Manning, Irsay issue kumbaya statement

In one of the oddest emails I have ever opened from an NFL team, the Indianapolis Colts have basically issued a joint statement from owner Jim Irsay and quarterback Peyton Manning in an attempt to quell the spat that has garnered enough media attention to overshadow both the hiring of Chuck Pagano and preparation for the Super Bowl.

Here is what the statement says verbatim:

"We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us. Since 1998, we have enjoyed a great relationship, based upon mutual respect and trust. We have always been able to talk and address matters we’ve faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends. We had a long talk today and we want to assure Colts fans everywhere that we are both committed to maintaining our close relationship and to working together through any challenges the future may bring."

And there you have it. All is well in Indianapolis. Nothing to see here ... until March 8 when Manning is likely released rather than the Colts paying him $28 million.

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