We’ve been saying for weeks that all of the doomsayers who claim the Colts cannot afford to keep Peyton Manning on the roster are wrong. J. I. Halsell notes the simple facts for everyone:
While #Colts can avoid 28M in CASH by term’ing Manning, they’ll only save 1M on their 2012 cap. Current cap# = 17M; will be 16M if released.
— J.I. Halsell (@SalaryCap101) February 1, 2012
Does that mean he’s staying? Nope. That means that the Colts need Manning healthy by March 8, 2012 to keep him and then have some juggling to do with their cap in the years that follow. 2012 isn’t a problem however due to Manning. Dwight Freeney and Dallas Clark have huge cap numbers in 2012.