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Report: Manning would take an incentive-laden contract

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Not even the premier event in the sports of football could escape the web of speculation that is the most famous neck in the history of the NFL.

Before Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, ESPN reported through sources that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning would be willing to accept an incentive-laden contract to play again in the NFL. This comes after a number of months of recovery from a pair of neck surgeries in 2011.

According to Adam Schefter, an NFL writer for the sports network, a source informed him that Manning would accept a contract in which he would have to hit performance goals in order to be paid.

As of now, Manning would be due a 28-million dollar roster bonus on March 8th if the Colts decide to pick up his contract option. Should the Colts decline, Manning will become a free agent.

Its expected that Manning will talk with owner Jim Irsay this week formally about what to do with his contract. That will come after two weeks of back-and-forth talk in the media that's involved everything from the atmosphere at the Colts complex to his medical clearance.

The speculation has been so rampant, that even former Colts head coach Tony Dungy believes that Manning's career in Indianapolis might be over.

On the Super Bowl XLVI pre-game show on NBC, Dungy said that he now believes that Manning might end up playing somewhere else.

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