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Finances sealed Manning's fate

Keeping veteran QB and drafting Luck would have cost Indy $51 million for 2012

Originally Published: March 6, 2012
By Andrew Brandt | ESPN.com

The dye is now cast. It would have been a dramatic upset if Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay exercised the option to extend Peyton Manning's contract for four more years by Thursday's deadline. All the signs pointed toward a separation; now the marriage between the Colts and Manning appears to have ended.

The contract

Like most decisions in sports, the reason for this one comes down to money. Beyond the back and forth about Manning's neck condition, this decision was ultimately ...

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