Peyton Manning is willing to structure his contract in a way that could expedite how quickly he is signed if or when the Indianapolis Colts release him.
Manning is completely open to creating a contract in which he would be paid little or no guaranteed money up front and he would have to earn every cent he makes strictly through performance, according to sources.
An example of how it would work is that Manning's contract could wind up having a big roster bonus due on the first day of the season, and another big bonus based on the number of games he starts in a season. It is a formula that can be used for the length of the contract, limiting the amount of guaranteed money paid up front and ensuring that Manning would have to play to earn his pay.
Is he flexible to terms in Indianapolis? Is that a possibility? Hard to say but the situation is evolving.
This sounds good on the surface, but it appears that it is geared more to potential suitors to sign him as a free agent compared to Manning altering his contract currently with the Colts. If Manning pushes the Colts by not altering the deadline date or adjusting his deal as it is now, he's basically forcing his way to be cut in order to find a new team via free agency in which case giving them a better, more flexible deal. I would certainly hope Irsay and Peyton could work something out which benefit both parties, but it would be a very disappointing ending if Manning left town in this way and was able to play next season.
This would be the perfect way to structure his contract and I hope it works out with the Colts. He should retire as a Colt when the time comes.
Finally a rumor I hope is true. Payton has made the Colts, Indianapolis and Indiana the sports center it has become. This could only help him, by allowing the Colts to surround him with quality people to protect him and to allow his remaining years to be great ones.
That would be fantastic, finally a rumor that I hope comes true. Payton has done so much for the Colts, Indianapolis, and Indiana. It could only benifit him in the long run for the team to be able to aquire some great tallent to protect him and to make the colts a contender again right away.
Peyton Manning is not done yet and should remain a Colt. With a hugely re-written contract voiding the previous mammoth contract much talent could be placed around him. Drafting Luck is still a priority too and all of this is workable. I'm excited by the possibilities. Just imagine Manning back under center next season; the entire league fan base will be swooning.
I really dont want to see Peyton play somewhere else. Especially if its for some terrible team like the Dolphins.