Even the Indianapolis Colts don’t have all the answers on Peyton Manning. Or Andrew Luck, for that matter.
New general manager Ryan Grigson said the Colts have not decided whether to release the four-time league MVP, whether to renegotiate with him or whether to take Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft.
Instead, things in Indianapolis are about as uncertain as the status of Manning’s right arm.
“Peyton has to be healthy, it has to be something that’s spoken on, investigated and talked about,” Grigson said Thursday at the scouting combine. “But right now, like I said, it’s a process that we’re waiting for things to happen and doing the things that we have control of. Things that we don’t have control of, we just have no choice but to be patient and (perhaps) all you will be the same.”
The constant questions have complicated Indy’s decisions.
PANTHERS: Coach Ron Rivera says Jeremy Shockey has considered retiring and that is news to Carolina’s general manager.
Marty Hurney says, “We’ve gotten no indication that Jeremy’s considering retirement at this point,” adding that, “it’s ultimately a question for Jeremy but all indications we are getting is that he wants to play.”
Shockey, an unrestricted free agent, signed a one-year, $4 million in 2011.
PACKERS: Jermichael Finley is remaining with Green Bay, signing a new contract with the Packers.
The tight end was set to become a free agent before re-signing. Packers general manager Ted Thompson, who drafted Finley in the third round in 2008, announced the move.
COURTS: The family of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL, claiming the league didn’t do enough to prevent or treat the concussions that severely damaged his brain before he killed himself last year.
The suit was filed in Chicago on behalf of Duerson’s son, Tregg, and three other children.
Duerson died on Feb. 17, 2011, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at his home in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
The lawsuit accuses the NFL of negligently causing the brain damage that led Duerson to take his own life at the age of 50 by not warning him of the negative effects of concussions.