Indianapolis Colts make heartbreaking but necessary decision to release Peyton Manning

Nobody — nobody — wanted it to end this way.

Not you or me. Not Indianapolis Colts fans, who are sure to be divided — many of them irate — about the franchise’s decision to part ways with Peyton Manning. Not Manning himself. Not owner Jim Irsay, who undoubtedly will be the recipient of the aforementioned fan ire. Not Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz, who was among the first (if not the first) to opine that parting ways with Manning was the only decision that made sense for the franchise and subsequently became an easy target for angry Colts fans as someone who was running the four-time MVP out of town.

Nobody wanted it to end this way.

But it must.

With the official announcement — a joint one — that the Colts will release Manning after 14 seasons with the club coming at noon today, the news we’ve been expecting really hits home. And it hits home hard — for many reasons. But as heartbreaking as it might be to see the departure of someone who essentially put football on the map in Indiana, there was just no way around it.

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Indianapolis Colts-Washington Redskins Preseason Primer

The Indianapolis Colts will defend their home turf for the first time this season.

Well, sort of.

That’s really to say the team will get to see if the young players it’s counting on in 2011 are up to defending the home turf when the games matter as the Colts welcome the Washington Redskins to Lucas Oil Stadium in preseason action at 8 p.m.

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What a Turn of Events for Indianapolis Colts

The only post-NFL lockout hangup for the Indianapolis Colts seemed to be signing quarterback Peyton Manning to that record deal owner Jim Irsay promised him before the league shut down.

Now the 132-day work stoppage is over, and Manning’s new contract didn’t break any records on the whole — at his request.

Manning and the Colts agreed to terms Saturday on a five-year, $90 million deal that averages out the same as the contract of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. And Indy is already benefiting.

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Addressing Indianapolis Colts Concerns in 2011 Offseason

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Now that I have established my position on the Jim Caldwell issue, it’s time to look at what the Colts should address this coming offseason.

Obviously, the personnel decisions begin with quarterback Peyton Manning, whose $98 million contract is due to expire. Colts owner Jim Irsay has repeatedly expressed his desire to make Manning a Colt for life and the league’s highest-paid player.

That ultimately will happen.

By Drew Allen

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Indianapolis Colts win NFL week 15 Offensive Line Award

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Anchored behind the powerful protection of their offensive line, the Indianapolis Colts played one of their most complete games of the season, jumping out to an early lead and holding off a late Jacksonville rally for a 34-24 victory Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Colts now join the list of this year’s contenders for the 2nd annual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC. The award honors the NFL’s best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLV which will be played on February 6, 2011 in North Texas.

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