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Manning admits future with Colts uncertain

Peyton Manning still intends to play football.

He's also no fan of the Colts' big offseason overhaul that included the firing of coach Jim Caldwell and other executives.

In an interview that appeared Tuesday in the Indianapolis Star, Manning touched on everything from his future plans to the difficulty he's had coping with all the changes.

"It's 20 degrees, it's snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices," Manning said. "I guess it's the reality of the football world, just not something I've had to deal with very often. But I'm in there every day, so I have to sit there and see it. Everybody's being evaluated and I'm no different. It's not the best environment.

"It's unfortunate because so many of them have been such a big part of so many big wins here, and this is so sudden," Manning added. "Their keys didn't work the next day. There's no other way to do it? I don't know. That's hard to see, all these people leaving. And I may be behind them. Who knows?"

One thing Manning does know is that last week's discussion about his "impending" departure from football was premature.

He poked fun at the frenzy surrounding a Twitter post from actor Rob Lowe, who wrote Manning was expected to announce his retirement last week. Manning said the whole thing caught him off-guard.

"I never thought 'Sodapop Curtis' would announce my retirement," he said, referring to Lowe's character in the 1983 movie "The Outsiders." "I always thought I would be the one to announce it."

The biggest questions, of course, are about Manning's health and his future in Indianapolis.

While Manning would not say where he is in his recovery or how close he is to being 100 percent 4 1/2 months after having his latest neck surgery, he said new General Manger Ryan Grigson inferred the decision about paying Manning a $28 million bonus in March or letting him become a free agent would be made by team owner Jim Irsay.

"I can't give you a prediction because Jim [Irsay] and I will sit down at some point and he'll get a feel for where I am and I'll get a sense of what direction he wants to go."

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Raiders get their man

The Oakland Raiders will hire Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as head coach, according to a report Tuesday on ESPN.

The two sides spent much of the night hammering out an agreement, Adam Schefter reported, and the contract is agreed to in principle but has not been signed, sources said.

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