March 7 -- Colts cut Manning
The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis came to a rather inglorious end on March 7, when team owner Jim Irsay announced at a press conference that the team would release the iconic -- and still injured -- quarterback rather than pay him a $28 million roster bonus due on March 8. A teary-eyed Manning choked up while reflecting on his 14 years in Indianapolis and confirmed that he'll try to play next year, saying that he's not yet ready to retire. One thing that will be retired: Manning's No. 18 jersey. Irsay said that no Colts player will ever wear the four-time MVP's number again.