He has never missed a start until this season. In 13 seasons, he has broken all the franchise’s career records for quarterbacks. He’s taken Indy to the playoffs 11 times, captured seven AFC South titles in eight years, won two AFC championships, one Super Bowl title and a Super Bowl MVP Award.
Now he is out for the season with a neck injury. That’s one expensive injury for the Colts. The Colts are now 0-5, which is new territory for a team that usually performs so well. But as they say in football, “who cares what happened last season, look at how crappy they are doing right now!”
When team owner Jim Irsay announced in February that they would be putting the tag on Manning, I’m sure most people thought it was a good deal, especially Manning himself. He was due to receive at least $23 million dollars under the current franchise tag formula, which requires a team to give the tagged player the average of the top 5 salaries in that position or 120% of his former salary, whichever is greater. Now he is guaranteed a huge sum of money to just nurse a bad neck.
Maybe NFL teams will think twice next time they decide to tag an older player. Yes, he has been incredible for the team, but at what point do the owners start taking age into consideration? This sport is very physically demanding, which is why most players don’t make it past early to mid 30′s. Manning is 35.
As of right now, he will be on the sidelines cradling his 5-year, $90 million contract like a pretty little (multi-million dollar) baby. I wonder if they have any other openings on the sideline. Hey Colts, I’d take way less!