Peyton wasn't the only one: The Colts cut 5 more
In addition to Manning, the Colts just released Dallas Clark, Melvin Bullitt, Curtis Painter, Gary Brackett and Joseph Addai. Add that to free agent WR Reggie Wayne, and it looks like we'll be seeing a dramatically different Colts team next year.
It's probably not a bad thing, since they were the worst team in the NFL, and one of the worst teams I've seen in a long time, but it's a bit of a surprise to see all of these guys let loose in one fell swoop.
Some might have a hard time landing new jobs, like Painter, who was terrible last year as Manning's replacement. Others, like Dallas Clark, might find a landing spot despite getting up there in terms of age.
The Colts are in full rebuilding mode now, and that has been made clear with the release of Manning and the rest of these guys. It's Luck or Bust time, and now they have a lot of flexibility, if nothing else.
Owner Jim Irsay definitely has a plan in place for the Colts, and it's going to involve at least one or two more seasons of losing a lot of games, from the looks of it. Not that any of these guys were All-Pros, but when you clean house like this, prepare for a few seasons of mediocrity. Or, in the Colts' case, MORE mediocrity.
Hopefully Andrew Luck is as good as they think he'll be, or this could be a seriously dysfunctional franchise for a long time.