
But I will NEVER get over the fact that #18 desperately wanted to stay with the Colts... but the Colts decided it was best for them to move on.
@LovinBlue @coltsauth_todd IF you go back and read my time line, you will see that this is exactly what I posted from Manning camp then.
@DougEngland It WAS best. Going out with Peyton might have felt nice, but then chances are we're the Miami Dolphins for 5-10 years until hopefully we get lucky enough to land a franchise quarterback. I don't want to be the Miami Dolphins, I want to be the 49ers.
@coltsinsider @lovinblue Of course it's all on Jim. Less than a month later Manning gets a new 5-year deal for $96 million.
@BlueMark18 @LovinBlue Peyton still thought Jim would keep him a #Colt up until the last day, on the plane. #ItsAllOnJim