National Football League (NFL)

10:05am

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

'A Difficult Day': Colts Release Peyton Manning, Making Him A Free Agent

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field after the New York Jets defeated Indianapolis, 17-16, in an NFL AFC wild card game in January.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Saying today was a "difficult day of shared pain," Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, said the team was releasing quarterback Peyton Manning from his contract.

"There will be no other Peyton Manning," he said, before momentarily tearing up. "The number 18 jersey will never be worn again."

Manning has been the centerpiece of the organization for 14 seasons. As Mark explained, yesterday, this was a business decision.

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4:34pm

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Colts Will Release Peyton Manning, Making Him A Free Agent, ESPN Says

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 11:07 am

Peyton Manning.
Rob Carr Getty Images

ESPN is reporting that sources close to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts say the team is going to let star quarterback Peyton Manning become a free agent.

An announcement is due Wednesday, the network adds.

Manning, who has spent his entire 14-year career with the Colts and is a lock to be a hall of famer, "missed the entire 2011 season after having his third neck surgery in 19 months, a fusion of two vertebrae," as ESPN writes.

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9:33am

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Alleged Saints Bounty Program Could Lead To Legal Troubles For NFL

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is the latest to sound off on the unauthorized New Orleans Saints "bounty" program that quietly rewarded players for devastating hits on opponents, including $1,000 payments for hits that forced opponents out of the game.

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2:00am

Tue March 6, 2012

11:20am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Should NFL's Gregg Williams Be Banned, Fined Or Pardoned For Bounties?

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 11:22 am

Gregg Williams, then the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, in August 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Gregg Williams, who has spent time as an assistant or head coach at six NFL teams, is meeting with league investigators today to talk about what he's admitted was "a bounty pool of up to $50,000 over the last three seasons that rewarded players with thousand-dollar payoffs for knocking targeted opponents out of games while he was the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator," The Associated Press reports.

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