Reports: Colts, Manning about to part ways
end Wednesday, 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
and team owner Jim Irsay are expected to attend, the network said.
Colts spokesman Avis Roper said he could not confirm the decision -- or
that a news conference would be held Wednesday -- because Irsay was out
of town and could not be reached for comment. Neither Irsay nor
Manning's agent, Tom Condon, responded immediately to messages left by
The Associated Press.
Manning has said in the past that all he wanted to do was finish his
career in a Colts uniform, but an injured neck forced him to miss all
of the 2011 season.
"I can't tell you what an honor it is to go start-to-finish with the
same organization here in Indianapolis. That is something I have
always wanted to do as a rookie coming out," Manning said after
signing a five-year, $90 million contract in July. "Of course, you
never know if that is possible, but after yesterday it is official
that I will be an Indianapolis Colt for my entire career. I will not