Colts have no interest in S Manning yet

INDIANAPOLIS -- The question was going to come up the moment the Houston Texans released safety Danieal Manning on Monday.

Do the Indianapolis Colts have any interest in Manning?

That's a legitimate question considering the Colts lost Antoine Bethea to San Francisco three weeks ago and don't have a clear-cut starter there yet.

But the answer is no, the Colts do not have any interest in Manning.

Not yet at least.

Things could change if Manning remains on the free-agent market for a while, but his price tag is too high at the moment. Manning was scheduled to make around $4.5 million with the Texans and he may be looking for a deal around that same price range. The 31-year-old reportedly is meeting Tuesday with the Cincinnati Bengals and Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Manning played in only six games last season because of a knee injury after playing at least 13 in his first seven seasons, including all 16 games four times.

During the NFL owners meetings last week, Colts coach Chuck Pagano talked about safeties Delano Howell and Sergio Brown on the roster as possible replacements for Bethea and that they will look at selecting one in the draft May 8-10.

The Colts have about $13.4 million in salary-cap space remaining if they do decide to make a run at a free-agent safety.