The end finally came, as Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts announced one of the worst-held secrets in the NFL on Wednesday. At a press conference with Colts owner Jim Irsay, it was announced that Manning will be released and be a free agent for the first time in his career.
Manning and Irsay both got choked up during the press conference and Manning sent a very heartfelt "Thank you" to the fans in Indianapolis. As the radio commentator said right afterwards, it's clear Manning won the PR battle from this moment.
The question that everyone will start asking is, "Where will Manning go?" Jerome Solomon already brought that up over at the Houston Chronicle with some compelling arguments why the hometown Texans should ditch Matt Schaub for Manning.
Of course, Chron.com beat writer John McClain is convinced this won't happen. I'd lean toward the side of Manning being an upgrade if the Texans can work it out under the salary cap. Maybe a one-year make good contract with a chance for an extension if he's healthy? I'm sure everyone will be wondering where Manning will go next. Just not sure Houston should be crossed off just yet.