Peyton Manning affirmed that despite the personnel changes the Indianapolis Colts have made in the past few months, the longtime quarterback still wants to stay with the team, according to the Indianapolis Star.
"I don't want to get into some kind of fan campaign with the owner, but I think it's well documented that I want to play in the same place my whole career," Manning told the paper. "It's been a privilege to play here. I love the fans, the city, the transformation of the fans, how our place has become the toughest stadium to play in, the fact our fans wear more jerseys to games than anybody else. It's been fun to be a part of that.
"Whatever happens, happens,” Manning continued. “I can't give you a prediction because Jim (Irsay) and I will sit down at some point and he'll get a feel for where I am and I’ll get a sense of what direction he wants to go. Right now, I have no idea."
Manning’s future with the squad has been in doubt after owner Jim Irsay has completely overhauled the team’s front office and coaching staff in recent months. The Colts, who have been one of the most successful teams of the past decade, posted a 2-14 record last season after a neck injury forced Manning to miss the entirety of the campaign.
The Colts currently have the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft and it is widely expected that they will draft quarterback Andrew Luck. A decision has yet to be made about whether Manning, and his heavy salary, will stay with the team as they begin to rebuild. Manning was originally drafted by the Colts in 1998 and had not missed a single game for Indianapolis until this season. In 208 contests he has thrown for 54,828 yards and recorded 399 touchdown passes.