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Peyton Manning Released By Colts

Peyton Manning Released By Colts

The Indianapolis Colts announced on Wednesday that they will be releasing quarterback Peyton Manning with immediate effect.

 

The announcement came at an emotional press conference attended by both Manning and the Colts' owner Jim Irsay, where both men had to pause frequently and it was obvious they were fighting back the tears at various points.

 

The decision was made before Thursday's deadline to pay Manning a $28 million bonus and exercise the remaining four years on a five-year $90 million contract but both Irsay and Manning stipulated that it was not a money issue that has seen the four-time MVP leave the club he has become synonymous with.

 

Manning, who turns 36-years old this month, is currently recovering from a badly injured shoudler and was spotted aggressively throwing the ball whilst sporting his Colts helmet, shoulder pads and jersey just last week.

 

A number of teams have already been linked with Manning including the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redksins but Manning says he has no idea where he will be playing in the upcoming season.

 

"I haven't thought about yet where I'll play but I have thought about where I've been. I've been blessed, " said Manning with a shaking voice.

 

Colts owner Irsay said that the number 18 jersey made famous by manning will now be officially retired and nobody will ever wear it for the Colts again.

 

"This is difficult because of the things Peyton has done for our city, our state and our franchise. There will be no other Peyton Manning," said Irsay.

 

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