Jim Irsay said he wouldn't talk about Peyton Manning this week and then found every reporter he could. Most recently he told WISH-TV that Manning may indeed return to the team:
“I hope that it works out, and that he’s here with us, but like I said, I want to hear from him, and just see what his hopes are in terms of how we work it through with all the salary cap issues,” Irsay said. “But his health is obviously the first concern as well.”
“If he wants to, yes, he will,” Irsay said. “You know, I think that’s the thing. I want to hear from him, and if he wants to be here, and he wants to play here, you know, then that’s what it’s going to be.”
Sounds to me like Irsay is seeking consessions in the last couple of years of the contract.
Luck would be lucky to work with Peyton...... Keep the core cast while rebuilding - Saturday, Wayne, Garcon, ......
This situation gets worst and worst by the day, I feel it will not have a good ending, too many options. This should be a rough offseason.
That is Peyton team,HIS house...of course IF the Colts do not want to be the most hated team in NFL..He will retire a Colt. not any QB past or present has his IQ of the game. Any rookie QB would be so lucky to study,be under Peyton for a couple years. Don't mess with a Hall of Famer like Manning. We love MANNING ROYALTY!!!
Remember that it is a business. Peyton will most likely be playing in a different uniform next seaon and if he is willing to have a contract based on performance then he can pick his destination. A team that has a strong front line.
So if Nate is right about Manning's health status -- that he's not even close to being ready to play -- what are statements like these from Irsay intended to do? Pacify the fan base, so we feel a little better about the franchise when Irsay releases him? I don't get it.
It would be great to keep Peyton, but only if he's healthy and is willing to restructure his contract accordingly. It should be restructured on his ability to play.
I think a reworked deal-- for, say, 4 years, 60?-- with significantly less guaranteed would be a pretty fair compromise.
@coltsauth_todd. Let's play some football! And forget about this crap for one day!
@pierrezombie Good point. I think we need to remember that things can change in terms of health and these are super-human athletes with access to the best doctors in the world.
I'm thinking that initially Irsay was committed to Manning coming back. But then when the season ended so terribly and Manning was recovering slower than expected, he started to back away from that, saying "it's about Manning's health and not the money". With fan outcry, and Manning appearing the recover somewhat, Irsay started talking "it's about the money now, and not Manning's health". Manning and Irsay both appear to be ready to compromise because with some performance based bonuses in the contract, Manning has skin in the game to improve, and Irsay knows that Manning is the GOAT and should retire in Indy.
So it's a very fluid situation. I'd say that if the two can talk amicably, and if Manning really has a strong desire NOT to uproot his family and move to some distant town - and to finish his career in Indy, we might get the best of both worlds here.
@buymymonkey For someone like me who can't bear the thought of Peyton in another jersey, yes.
@CoopsDad Wish we could. Trust me. It's a beautiful day for a beautiful city. Yet all week we've been covering this nonsense.
@buymymonkey I think that's a good interpretation of how Irsay's statements reflect his changing stance on Manning. But the idea of the Colts paying the $28M and then renegotiating the rest of the contract in a way that doesn't trigger cap hell strikes me as overly hopeful. (To each his own with regards to optimism/pessimism, of course.) Have you seen anyone do a breakdown with real numbers of what that would look like for the cap? I haven't.
Also, for what it's worth, I took "Manning flexible on contract" to mean, "Hey, other 31 teams! Former MVP QB will work for food!" In other words, Colts not included.