Just how certain are the Indianapolis Colts that quarterback Peyton Manning doesn't figure in their future plans? So certain in fact, that the organization decided weeks ago that they would move forward without the future Hall of Famer as their signal-caller, according to a circulating report.
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Manning and owner Jim Irsay issued a joint statement yesterday that insisted both sides were on the same page. This coming after Irsay described Manning as a "politician" on Thursday. Earlier in the week, in an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Manning shared his thoughts on the Colts various departures over the past few weeks, and how the mood around the team's complex had changed.
Manning is owed a $28 million roster bonus this offseason after missing all of 2011 due to neck surgery.
LaCanfora reports that Indianapolis will make a move on Manning "almost certainly" before the start of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
The team is expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the top overall pick in the draft.