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Indianapolis Colts Wanted To Offer Peyton Manning Deal During Bye, Wait Until End of Season

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jim Irsay insists Peyton Manning will be the NFL's highest-paid player next season.

He'll just have to wait until after this season to close the deal.

The Colts owner said Monday he was prepared to make a contract offer to Manning during the team's off week, but Manning and his agent wanted to wait until after the season.

"Any negotiation is a two-way street and we were ready to roll and we had a proposal, but they wanted to wait," Irsay said. "That's OK because every player is different. We had a bye week, and we thought we could have gotten [negotiations] rolling."

Irsay did not divulge details of the proposal that he hopes will keep Manning in blue-and-white for the rest of his career. Manning's current deal expires after the season.

The comments came hours before Manning was to make his 199th consecutive start for the Colts. Indy (4-2) faces Houston (4-2) in the first Monday night game at Lucas Oil Stadium, with the winner claiming sole possession of the AFC South lead.

Irsay has made no secret about his intention to keep the record-setting quarterback in Indy, and has said he will use the hefty franchise tag to keep Manning here, if necessary. He has also repeatedly promised to give Manning, the only four-time MVP in league history, the biggest contract in league history -- something he reiterated Monday.

"He is going to be the highest-paid player in the league," Irsay said Monday. "Look, we love him, and we'd like to see his career end here."

The baseline for Manning's deal, Irsay said, will be the recent contract signed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. In September, the Patriots signed Brady to a four-year extension worth $18 million annually and $48.5 million guaranteed.

Manning and Brady are generally regarded as the two best quarterbacks in the NFL today and are virtually mirror images in terms of their biggest honors. Brady has won three Super Bowl titles and one MVP Award, while Manning has four MVPs and one Super Bowl title.

The only real question appears to be timing.

"During the season, Peyton wants his only focus to be on preparing for football games," agent Tom Condon told The Associated Press.

The biggest wrinkle in negotiations may wind up being the one thing out of both sides' control -- a new collective bargaining agreement.

Colts president Bill Polian has said he would prefer to see how he could structure Manning's deal under a new CBA.

But with many expecting no new labor deal before March, and a growing consensus among league players to decertify the union in an effort to prevent a lockout, Polian and Irsay may not be able to wait that long.

And Condon doesn't believe that will slow down anything.

"It's probably not any more or any less difficult because of that," Condon said.
 

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BobbyJames said:
He will be a Colt his entire career.  Don't kid yourself.
Sure has taken a while to get this deal done. He was supposed to get a deal done during the offseason, but no (Tom Brady got his). Then they were supposed to do one during the bye, now the end of the season?

Kinda weird. I'll be interested to see the kind of years he gets on his extension.
 

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Depends on when he's going to retire, as he's stated, he doesn't want to play when he's 40.

even then, I expect him back the next year as a QB Coach, then soon Offensive Coordinator.
 

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Sure has taken a while to get this deal done. He was supposed to get a deal done during the offseason, but no (Tom Brady got his). Then they were supposed to do one during the bye, now the end of the season?

Kinda weird. I'll be interested to see the kind of years he gets on his extension.
So, sometimes things like that happen.  It doesn't mean he isn't going to play there the rest of his career.  I remember the Yankees going some time before finalizing a deal with Derek Jeter, doesn't mean Jeter won't be a Yankee for the rest of his career.  Things like this happen.  A deal will get done.  The Colts wouldn't just let maybe one of the greatest QB's to just slip away.
 

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So, sometimes things like that happen.  It doesn't mean he isn't going to play there the rest of his career.  I remember the Yankees going some time before finalizing a deal with Derek Jeter, doesn't mean Jeter won't be a Yankee for the rest of his career.  Things like this happen.  A deal will get done.  The Colts wouldn't just let maybe one of the greatest QB's to just slip away.
How many players do you know play their entire career with one team? This isn't 1960.

The Colts have been doing the same thing this whole decade. 12+ win, quick playoff record. One of the greatest teams of all-time, one Super Bowl to show for and a 9-9 playoff record. Yeah, Manning is one of the all-time greats, and yeah the offense is apparently completely dependent on him, but they can't do the same thing for ever. The Colts are one of the most disappointing teams in sports for a team of their stature. I wonder, do the Colts win a Super Bowl with Manning at QB for five more years? Or will we continue to see the same results we've see for what, 13 years?

He might give you the best chance to win, but that's different from winning. Ask Donovan McNabb.
 

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Jerome Bettis?  Tiki Barber?  Strahan?

It's possible.  Plus the Colts aren't close to having any backups.  Vick nor Kolb are on that roster.
 

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i say 3 years should be enough lol dude will be there till he's 59 for sure lol the real question is whats gonna happen to the colts when he leaves *thinking of making a thread
 

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Context and circumstancial evidence leads me to believe that the Colts are thinking about moving on soon.
Again, where is the context and evidence?

He will play til AT LEAST 40. He isnt a mobile QB. He is a pocket passer. So he could even play to 42 and still be effective. but around when he hits 38-40 is when i expect them to draft another QB, and try and find a suitable replacement. Until then they will run Manning until he is done.

They aint doin shit with Painter as their back-up. They would win 4 games next yr. with him.

Manning didnt want to do contract negotiations during the year. No big. I didnt expect him to. He wants to focus on this year.

He isnt goin anywhere.

You really think Colts that dumb to move on from a QB that has at least 5 good years left. With no backup? SMH
 

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To answer The thread titles question...None! He's gonna be done after we get throughwith him next week :problem?:
 
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