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Irsay, Manning claim 'no hard feelings'

Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay say there are no hard feelings between them.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has been at odds in the media with Colts owner Jim Isray this past week. The two issues a joint statement Friday saying there are 'no hard feelings between them'. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press)

Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay say there are no hard feelings between them.   

The two issued a joint statement, saying they've had a great relationship based on respect and trust since 1998. They said they had a long talk Friday after a week of comments that suggested a rift had developed.   

Manning went public this week with his frustration over the firings of coach Jim Caldwell and others after the Colts' 2-14 season. And Irsay on Thursday called Manning a "politician" who shouldn't have aired the dirty laundry.   

The two say they are committed to maintaining their close relationship and working through any challenges. The Colts must decide by March 8 whether to pay Manning a $28 million US bonus or risk losing him to free agency.