Colts Decline Manning's Option, QB a Free Agent

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Colts Decline Manning's Option, QB a Free Agent

March 7, 2012 Updated Mar 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM CST

Indianapolis, IN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Indianapolis Colts officially announced Wednesday they are not picking up the option on quarterback Peyton Mannin's contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The four-time MVP and 11-time Pro Bowler missed the 2011 season following multiple neck surgeries but is prepared to make a return in 2012.

Manning was the first overall pick of the Colts in 1998, and has since guided them to eight division titles and a Super Bowl championship.

The 14-year veteran has set nearly every Indianapolis career passing record, throwing 399 touchdowns during his time with the Colts.

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