Irsay Says Colts Want Peyton Manning Back in 2012

The biggest NFL question this offseason has already been pondered over and over, and that’s where Peyton Manning is going to play (provided he does) in 2012.

Many feel there’s NO WAY the Colts and Manning came come to an agreement on how to deal with his mega $28 $28 million option bonus that’s due to come his way on March 1st – leading to his eventual release.

Colts owner Jim Irsay chatted about Manning on Valentine’s Day to the Indy Star, and says he wants his all-time franchise QB to come back.

“We can make it work if he wants to be here,’’ Irsay said today. “We’d be excited to have him back and finish his career with us.

“I want him to be able to make the choice. We would love to have him back here if he can get healthy and we can look at doing a contract that reflects the uncertainty of the . . . healing process with the regeneration of the nerve.’’

So basically Irsay is saying if Manning is willing to re-do his deal, he can stay. If he doesn’t – see ya.

The story says that Irsay expects to meet with Manning within the next week to talk about his career and future.

Manning is due a $28 million option bonus by March 8 that activates the final four years of the five-year, $90 million contract he signed in July. If Irsay does not pay the bonus, the NFL’s only four-time MVP becomes an unrestricted free agent.

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