(INDIANAPOLIS) — Keep it in house! That’s the message Colts owner Jim Irsay is sending to Peyton Manning, after the 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback voiced his displeasure to the Indianapolis Star over the major overhaul the team has undertaken after finishing the season 2-14.
Gone are longtime vice chairman Bill Polian, general manager Chris Polian, head coach Jim Caldwell and most of the assistant coaches. Manning could be the next one to go, as he’s owed a $28 million roster bonus by March 8th. If the Colts do decide to say goodbye, Manning would become an unrestricted free agent.
“I don’t think it’s in the good interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light,” Irsay said.
Manning has spent his entire 14-year-career in Indianapolis, leading the Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl 41.
“The horseshoe always comes first, and I think one thing that he’s always known, because he’s been around it so long, is that you keep it in the family,” Irsay said. “If you’ve got a problem, you talk to each other. It’s not about campaigning or anything like that.”
Manning told the Indianapolis Star that the mood at team headquarters is not the best with employees on edge due to the major changes the team has made.
The Colts own the overall number-one pick in April’s NFL draft and are expected to select highly touted Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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