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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: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:37 pm

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

The thing i'm getting from all this is time is forcing the issue here. From what i've read from doctors, the fussion is complete and solid. his risk of getting paralyzed from a hit is no greater than any other player. ( I base this on doctors opinions, not fan speculation) however the regeneration of nerves can take up to a year ( again doctors ) The bonus is due i believe on march 8th, 6 months from the surgery. Heres the dilema. Theres no way to know where Peyton will be in september. Peyton wont restructure his contract before the start of the new negotiating season (I believe march 13) This would allow the colts to trade him a get value in return. (draft picks, money) why would he do this. I,m sure he wants those picks for the team he would be going to. so either Irsay needs to pay him or cut him. BUT what if the colts could come to an agreement with Manning to pay him 2.whatever million per game that he is healthy ENOUGH TO PLAY IN. (not games that he does play in) With a no trade clause for the 2012 season. If he playes 16 games he gets his 28 mil plus his base salary of 6-7 mil for the season. Its fair to both Peyton and the Colts and buys the neccesary time to make an informed judgement. If he's good to go the Colts have there QB With Luck as a ready backup. If not Peyton will know its time to walk away. Irsay also gets out of a lose lose situation.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:55 pm

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

manning is a class act he doesnt deserve to be treated like favre.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:42 pm

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

I thought Peyton and Jim made peace and when the duo put out a press release that everything is okay.  Now, this Manning v. Irsay is the story that won't die.  It is not because the media keeps bringing it up, but this is a zombie because the principals keep talking.  Why can't Irsay just keep quiet and wait until after the Super Bowl (his choice) before he has anything to say?  February 7 is not that far away.

Now, someone is going to ask Peyton for an interview and will run back these quotes from Irsay.  The cycle will start again and the "he said, he said" will pick up where it left off last week.  Eventually every word each mentions will be a crawl on ESPNews.

I wonder if the Polians were fired because they would not release Manning from the team which Leaves the owner having to perform this act.  Teams have always had trouble killing off their superstars.  John Unitas, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Dan Marino, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Shaq O'Neal, Michael Jordan and Franco Harris were dumped unceremoniously.  I am sure there are many others.   Heck, even Jerry West and Jerry Buss had an acrimonius divorce after Phil Jackson was hired.  Don Shula was forced to retire stepped down, Joe Torre was offered less money when his contract was up with the Yankees, Tom Landry was JJ'ed and the 49ers had their issues with Bill Walsh and George Siefert.   The only superstars I can think of who left without static were Roger Staubach, Steve Young, David Robinson, Paul O'Neill, Bill Russell, Hakeem Olajuwon and Larry Bird.  I think Red Auebach and Chuck Noll are the only coaches who left on their own terms.

It will be no different with Irsay.  He needs to stay quiet until he finally has to make his move.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:46 pm

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

As I said before, if Peyton  Manning wants to stay a Colt then he is going to have to take a drastic cut into that 28 million. Say maybe he gets to keep 7 mil but even then it has to be premised on if he can actually play. The porblem here is that Manning thinks he deserves this money because of what he has done for Indianapolis, but the reality is his career may be over regardless of what he says. The likelyhood of him ever donning a uniform and starting in the league again is minimal and he needs to accept that. I had a fractured C-1 vertabrae and I was told at that time, "No more contact sports " and he has had significantly more done to his neck than I did so I pretty much believe he is through. I think his doctors are blowing something up his back to get paid for what they did to him. I feel sorry for him but he made a mistake trusting that a NFL owner would compensate him for what he did in the past. Players will want fron loaded contracts like baseball from this point. Guaranteed!!!!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:24 pm

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

This guy Irsay must be a chimney, because everytime I turn around, he is trying to blow smoke up the public's ass.  Is he really going to say that it isn't about money??  If that is the case, then he should just pay the 28 million, and let Peyton sit out until he is ready or until his contract terminates.  This guy Irsay just needs to shut up.  Every time he speaks, he looks dumber  and dumber.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:18 pm

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

Seriously..." IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY "....Seriously ! It's not about $28,000,000 ? If the money is not the issue Mr. Moneybags, then either pay him, release him, or trade him. The later would be nearly impossible at the $28M he is owed. You have a team that totally bombed, you blamed it on the coach and he got fired. To me it looks like a no-brainer keeping Peyton as he is a winner. Something Irsay you are not. Put blame on yourself for not having a backup plan if your franchise player gets hurt. To which he did and look where it got you. But you have not taken ANY blame for the total collapse of your investment. You pal are a flippin' moron !!!!

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:43 pm

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

Then play for free.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:30 pm

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

I can think of 28 million reasons why its about the money, what a load of garbage.

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