Prior to the Super Bowl, Colts owner Jim Irsay said that he expected to re-do Peyton Manning’s contract this offseason and make his quarterback the highest-paid player in NFL history.
Irsay isn’t backing off those comments, but he does say he’s mindful of the importance of having enough money left over for the rest of the roster.
“You have to be careful with all of your signings to make sure you have enough money to spread around to all of the players,” Irsay said, per the Indianapolis Star. “You look at guys like Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. These are guys you’re going to want to keep down the road. You’ve got to make sure you’re able to do that.”
Manning is one of 19 Colts whose current deals expire after the 2010 season. So it’s safe to say that several players in the Colts’ locker room will be watching closely to see how much money Irsay has to spread around to all of the players.