Could Manning abandon Colts?

July 10, 2008
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manningThe Brett Favre saga in Green Bay had the guys on ESPN Radio yesterday morning discussing the possibility of the all-pro quarterback playing for another team next season if he comes out of his short retirement.

Mike Greenberg then asked the listening audience which professional player would seem the strangest playing in another uniform. That is to say, for a different team.

The final four included New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter, San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan, New England Patriots’ Tom Brady and Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning.

Who do you think of these four would be the most likely—or unlikely—to play for another team during their career?
  • Most likely - Derek Jeter
    Most unlikely - Payton Manning
  • It will of course never happen. The Colts will cut 30 of their players to free up salary to keep Manning on the payroll if they have to. I actually think Duncan would be the most likely to go, followed by Jeter. But you never know, Baseball players move around a lot, and there seems to have been a lot of trade movement in the NBA in the last couple of years.
  • If a player flirts with a retirement for years, then retires and quotes, I am 100% done playing football, how do you expect there not to be a little restraint from a Packers organization that was already prepared to move on. This isn't Favre being forced out, this is Favre essentially putting the Pack in a terrible spot. Aaron Rodgers is ready to go and the Packers were prepared to see him take over... then comes Favre again days before training camp??? While Brett Favre is one of the all-time greats, he has not handled this in the best interest of his former team, teammates, and a young QB who has no idea what to think right now.

    Peyton (with an E people, with an E) will never toy with an organization like that. He is so methodical and detailed in everything he does, he has a master plan and he is sticking to it. He'll play until his late 30s or 40 max and step away a football god making sure the Colts have someone worthy to try to step in for him. He's signed on for way too long and we've been as good to him as he's been to us. While Favre has had a similar devotion with his team/fans... he's gone about his business in a more 'in the moment' way as he has his whole career, which makes Favre the likable QB he is, but in this situation he could have handled it much more professionally.
  • personally, i'd put duncan ahead of all ... he's the epitome of a team player!!
  • I would say Peyton would NEVER leave Indy. Then I remember how the Manning possee orchestrated Eli's flight from San Diego to New York. Calculated, yet self-serving. Hmmm.
  • IF anyone it would be Jetter as for Payton NO!!! Marvin YES!!!!
  • If Peyton ever leaves Indy he will play for his home town Saints.

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