Peyton Manning met with new Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson last week and was informed that team owner Jim Irsay would make the final decision on the quarterback's future with the franchise, according to the Indianapolis Star.
“One thing he (Grigson) kind-of, sort-of told me, without really wanting to tell me, was that Irsay will be the guy I’m going to sit down and talk with,’’ Manning told the Star in an itnerview. “That’s going to happen at some point, but we haven’t had that conversation yet because we really don’t need to have that conversation yet.’’
Manning also laughed off the strange report of his retirement by actor Rob Lowe.
“I never thought `Sodapop Curtis’ would announce my retirement,’’ Manning said, laughing.’’ “I always thought I would be the one to announce it. I’m a huge fan of the movie, but that caught me way off guard. I can’t explain it. I know he (Lowe) is a friend of Jim’s (Irsay), and Jim sounded surprised.’’ Manning missed the entirety of the 2011 NFL season after undergoing neck surgery. As a result, the Colts went just 2-14 after finishing 2010 with a 10-6 record. It is currently unknown whether the franchise will make the decision to rebuild with, or without Manning.