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Irsay Says Decision on Manning Won’t Come Till Early March

Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday that a decision on Peyton Manning’s future with the team will likely not be made until March, according to ESPN.com.

“People assume that the people know what they’re going to do and just aren’t telling us,” Irsay told NFL Network. “Often times, you don’t know, and take as much time to be thoughtful and make the decision at the last possible moment you can. It’s not true that any decision has been made. I wouldn’t say it’s a certainty that it will go one way or another.”

Irsay added that it is possible that the two sides could negotiate a deal to delay the $28 million option bonus that Manning is due March 8. “Anything is possible if two parties get together and agree,” Irsay said, according to ESPN.

“There’s so much uncertainty in this thing,” Irsay told NFL Network on Wednesday. “The thing that gets overlooked in situations like this, is that there’s never been an NFL quarterback that has had this type of injury. It’s never happened before. When our doctors talk to other doctors, even throughout the world, the reference points just aren’t there. This will be a case study, if it ever happens again, because it’s so rare that you have this situation.

“You try to work through the uncertainty, but that’s been the tough part about this.”

Irsay also said that while money is not an issue, he doesn’t want to make a decision that will hamstring the team’s salary cap in future years.

“If it helps us win, I’ll pay it in a second. But when it comes to salary cap … we have real cap problems,” Irsay told NFL Network. “You can’t make a decision that straps you for the next three seasons.

“If we make a decision based on just affection, and we have cap problems for three years, the fans will call me an idiot.”


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