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Report: Colts to part with Peyton

Peyton Manning has been a star for the Colts since they made him the No. 1 overall pick in 1998.

Associated Press (2011)

Peyton Manning has been a star for the Colts since they made him the No. 1 overall pick in 1998.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis is expected to end today, according to a report.

ESPN reported Tuesday that the Colts plan to hold a news conference to announce the long-expected decision. Manning and team owner Jim Irsay are expected to attend, the network said.

The Colts did not confirm the decision, or that a news conference would be held today. Manning and Irsay returned to Indianapolis together on a plane, and Manning spoke briefly to reporters at the Indianapolis airport Tuesday night. He didn't address questions about his future with the Colts.

"We'll see y'all (today)," Manning said. "We're good. We'll talk (today). We'll do it all right."

Manning would become an unrestricted free agent, free to sign immediately with any team.

The four-time league MVP has said he wanted was to finish his career in a Colts uniform. But an injured neck forced him to miss the 2011 season, months after he signed a five-year, $90 million deal. He has a $28 million bonus payment due Thursday and the Colts own the No. 1 pick in April's draft and are likely to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. So they seem to have deemed it too risky — and too costly — to keep Manning, who turns 36 this month.

Manning has been cleared by doctors, and in 2010 he set a career high with 4,700 passing yards and threw for 33 touchdowns.

The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post reported that the Dolphins were interested in Manning.

Final Bucs staff official

The Bucs officially announced the hiring of Ron Turner as quarterbacks coach and Ben McDaniels as offensive assistant, completing the offensive staff under coach Greg Schiano.

Turner had been interviewed for the offensive coordinator's position. He has 11 seasons in the NFL, is a former offensive coordinator for the Bears and most recently coached quarterbacks and receivers with the Colts. McDaniels, the brother for former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, last worked with Denver as the quarterbacks coach in 2010.

Previous offensive coaches announced were Mike Sullivan (coordinator), Jimmy Raye (senior assistant), Brian Angelichio (tight ends), Bob Bostad (line), Earnest Byner (running backs), P.J. Fleck (wide receivers) and Steve Loney (line assistant).

CHIEFS: The team cut linebacker Demorrio Williams, saving about $2 million in cap space.

FALCONS: Free safety Thomas DeCoud said he plans to sign a new contract. No terms were announced.

49ERS: A judge said the issue of building a stadium cannot go before Santa Clara voters a second time. A group had opposed city officials' approval of $850 million in bank loans. … Safety C.J. Spillman signed a three-year extension through 2014.

OBITUARY: Former 49ers and Giants defensive lineman Roland Lakes died Monday in California, the 49ers said. He was 72.

Report: Colts to part with Peyton 03/06/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:08am]
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