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Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:01 pm

The NFL is a nasty business. There is no such thing as loyalty -- on either side.

I hate the word.

It doesn't apply.

See: Peyton Manning.

It doesn't matter what you have done, what stadiums you helped built, what Super Bowls you brought to a sleepy little city, if you're breaking down and the price is too high, you are expendable.

The Indianapolis Colts are parting ways Wednesday with Manning, a decision helped along by a $28-million roster bonus he is due and the uncertainty about his health after suffering a neck injury. 

Even so, it should be a message to the rest of the NFL players that there is no loyalty. If Peyton Manning can go, so can you.

Get what you can when you can. There is a "me" in team.


Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2012 12:58 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Exactly. Which is why it's hard to give a damn about about the players, and in some cases the team.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:57 pm

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL. are misinformed.

Brett Farve wanted to retire..and GB asked him to return.  So he came back.  Then GB wanted him out so he was mulling they wanted to pay him around 20 million to not return to football.  When he didn't agree...they decided to sit him and refused to trade him; so no one could have him.  Then they traded him to Jets (who were awful) and forced the Jets to give up a 1st round pick if they traded Farve...ensuring they wouldn't.  Sounds to me; GB were complete jerks in this matter.  That isn't business...that is sick.  That is like Belicheak who cuts a kid the night before the Superbowl.  Some owners/coaches are just jerks; period.

Irsay said it wasn't about the money.  If you think that was truthful, you are seriously naive.  Then he claims that Peyton isn't cleared by his doctors and can't throw...well apparently he can.  Irsay was taking shots at Peyton for quite sometime.  And you can't think that made the Colts or Irsay look positive.

I feel for the Colt fans.  Glad Peyton will go to team that a) wants him and b) has a good organization, coaching, and team where he can win    I'll be okay if Irsay doesn't make a dime the next 10 years.  LOL  Then we'll see that it wasn't about the money...cause he just ruined a franchise by "taking it over".  Just a matter of time...look at Jerry Jones.  LOL  Whenever owners want to make decisions...they blow it.  And Irsay is well on his way.

I'd laugh if Luck thank you to Colts.  That would be priceless.  But I doubt he instead I just feel bad for him having to play in Peyton's shadow with little support; esp o-line.  Let's hope this kid can take some hits....

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:07 pm

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

And yet Baltimore had no problem stealing the Browns from Cleveland.  Give it a rest already.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:06 pm

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

whoosh, you are completely offbase.  First of all, the Favre situation is COMPLETELY different than the Manning situation.  The fact that you are taking a stand for Favre proves just how uneducated you are on the issues.  Favre held the Packers organization hostage for years with his back and forth antics.  He couldn't make up his mind about retirement so Green Bay made the choice for him.  It just so happens it was the RIGHT choice.  Favre, while one of the greats, doesn't get an automatic pass over that.  He pissed a lot of Green Bay fans off over the drama he caused.  Get educated before making a stupid statement.

Next, how is Irsay classless?  He didn't lie to anyone.  He wanted to Peyton to be locked up as a Colt forever.  Circumstances changed.  he never lied to the fans or the media about his decision.  He said he wanted Peyton to remain a Colt if it could be worked out that way.  Clearly, it couldn't be worked out.  Whether that was on Irsay or on Manning is a moot point.  Both of them handled the situation as best they could and the two of them just had a very classy press conference saying goodbye to Manning.  The bottom line here is that Irsay couldn't justify paying Manning $28 million dollars sight unseen.  There's no guarantee that Manning is going to be able to play at a high level ever again.  There's no guarantee that he'll be able to play at all.  Why would Irsay drop $28 million, which is top dollar for a QB, when he didn't know what he was getting in return?  As a business man, you just don't do it.  Too much risk in involved.  Also, Irsay is staring at the Number 1 pick in this year's draft.  With Luck he's got a great chance of rebuilding and having continued success in the future.  Hmmm...not a difficult choice if you're a business man.  It's a tough choice only because of the emotional attachment involved but in the end it is the right choice.  Why, you ask, did Irsay not release Manning before?  Have you not been paying attention?  Clearly you haven't been.  Irsay has been trying to work out a deal where Manning could remain a Colt BUT it had to make fiscal sense for both sides.  The Colts are up against it in cap space and were already looking at having to make other roster moves to make room for their draft picks.  Manning now has a golden opportunity to go wherever he likes and resume his football career.  I wish him nothing the best and I will follow him wherever he goes.  However, I will not cease being a Colts fan.  I think Luck is going to do great things for the franchise once they can get it completely rebuilt.

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:56 pm
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Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:05 pm

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

If it truly was just about business, why didn't Irsay let Peyton go a long time ago?  Why didn't he say; it is about the money as this is a business and we need to move in a new direction.  Why?  Because he knew the backlash he'd get from fans of Peyton.  So he lied...and now he has been caught in his lies (not about the money, Peyton can't throw, etc..etc..).  How he handled this doesn't help the Colts.  If I were Luck, I might be concerned about joining an organization that handled the situation this way...that fired everyone and decided he is going to run things on his own.  Imagine the players that want out right now?  How many want in?

You may save $28 million this year...but I can bet that you'll lose that $28 million for being an idiot.  It may take a couple years...but you will.  And I'll sit back smiling.  Petyon had you division winners how many years?  Playoffs how many years?  Superbowl?  Indy representing Superbowl?  Do you have any idea how much money that is?  That doesn't even include sales of merchandise and tickets; etc...etc..  Years Peyton played with an average o-line and average D (and I'm being generous).

Business is fine...but be upfront and honest about it.  Don't act like a jerk.  Be classy like Peyton.  Don't try to put Peyton down to make you look good.  Didn't he know Peyton is a class act.

And I'm sure if you looked at what Peyton did for the Colts and the money Irsay will rake in; that $28 million wasn't a big deal.  In fact, the teaching Peyton could have done for Luck would have made that $28 million look like an intelligent investment.  But that would conclude that Irsay is an intelligent owner...and obviously that isn't true.

I do not mind that Irsay wants to let Peyton go.  I mind how he went about it.  Just like GB...I didn't mind that they let Brett go, I minded how they went about it.  Making him sit, refusing to trade him, trying to buy him out of football....those are all pathetic antics.

When a guy gives his career and his class act to a team; they can at the very least, return the favor.  Esp a guy of Peyton or Favre's caliber.  Show him the door..but be honest about it and allow the guy to play for someone else.  Thank him for what he has done for the organization and say goodbye with class.

That isn't asking much.

So the next time a player isn't loyal, in any sport, realize it is a business.  At least when the players leave...they show respect.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:43 pm

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

These athletes price themselves out of town.

If Peyton Manning doesn't backend his contract with this insane bonus, he would be shown some loyalty.

It would be irresponsible for the Colts to give him 28 mil and it was irresposnible of both to place it in the contract. 

If athletes were compensated like normal men, rather than otherworldly gods, guys like Manning would not have to be run out of town.

i like Manning, but the guy is old, hurt and placed himself in jeopardy when he signed the deal.

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:07 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

oh don't give me this "no loyalty," garbage again.  UMMMM, news flash, if I could save $28 million I would too - I don't care who you are, and in this case we are talking about a player whose career may be over.  It's sports, players come and go, big deal.  Would you rather keep someone and suck for several years or have cap issues?  How are the fans going to respond when a team is crappy, or you can't sign a free agent because of the $28 million you spent on a hurt player that may or may not play again.   It's business, life goes on, and this "loyalty" garbage needs to be thrown out in the trash.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:01 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

I beg a differ on "stole the Colts away during the night" comment. No one "steals" his OWN team. Period! Baltimore, if history serves me correctly, tried to "take" the team from Irsay by eminent domain, which is against the law. They didn't want to build a new stadium to replace a stadium that was falling apart and wanted to focus more attention on the baseball team than the Colts. The best thing that happen to the Colts was to move to Indy and build upon the legecy the the team had built, not what the city itself couldn't keep intact! No one is still crying over the Brooklyn Dodgers leaving to go to LA, so people need to let this whole thing about the Colts leaving Baltimore go! It's old and people need to get over it!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:51 am

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

Excellent decision, although unpopular.  There is no garuntee that this guy will ever play another down again, let alone be even half the player he used to be if he does come back.  Way too big a gamble to build your franchise's future around.  There is no garuntee that Manning isn't going to "JeMarcus" whatever team rolls the dice on getting him.  That said, he might be just as legendary when he comes back and it will be good luck to whoever gambles on that outcome, but I wouldn't bet my franchise's future on it.

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