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Reaction from around the AFC South

7/25/2011

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning:

"My objectives were two-fold when joining the group of named plaintiffs in the labor-related lawsuit. First, to show unified strength on behalf of benefitting all players; second, to see a resolution that recognizes the interests of players and management. I believe both objectives have been achieved. As a fan of the game, I'm pleased the two sides have reached a deal and, as a professional, I want to get back to work."

Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt:

“We have crafted a plan for our roster and now we will implement that plan. There are a number of our own players that we would like to have return and we have targeted certain players in the veteran free agent market. This will be an unusual time and the roster will be evolving throughout the preseason, but I am confident that it will be where we want it by the time we start the regular season.”

Titans coach Mike Munchak:

“This has been a long offseason and we have taken advantage of that as a staff. We are really excited that there is a labor resolution and now we can get the team together to starting building something special. I have been in the players’ shoes and I know they are eager to get started; and I look forward to being able to interact with them again. I want to thank the fans for their patience. I have been as anxious as they have been to get going and now we get that chance. We are going to put together a team that will make them proud.”

And some tweets from around the division:

Texans receiver Andre Johnson (@johnson80): “Time to go back to work. Excited I get to play the game that I love. See u soon H Town”

Colts receiver Pierre Garcon (@PierreGarcon85): “Who wants to go to work with me tomorrow? :)”

Colts defensive end Robert Mathis (@RobertMathis98): “Thank you to a our team leader Jeff Saturday&the rest of the player reps for their tireless efforts&sacrifice from their fam for this cause.”

Colts offensive linemen Jacques McClendon (@jmcc65): “Big shout out to the all the fans that were patient through this process!”

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (@Jones_Drew32): “Finally its time for America's team to get back in action... Watch out world here we come!!! Go JAGS!!!!!!”

Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (@PotRoast96): “Thank you Demaurice Smith and all the nflpa reps for each team, for making it easy for us young guys for the next ten years.”

UPDATE. 4:21 p.m. ET:

Colts owner Jim Irsay, who will participate in a conference call with media later this afternoon, also issued a comment:

“We are delighted the collective bargaining process has now resulted in a long-term resolution that is fair to all concerned. We are also grateful to all the dedicated individuals, on both sides of the table, who devoted tremendous effort to reaching this resolution. We now eagerly look forward to focusing all our energy and efforts on the 2011 NFL season, which will culminate with Super Bowl XLVI, proudly hosted by the city of Indianapolis.”