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Peyton Manning nearing contract year

P.Manning.jpgIt’s not exactly breaking news that Peyton Manning’s contract will end after 2010, but that fact seems to have been lost in the shuffle somewhere.

NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi pointed out Thursday that the final two years of Manning’s deal (2011-2012) have indeed voided, as expected.  He only needed to meet minimum playing requirements that were never in doubt.

This could make for a fascinating offseason for the game’s two best quarterbacks over the last decade.  Tom Brady’s contract is also up after 2010, and an extension figures to be a priority in New England.

Lombardi guesses that Manning will make over $20 million per season in his extension.  That’s double the annual pay of Brady’s last contract.  Brady was amenable to a team-friendly deal last time, but how much less than Manning will he be willing to take?

The Patriots would be well served to wrap up Brady’s contract before Manning sets the bar at record levels.

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  1. dlmcc0909 says: Jan 28, 2010 8:04 PM

    Brady took less money so the team could resign key players. With the Pats trading or cutting some of those key players, I highly doubt Brady will take another one for the team. If Eli Manning got almost $100 million, I cant imagine how much these two will get. They deserve it though

  2. Doug O says: Jan 28, 2010 8:04 PM

    Brady doesnt deserve to get half of what Manning gets.

  3. Jets474 says: Jan 28, 2010 8:05 PM

    Might be cheaper just to put the franchise tag on them…

  4. slipkid says: Jan 28, 2010 8:08 PM

    why? tom, has slipped.

  5. Peoples Champ says: Jan 28, 2010 8:08 PM

    Yet another record that Manning WILL set

  6. lilhopo says: Jan 28, 2010 8:09 PM

    cash money homie, if you lose the superbowl youll get less money. who dat.
    i only wrote this to get colts fans pissed

  7. 12+81=7 says: Jan 28, 2010 8:10 PM

    As great as Manning is and how much he does for his team, he really shouldn’t take such a big contract. He has enough money, and he can help his team by taking a discount and allowing them to sign stronger players to help surround him. Brady takes a discount so the team can pay for more talent and Manning should do the same.

  8. The Oven says: Jan 28, 2010 8:15 PM

    Irsay already said it’s going to be easy. Peyton will be the highest paid player in the league.

  9. BleedGreen says: Jan 28, 2010 8:17 PM

    Didn’t Manning restructure once or twice to help with the cap, too?

  10. champ1315 says: Jan 28, 2010 8:28 PM

    Peyton traded to the Bills this off-season for Trent Edwards and Ashton Youboty. Fair deal if you ask me.

  11. prophet of the light says: Jan 28, 2010 8:29 PM

    I hope the Patriots give Tom Brady a contract that makes Peyton look like he made a mistake signing that one.

  12. mwcarolina says: Jan 28, 2010 8:33 PM

    Brady doesnt deserve to get half of what Manning gets.
    I agree, Peyton Manning has shown that without him in the game, the Colts are lucky to win 5 games, now if Brady gets hurt, it has been proven that they can replace him, they did last year with Matt Cassel.

  13. DTU says: Jan 28, 2010 8:36 PM

    The Pats could always, you know: Part ways with Brady.

  14. jersey73 says: Jan 28, 2010 8:36 PM

    I picture a 6 year contract for Peyton and it will be his final contract in the NFL.

  15. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Jan 28, 2010 8:37 PM

    He’ll retire after he wins the super bowl

  16. Peoples Champ says: Jan 28, 2010 8:46 PM

    @champ1315:
    Haha that’s a good one LOL

  17. JP Ryan says: Jan 28, 2010 8:50 PM

    BleedGreen says:
    Didn’t Manning restructure once or twice to help with the cap, too?
    ———————-
    Yes Peyton did… and yeah I don’t think he’d ransom the kingdom into bankruptcy to keep him. I think he’ll ask for what he’s worth (which IMNSHO, would be the highest salary ever) and they’ll give it to him. But knowing how much he’s given back to Indianapolis (an estimated $50mil to a childrens’ hospital), Knoxville and New Orleans, I just don’t see him as the greedy type.

  18. sniperhare says: Jan 28, 2010 8:54 PM

    I don’t see Manning spending his entire career with the Colts. He’ll wind up on some team in his late 30s that think they’re getting the ’06 version.

  19. LT2_3 says: Jan 28, 2010 9:26 PM

    I don’t see either guy getting a new contract before there’s a new CBA. Aren’t the owners, in essence, asking for a reduction in the salary cap? If the salary cap reduces, then $20 mil per year could be back breaking.

  20. SirSuperSouthern says: Jan 28, 2010 9:34 PM

    Tom Brady might not be a top-ten QB on another team. Manning would be no matter where he was.
    I’m not a Brady hater, I’d take him on my fantasy team any day. But Payton Manning was born and raised to be the greatest player ever and he is, with all due respect to Lord Favre.
    Brady actually benefits from going into contract talks around the same time as Peyton…

  21. BigEasy says: Jan 28, 2010 9:35 PM

    They’ll probably let him go….LOL….great story!!!!

  22. KOM2K10 says: Jan 28, 2010 9:42 PM

    Matt Cassel won 11 games last year with the same team that Brady won 10 with this year. If anything, they should have traded him last year. The QB in NE is a product of a great system, thats exactly what Brady is. Throw in the top Defenses that he was playing with earlier in the decade an wa-la! 3 Superbowls and he looks like an all-time great.

  23. dirtyhippy says: Jan 28, 2010 9:43 PM

    mwcarolina said it best, if your team can win more games with your backup, your not a franchise quarterback.
    Brady didn’t take a discount last time, he got an inflated number based on the fans perception is that he caused the Pats to win those Championships. History will view him much like Bradshaw, the quarterback of a multiple championship team, but could have been replaced by a dozen other guys.

  24. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Jan 28, 2010 9:53 PM

    Think they’ll sign him, Gregg?
    Wow….talk about a non-story.

  25. stefanovich says: Jan 28, 2010 10:04 PM

    “Tom Brady might not be a top-ten QB on another team.”
    Why do people constantly undersell Tom Brady? Aren’t we talking about the guy who went 16-0, won 3 Super Bowls, four AFC championships, threw 50 touchdowns to only 8 picks? Who is a better quarterback than Brady other than Peyton Manning? No one. Even the biggest Pats hater has to admit the guy is a beast.
    It’s not as if Manning’s offenses have lacked talent.
    As for the Cassel comment, give it up. Manning has never missed a game. Cassel had been in the NFL for four years when he got the call. He was also a steal because he had talent, but didn’t play in college.
    You can’t compare 2 halves of Curtis Painter with 4th stringers at WR and OL to a full season featuring a veteran who was throwing to Randy Moss and Wes Welker. That makes no sense.
    If the Colts really are nothing without Manning, then it speaks strongly of their overall inferiority to the Patriots as an organization and their inability to draft a backup quarterback.
    But I have a feeling that people are selling Bill Polian and the Colts too short. Manning is not the only great player on his team.

  26. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jan 28, 2010 10:15 PM

    this just in, florio has declared the contract he has not yet signed to be selfish and a bad deal for the team.said florio the colts will never win by having so much manning invested in 1 player.it will be just like the last selfish contract he signed and we all see how the colts never recovered from that deal. oh wait never mind

  27. beretta96 says: Jan 28, 2010 10:24 PM

    Listen to these Dolt fans, thinking their QB is next in line to god. You want to talk about a system qb, manning is it! Only OC he’s ever worked with and one that’s been around 100 years. Let’s not forget he had Marvin Harrison for a dog’s age as well. Having that on your side tends to really boost numbers.
    Brady’s never had star receivers until Moss, and they change OC’s like you change underwear and he still pulls off wins and SB’s.
    Manning wouldn’t stand a chance outside the dolts system.

  28. THE strobman says: Jan 28, 2010 10:28 PM

    this just in, florio didn’t write this…

  29. Bob S. says: Jan 28, 2010 10:43 PM

    IF COLTS DONT PAY HIM HE MAY GO TO THE UFL!
    AND make that league a real factor?

  30. dashoe says: Jan 28, 2010 11:08 PM

    Please stop with the myth that Brady took less for the team. You’re paid what you’re worth.

  31. seanx says: Jan 28, 2010 11:35 PM

    After next week, when Payton destroys the Saints, he will get whatever he wants. $20 million and virgin sacrifices? Sure.

  32. bian8 says: Jan 28, 2010 11:54 PM

    beretta96 I think last year proved Brady was a system QB when Cassel came in a did better than Brady did this year.

  33. Hodog16 says: Jan 28, 2010 11:59 PM

    Any Colts fan who thinks they could have similar success without Manning is just fooling themselves.
    The Patriots’ problem is that ol’ Bill is too busy trading veterans to the Raiders for draft picks that the defense became a liability. How quickly people jump off the Brady bandwagon.

  34. mwcarolina says: Jan 29, 2010 12:02 AM

    (Cassel had been in the NFL for four years when he got the call.)
    remember that Cassel NEVER started one single college game and never seen the field until Brady got hurt or when it was garbage minutes, Brady is good yes, BUT Manning runs that offense and he is so good that great coaches like Bellichick make STUPID decisions like going for it on 4th and 1 on your own 24 yard line, he was that scared of Manning.

  35. KOM2K10 says: Jan 29, 2010 12:20 AM

    Anyone ever wonder if Manning makes his WR’s great? Can anyone name a WR on the Colts that didn’t play well when Manning was throwing to them? Stoakley was a pro-bowler, goes to Denver and barely ever hear of him… Marcus Pollard- pro-bowl tight end, gets let go and never hear from him again… Garcon, Collie, Wayne, Harrison, Clark…. what are the odds that they’re all great???

  36. monet99 says: Jan 29, 2010 12:41 AM

    Manning gave money To Bush and Fred Thompson. For that alone he deserves less.

  37. Stone says: Jan 29, 2010 12:46 AM

    Manning is possibly the only player in the League that I can see a team breaking the bank for in an uncapped year. If the Colts have the cash, they should give him a ridiculous sum for next year (40 million?), and a lower amount the rest of the term. Helps with the cap, gives him a massive payday…

  38. Tyler says: Jan 29, 2010 3:53 AM

    “Lombardi guesses that Manning will make over $20 million per season in his extension.”
    I really hope, not. He will be 35, when he starts his new contract. He should get a 7 year 100 million extension with 60 million of it in the first 4 seasons.

  39. Adam says: Jan 29, 2010 5:41 AM

    No way in hell he’ll make less money than his lil brother. Big brother wins…again.

  40. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Jan 29, 2010 6:58 AM

    Just pay him.
    Next!

  41. slutnuts says: Jan 29, 2010 8:03 AM

    KOM2K10 says:
    January 28, 2010 9:42 PM
    Matt Cassel won 11 games last year with the same team that Brady won 10 with this year.
    ___________________________________
    the other side of that argument is that cassel won 5 less games in 2008 than brady won with the same team from 2007. i think the 2008 team was a lot closer to the 2007 team than to the 2009 team.
    __________________________________
    beretta96 says:
    January 28, 2010 10:24 PM
    Listen to these Dolt fans, thinking their QB is next in line to god. You want to talk about a system qb, manning is it! Only OC he’s ever worked with and one that’s been around 100 years. Let’s not forget he had Marvin Harrison for a dog’s age as well. Having that on your side tends to really boost numbers.
    Brady’s never had star receivers until Moss, and they change OC’s like you change underwear and he still pulls off wins and SB’s.
    Manning wouldn’t stand a chance outside the dolts system.
    ___________________________________
    this is a straight up nonsense statement. first, the pats offense is the same system becasue belichik instituted it and he just has guys come in to run it. true peyton has played in the same system also, but you have to be a homer to disagree with his talent, or to think he wouldn’t be great anywhere else…for the record, i believe the same thing about brady, just because he thrives in one system doesnt mean he wouldnt be great in another. both guys are great, just enjoy instead of trying to qualify.

  42. spudz says: Jan 29, 2010 8:47 AM

    Nobody is worth the kind of money athletes are paid…. regardless of the sport.
    It is beyond rediculous and is the reason the average fan cannot afford to take his family to a game.

  43. 4ever19 says: Jan 29, 2010 9:31 AM

    Could the Colts we have the success they’ve had without Manning? Not at all. He is the main cog in the attack. That being said, if he took the exact same contract, he and his family probably wouldn’t go hungry and the Colts would have more money to sign players to keep the team at the top. Could he get $20 million a year? Maybe. Should he? No, not if it hamstrings the organization. But then, I am playing with someone else’s money and as Paul Molitor once said when talking about his $3 million a year salary (talk about chump change), when you get to this much, it ain’t for spending, it’s for showing off.

  44. Ytsejamer1 says: Jan 29, 2010 9:37 AM

    I think Brady’s best year was 2006…believe it or not. Aside from all the records he broke in 2007, he had absolute horseapple receivers in 2006…Reche Caldwell was our number 1, Gaffney number 2, and Troy Brown (2 or 3)…don’t forget we had Doug Gabriel too…he was awesome. But yet somehow, the Pats managed to eek their way to the AFC Championship game and almost win it due to one of many Pees’ defensive meltdowns.
    Brady took a friendly deal that ended up not being so friendly in the last year…because Brady restructured in order to make room for Moss and others. That restructure didn’t cost him money, it just made his deal more backloaded. Either way, he is still worth it.
    But I think the original post is right…don’t let Manning set the market…The Pats better get Brady locked up before that happens.

  45. spudz says: Jan 29, 2010 1:43 PM

    When your wife can donate 1.5 mill to Haiti, it is obvious that Tom doesnt worry about money….and never has.
    He will get a new deal, but it will be nowhere close to what Manning gets….

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