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Manning Speaks Out – Says Irsay will Decide His Future, Not Grigson

Colts QB Peyton Manning gave an exclusive interview with Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star, and he is under the thought that new GM Ryan Grigson will not determine his fate – but it will be determined by owner Jim Irsay.

“One thing he (Grigson) kind-of, sort-of told me, without really wanting to tell me, was that Irsay will be the guy I’m going to sit down and talk with,” Manning said. “That’s going to happen at some point, but we haven’t had that conversation yet because we really don’t need to have that conversation yet.”

Manning is set for a $28 million option bonus which the Colts have between February 7 and March 8 to exercise and kick in the final four years of Manning’s five-year, $90 million contract extension.

“I don’t want to get into some kind of fan campaign with the owner, but I think it’s well documented that I want to play in the same place my whole career,” Manning said. “It’s been a privilege to play here. I love the fans, the city, the transformation of the fans, how our place has become the toughest stadium to play in, the fact our fans wear more jerseys to games than anybody else. It’s been fun to be a part of that.

“But I understand how it works. I understand tough decisions have to be made. There’s personal and there’s business and that’s where we’ve got to separate the two.”

As far as Rob Lowe coming out last week and stating that Manning was going to retire, Manning could only laugh that off in the interview.

“I never thought ‘Sodapop Curtis’ would announce my retirement,” Manning said, laughing, referring to Lowe’s character in the 1983 movie The Outsiders. “I always thought I would be the one to announce it. I’m a huge fan of the movie, but that caught me way off guard. I can’t explain it. I know he (Lowe) is a friend of Jim’s (Irsay), and Jim sounded surprised.”


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