Peyton Manning watches from the sidelines in a game against the Tennessee Titans. (Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE)

Peyton Out, Luck In For Colts

I don’t care what the weather man says. It’s a cloudy, dark day in Indianapolis today.

The Indianapolis Colts have decided to release longtime Super Bowl winning quarterback Peyton Manning into the abyss of the NFL market. The Colts will hold a press conference at noon EST today to formally announce their decision.

In what is sure to be an emotional day in Naptown, there are already reports on teams willing to take the risk sign 36-year-old Manning.

The Seattle Seahawks have the money to spend and they are in need of a stable quarterback. They are reportedly interested in signing this year’s biggest free agent prize and could easily make it happen because Paul Allen is the richest owner in the league ($13.5 billion).

Even though the New York Jets have Mark Sanchez, they are also peaking over the fence and giving him a look.

Publicly, the Jets have professed their faith in Sanchez, but they also haven’t shut the door on Manning, fueling speculation about potential interest in the four-time league MVP.

Sources say the Jets’ 2012 blueprint is built around Sanchez and, until recently, they hadn’t even plotted a salary-cap contingency for Manning. It would take a dramatic organizational shift to abandon Sanchez, sources said, but the Jets have been known to make impulsive decisions. – Rich Cimini (ESPN New York) 

I don’t care where Manning goes as long as he stays out of the AFC West.

Indianapolis won’t be dark for too long since the team owns the first pick in the draft and will more than likely sign QB Andrew Luck out of Stanford.

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