Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/11/14
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At the end of the day, the decision was by the Indianapolis Colts to cut Peyton Manning was primarily a financial one, with the franchise not willing to pay the superstar quarterback the 28 million dollars they would have owed him had they kept him past tomorrow, March 8, 2012. That and the fact that they would have taken a huge salary cap hit made this a fairly easy call by the Colts' brass. Reading between the lines, the whole situation could have been handled better by owner Jim Irsay and Indianapolis management. It had been widely rumored for quite some time that Irsay was not going to honor the contract of Manning, 35, the franchise's all-time leading passer and MVP of Super Bowl XLI. Manning had missed the entire 2011 season following a series of neck surgeries, and, despite reports that the future Hall of Famer had been making significant recovery during the 2012 offseason, it was assumed that Indianapolis would select Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the first pick in...
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