Peyton Manning Cut from Colts is Now Most Sought After Free Agent in NFL History

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – In an emotional news conference Wednesday afternoon, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announced that his team will release Peyton Manning. Irsay made the decision to part ways with the  NFL icon feeling that he made the right call.

This is by no means retirement for Manning. Instead he has now become one of the most sought after free agents in NFL history.

ESPN reports:

Manning was in attendance at the news conference to announce the end of the quarterback’s 14-year tenure in Indianapolis. Both Irsay and Manning became emotional as they made their statements and both men said money wasn’t a factor in Manning’s exit from the team.

“I have been a member of the Colts nearly my whole adult life, but nothing lasts forever…”

“I do love it here,” Manning said, holding back tears. “I love the fans and I will always enjoy having played for such a great team.”

Peyton was drafted first overall by the Colts in 1998 and led the Colts to a 29–17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. He was also voted Super Bowl MVP.

Manning, who turns 36 on March 24,  is expected to be pursued by the Dolphins, Jets, Redskins, Seahawks, Cardinals and Chiefs and possibly the 49ers, Cowboys and Jaguars.

Teams will be free to sign Manning as soon as he is released. He does not need to wait until the start of unrestricted free agency next Tuesday to sign with another club.

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