ESPN’s John Clayton reports that some members within the Colts organization still have concerns about the nerves in neck. More specifically, Manning has dealt with some numbness and atrophy in the last few months which is a sign that he’s going to require more rehabilitation time before he can begin throwing the ball with the same velocity that he had in years past.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star doesn’t see Manning returning to the Colts next season even with today’s news.
Obviously, this is great news for him and a number of NFL teams that are in need of help at the quarterback position. It will be interesting to see if the Colts even consider picking up his $28 million option even though they’re expected to release him.
At this point, it seems as though Manning is ready to move on and find a different team to finish his career with. We’ll have more as the news becomes available.