Found February 14, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:
According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, Colts owner Jim Irsay has indicated that it’s up to Peyton Manning on whether or not he wants to comeback and play for the Colts next season. The catch is that Irsay is only willing to keep Manning if he agrees to a lower salary that’ll be more salary cap friendly. “We can make it work if he wants to be here,’’ Irsay said. “We’d be excited to have him back and finish his career with us. “I want him to be able to make the choice. We would love to have him back here if he can get healthy and we can look at doing a contract that reflects the uncertainty of the . . . healing process with the regeneration of the nerve.’’ Manning and Irsay are expected to meet within the next week to discuss his future with the Colts and it’s now obvious that he doesn’t plan on paying him the $28 million bonus he’s due in March. In the end, the decision on whether Manning will stay in Indianapolis or not, will fall on him. “There’s no question it can be worked out if he wants to be here,’’ said Irsay, who’s concerns about Manning’s long-term health. “It can work if he wants to come back and can get back to being the old Peyton.’’
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