Joe Baker and Nate Dunlevy reminded me that Jim Irsay's comments regarding Peyton Manning sound awfully familiar. In fact, they nearly mirror those comments Irsay made about Marvin Harrison before his release:
"Marvin and I are talking (Tuesday) at mid-afternoon and we'll see where we go from there," Irsay said. "I'm not going to start talking like he's not here, because nothing's been determined officially by any stretch."
Asked if it still was possible for Harrison to remain with the Colts, Irsay replied, "Definitely."
"This is a very, very unusual situation.. .. Marvin goes back with me to 1996 when I started to assume ownership," he said. "Obviously there have been conversations between Bill (Polian, team president) and Condon, but Marvin and I are going to talk it through and see where it goes.
"It's a special circumstance. It's a player and an owner, two partners who have been together for a long, long time. We're going to talk through everything and be certain that the direction we go is the right one for both of us."
You may also note Marvin Harrison's agent was Tom Condon--also, Peyton Manning's agent. Of course Marvin Harrison was later released:
Irsay said he and Harrison spoke one last time this afternoon, but they couldn't come to an agreement that would keep the wideout on the roster while allowing the Colts to effectively manage their salary cap.
Harrison's agent, Tom Condon, said Harrison would be released yesterday before Irsay made one more attempt to reach an 11th-hour accord.
I know Irsay and Manning haven''t spoken , but is it conceivable that there is some back channel "pre-negotiation" going on? It's Manning's right to drag this out until March 7th, but is that to his advantage?