THE COLTS TRIED TO TRADE MANNING
March 1, 2013Eastern Indiana Sports
The Indianpolis Star is reporting The Indianapolis Colts wanted to trade their franchise quarterback Peyton Manning in 2004, while the team was still competing for playoff spots and Super Bowl championships.
Jim Irsay says Bill Polian was “at wit’s end” as he tried to sign Manning to a new contract, when the subject of trading Manning was brought up. The Colts eventually signed Manning to a $99.2 million contract with $34.5 million guaranteed and the team won the Super Bowl two seasons later.
Here was the discussion:
Polian said, “We need to trade Peyton; we can get a bunch of defensive players and become like Tampa Bay or Baltimore.” Irsay said no. “Understand something, Bill, we are not trading Peyton Manning, period,’’ Irsay recalled telling the former team president.
Manning won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award in 2004 after throwing for 4,557 yards and a then-NFL record 49 touchdowns. The Colts ended up releasing Manning last March and he went on to sign with the Denver Broncos.