Sunday, January 29, 2012
Updated: January 30, 10:52 AM ET
Jim Irsay: Peyton Manning still a Colt
ESPN.com news services
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay insists Peyton Manning's future with the team has not been determined, saying in a post to Twitter late Saturday night that the quarterback "hasn't been released nor was a decision reached weeks ago."
Irsay's post was in apparent reaction to a report on NFL Network that said "the organization was planning to move on from Manning weeks ago."
The broadcast report cited sources involved in the Colts' GM search, which concluded early this month with the hiring of Ryan Grigson, the former director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles.
In a confounding span of four days last week for the Colts, Manning went public with his thoughts of an unhealthy atmosphere at team headquarters, Irsay responded, calling the quarterback a "politician," and the Colts then released a joint statement Friday, hoping to quell what it said was a "misperception" regarding Irsay and Manning.
"Since 1998, we have enjoyed a great relationship, based upon mutual respect and trust," the statement said. "We have always been able to talk and address matters we've faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends.
"We had a long talk today and we want to assure Colts fans everywhere that we are both committed to maintaining our close relationship and to working together through any challenges the future may bring."