(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - Peyton Manning says team owner Jim Irsay and not new GM Ryan Grigson will determine his future with the Indianapolis Colts.
That was one of the revelations from the four-time NFL most valuable player in an interview that appeared on the Indianapolis Star's website on Tuesday.
Manning says that he has talked to Grigson once in the halls of the team's headquarters last week and that Grigson told him Irsay would be the one talking to Manning about what happens next.
Manning is owed a $28-million dollar option bonus on March 8th that would activate the final three years of the four-year deal he signed last summer. If the Colts do not pay the option bonus, Manning would become an unrestricted free agent.
Manning also joked about the frenzy created last week when actor Rob Lowe tweeted that Manning was retiring and lamented about the atmosphere at Colts headquarters after several longtime coaches were fired last week.
Manning missed all of the 2011 season after undergoing neck surgery last September. He says he is still not back to full strength and does not know if he will be early March when the decision on the option bonus is due.
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