Despite rumors to the contrary, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and quarterback Peyton Manning both agree that there have been no discussions on pushing back Manning’s March 8th option bonus, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
Manning is owed at $28 million payment on March 8, which will be difficult for the Colts to justify if his ability to play next season is still uncertain.
Irsay has said he will make decision on Manning, and that he will never trade Manning, suggesting that if Manning is healthy he will be in a Colt uniform next season. Manning certainly wants to continue playing, and the Colts owe him a fair chance to come back from the injury, particularly after setting the NFL record for most consecutive games played prior to this injury.
Irsay has also said that he will let the Colts’ new general manager make the decision regarding coach Jim Caldwell.