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Report: Colts make Manning prelim contract offer

Posted on: January 23, 2011 2:57 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Lost in all the NFL's offseason concerns is a problem looming for the Colts -- Peyton Manning is a free agent. There's good news on that front, as Indianapolis has reportedly extended the first offer to Manning.

The deal that the Colts slid across the table to agent Tom Condon and Manning, according to ESPN, would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history. It also, reportedly, is "more lucrative" than Tom Brady's recent four-year, $72 million deal and has a bigger signing bonus than Brady's $48.5 million.

However, time's pretty limited for Indy and Peyton -- at 11:59 PM on March 3rd, the league year will end and teams will not be able to sign players to new contracts until the labor negotiations are resolved. Both sides (Manning and the Colts, that is) apparently believe a deal will be reached within the next month, but the Colts are reportedly willing to place the franchise tag on Manning, even though doing so would mean paying him more than $23 million in 2011.

Additionally, the franchise tag isn't guaranteed to survive a new labor deal, but the Colts value Manning enough that they're willing to take the chance rather than allow him to hit the open market after the 2010 season.

Part of the Colts' proposal, according to the report, involves giving Manning less money (but still making him the highest-paid player in NFL history) in order to maintain financial flexibility to bring in more outside talent and beef up the team's chances of winning another Super Bowl in the Manning era.

That seems like a pretty good angle to take with Manning -- although he's obviously one of the all-time great NFL quarterbacks, there's no question that he's aware how much his legacy would be improved with multiple titles. Given how much money he has in his bank account already (hint: a lot), it stands to reason that if he could become the highest-paid player in the NFL and beef up Indy's shot at winning, he'd be interested.

And of course, there's the matter of whether or not the Colts are wise to cough up so much money for one player. The quick answer: Yes. The longer answer: there's a very good reason why Manning has so many MVP awards -- he's really valuable. Without him, Indy could have won some games the past few years, but there's no question that he's the primary reason why they've established an AFC South dynasty over the last few years.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:03 am
 

Report: Colts make Manning prelim contract offer

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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:07 am
 

Report: Colts make Manning prelim contract offer

While for the moment it sounds good "the NFL's highest paid player" it will only be short lived.  And higest paid according to what, total amount over he life of the contract, signing bonus, yearly average, there are too many variables.  Plus, if Ben wins this years SB when he signs his new one, he'll use Peyton as leverage and although his stats are no where near Peytons, Peyton won't have the rings that he does.  Peyton has to get more rings, period, he knows this, he is not poor even by NFL or other pro standards and the Colts have to put a team around him, he won't make this a painful situation for the organization.  They have just as much to gain or loose as he does.



Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2011 1:50 am
 

Report: Colts make Manning prelim contract offer

Worth every penny, for all the injuries that team had (especially WRs) he still finds his targets! Makes scrubs into studs. He very well could be a player/coach! Pay him his money and get on with it, but it wouldn't surprise me if he takes a little less then his market share to keep Wayne and othe FAs on the Colts. Must irk him to see a bum like Big Ben to have a chance at getting his 3rd ring!! But then again, Tomlin is helluva coach and Caldwell is a moron!



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:46 am
 

Report: Colts make Manning prelim contract offer

Worth. Every. Penny.  Peyton Manning showed something this season that he hasn't shown since his early seasons: inefficiency.  I'll give him a break since his receiving core was plagued by injury.  He'll be back to his Hall of Fame ways next season, predicated that his homies are decimated.  He's down, but certainly not out.  Tom Brady looked like a God this season and looked what happened to the Pats...  I don't expect Reggie Wayne to be back next season, but Judas Priest; Peyton Manning is still a bonafied bad arse.  I agree somewhat with the naysayers out there...What has he done for the Colts at all, really? [sarcasm much?] 



Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Report: Colts make Manning prelim contract offer

u people r all so stupid! this guy cant just take a tiny deal because u have enough money. If he did that how can any other player justifiably taking more money than him. its not only him its his agent (he needs to get paid to ya know) and the players union, which sometimes pressures players into signing deals. he signs this deal so the next great QB can sign another deal worth more money players have to watch out for other players 



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Report: Colts make Manning prelim contract offer

Southie...... GET REAL. Jim Sorgi looked like complete horse S**T when he played. No way they were 11-game winners with Sorgi at QB. You're living in a dreamworld and your bias to your QB is shameful. Manning has NEVER had the team that Brady has had around him. Look at how Brady's team has literally CARRIED him multiple seasons...i.e. his first super bowl win: perfect case of crappy QB meets great team. Brady stunk it up, threw for like 160 yards and the Pats still beat the Rams. When has Manning EVER been able to win a game by only throwing for 160 yards? The Colts D has blown for as long as I can remember.



Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Report: Colts make Manning prelim contract offer

You mean the team Matt Cassel took to 11-5 after going 18-1 the year before.  Take a couple of the Colts 14 win seasons, and put Jim Sorgi in there.  Bet you they could have won 10 or 11.  And please tell me what "system" you are talking about for new england.  Brady has had several offensive coordinators and several offensive systems, and succeeded at all of them.  I would rather have a QB that can adjust to many different systems, then have to build your team around 1 player and 1 system.


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