Bob Kravitz says Jim Irsay may have won the PR battle (even if he didn't intend to do so) but may lose the football war. He also doesn't expect Peyton Manning to accept the terms of a reduced deal:
Now, if Manning is willing take Irsay’s offer, let me be the first to throw him a parade while uttering mea culpas. It would be an amazing, selfless thing to do, and would solidify his place in this community as a true icon and sports hero.
I just don’t see it.
The cons outweigh the pros.
By a lot.
GTFO with that shit. Peyton is exactly where he planned to be at this point, except for the part where his body didn't recover as quickly as he hoped. He knew he was going to have another surgery, he knew he might never come back at all, but he also didn't want to be traded. The option bonus is kind of like an "escape clause" the way Peyton characterized it but it's also a poison pill that limits the Colts to two options: Either keep Peyton and pay him like a franchise QB or cut him entirely.
Peyton and Condon tried to get very clever with that contract and now they're in exactly the situation they created. I don't entirely blame them because Peyton was under a huge amount of pressure to sign the BIGGEST DEAL EVAR!!! Blame Jerry Goddamned Douche-Ass Richardson and the CBA fight for this mess because without that disaster Peyton's contract wouldn't have been nearly so contentious. But it is what it is and Peyton had his own part in creating it.
Now Kravitz wants to tell me that Peyton should be lauded if he agrees to anything less than the sweetheart deal he was allowed to hand-craft while under the cloud of a third neck surgery? Fuck off. I want Peyton back too but no team in the universe pays $28 million for his chances of getting on the field as of this moment.
Grrr, March 8 can't come soon enough.