Report: Manning, Colts to part ways

March 7, 2012 12:00 am
  • Peyton Manning turns 36 later this month.
    Peyton Manning turns 36 later this month.
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The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis is expected to end today, according to a report.

Citing anonymous sources, ESPN reported Tuesday that the Colts plan to hold a news conference to announce the long-expected decision. Manning is expected to attend.

Team spokesman Avis Roper said he could not confirm the decision or the news conference because team owner Jim Irsay was unreachable.

Manning turns 36 later this month, and missed the entire 2011 season after a third neck surgery. Before that, he'd never missed a game in his 13 NFL seasons.

He is owed a $28 million roster bonus Thursday, and with the Colts holding the top draft pick, they apparently have decided it was too risky and pricey to keep the four-time league MVP.

Manning led the Colts to the 2006 NFL title, and in '09 he brought the Colts to the cusp of history with a 14-0 start.

It's been bad news ever since. The Colts pulled their starters against the New York Jets and lost the final two games that season. Indianapolis then wound up losing to New Orleans in the Super Bowl. During the offseason, Manning had the first of his neck surgeries.


Arian Foster has signed a five-year, $43.5 million deal to stay in Houston. An undrafted free agent in 2009, Foster made $525,000 last season. He was the NFL's leading rusher in '10 with 1,616 yards. He then ran for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He was due to become a restricted free agent next week, but his agent, Mike McCartney, said that Foster was eager to work out a deal with the Texans. He'll make $18 million in base salary next season, plus incentives.


New Orleans held a workout with veteran receiver Randy Moss, who is trying to make a comeback after spending a year out of pro football. General manager Mickey Loomis confirmed the workout took place, but did not provide any details on how the 35-year-old Moss performed.


San Francisco has signed safety C.J. Spillman to a three-year contract extension through the 2014 season, another move to keep the secondary intact for the reigning NFC West champions. Spillman has become a reliable tackler on special teams since the 49ers claimed him off waivers. Spillman's deal is worth a reported $6 million.


The Kansas City Chiefs released veteran linebacker Demorrio Williams, saving the franchise about $2 million in salary cap space before the start of free agency. ... Free safety Thomas DeCoud plans to sign a new contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

First Published 2012-03-06 23:05:32

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