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Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:51 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:36 pm
Irsay says making a call on Peyton has nothing to do with the money. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jim Irsay's handling the hosting duties this week and would prefer not to talk about Peyton Manning. But there's only so long he can go without being asked about No. 18 and in an effort to potentially pull the proverbial band-aid off, he did an interview with Rich Eisen Wednesday to address the Manning situation.

Irsay said that there's "so much uncertainty" involving Peyton's situation, but that his decision (which is not made yet, apparently) won't be "about the money" involved in Peyton's contract.

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"There’s so much uncertainty in this thing," Irsay said on the NFL Network. “The thing that gets overlooked in situations like this, is that there’s never been an NFL quarterback that has had this type of injury. It’s never happened before. When our doctors talk to other doctors, even throughout the world, the reference points just aren’t there. This will be a case study, if it ever happens again, because it’s so rare that you have this situation."

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Depending on what Irsay decides to with Manning in 2012, that case study will almost certainly also involve criticism of his choice, barring Peyton simply never playing again. (And he's already said that's not happening.) $28 million committed to one player is a trainwreck. But, hey, it's not about the money.

"This isn’t about the money," Irsay said. "If it helps us win, I’ll pay it in a second. But when it comes to salary cap … we have real cap problems. You can’t make a decision that straps you for the next three seasons."

Except it is about the money. Not necessarily because Irsay could be classified as frugal (he's not) but because the money is simply an issue. If Peyton can't help the team win, then it's a waste of $28 million. It's a waste of salary cap space. It's a waste of valuable resources that could be used to help rebuild a once-dominant franchise.

Irsay said that himself, so he clearly understands the negative impact that bringing Manning back could have if he can't help the team win.

It's a bizarre situation to say the least. Manning's situation built all season long and now gets to crescendo in the middle of what is essentially his city.

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Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:39 am

Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

Makes perfect sense to me. The guy is saying if Peyton is ready to come back and play at a normal skill level then he is worth the money and he will pay the money, but if he can't come back and play the whole season or really the next couple seasons, then he cannot strap his team down with th 28M weight that prevents him from strengthening the rest of the team so he can be competitive. Sounds reasonable to me. He is saying that Peyton may be able to play somewhere that can afford to take a chance at less of a cap hit or on a team that can afford his cap hit, but he can't.

If there were no cap it would be a diffrent story financially for the team, but this again just makes sense. Apparently the word is his neck is healthy. The problem is there was enough nerve damage that he ha not regained any arm strength. You can't hardly pay a guy 28M if he can't effectively throw the ball. It would be prudent for both parties to try to come up with a number that they can both live with and restructure Peytons contract, bonus, etc. in case he is not ready for the beginning of the year, but shows real progress toward being able to play later. 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:35 am

Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

C'mon, who are you kidding? Its always about the money...

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:34 am

Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

You're either dreaming or taking some good dope.  Manning will NEVER return to his prior form and take a look at the Colts, all the management moves tell you they are going to rebuild from ground up.  They need too many skilled players to be a Super Bowl contender and some of their current skilled players are aging up.

Irsay can say what he wants, but this is a BUSINESS and no business invests the kind of money we are talking about on a player who more than likely has seen his better days. 

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:27 am

Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

How can you possibly state "it isn't about the money"?  Let's get real, Manning is due 28 million by early March and as of now NO ONE knows what his health situation is going to be.  It isn't just simply the neck surgery, his shoulder muscles, arm muscles & upper body muscles certainly aren't in top QB condition.

No one even knows if there is a doctor that will give him medical clearance.

Anyone who expects him to be ready for the start of next season is dreaming and when he should get a possible start what will be the outcome once he starts to take hits in game conditions.  There is so much doubt about his future that spending big dollars and affecting the teams cap is simply ridiculous.

NFL football isn't a game, it's a BUSINESS and that's the bottom line.

Peyton do yourself & the Colts a favor, announce your retirement and keep your health.  

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:06 am

Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

manning is a class act he doesnt deserve to be treated like favre.
I don't think that there any way that Manning be treated like Favre, Favre created the problem himself by not be able to make up his mind if he want to retire or not. Favre retired in March which allow the Packer to name Rodger starting QB, By July Favre decided that he still want to play football which forced the Packer to pick either Favre of the QB of the future. Packers made the right choice going with Rodgers, For Manning the problem is that no one really know when he be able to play again or If he ever play again. 

Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:54 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:36 pm

Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

Making a huge assumption that (a) Manning is healthy, (b) he's healthy in time for off-season workouts and next year, (c) doesn't re-injure himself in the near future or the next four years, and (d) that the Colts are actually able to field not only a winning team, but a championship team. 

I'm sorry, but that's a few too many assumptions to be making at this time. Look at Sidney Crosby. Yes, NHL reference. Wiki or Google it if you don't know the situation. Even an avid NHL hater has to have seen the headlines pop up on every sporting site. The kid is way younger, healthier, more skilled, and has had all the specialists he can muster to get his game back on track. It's been a year and it looks like it could very well be until next season when he comes back again. And then who knows at what level? His last comeback lasted 8 games.

Peyton is entering the twilight of his playing days. I'm not saying it's possible or that I wish negative things for him, but it's going to be quite the feat if he can return and at the level he once was playing. 

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:59 pm

Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

Irsay will pay the dough and Manning will play another 4 years at a high level...The Colts will trade the #1 pick for a ton of assets and will win 1-2 super bowls over the next 4 years with a loaded club due to the trading of the #1 is a dream scenario for Irsay and the Colts...

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:47 pm

Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

I may be repeating similar sentiments but anytime they say "it isnt about the money"


Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:46 pm

Irsay: Peyton decision 'isn't about the money'

When they its stated its NOT about " The Money " its about The Money !!!   Also look at the source , Irsay isn't this the same family that moved the Colts from Baltimore in the middle of the night ( this owner has zero credibility in my book ) !  Peyton , Good Luck with Your Next NFL Team ; hopefully Dallas !!! 

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