Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne and defensive end Robert Mathis are sitting out mandatory minicamp due to displeasure with their contracts. Both players have two years left on their current deals.
Speaking to ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky, Colts president Bill Polian indicated that he doesn’t intend to satisfy Wayne and Mathis’ demands.
“We’re not in a regular environment, that’s the problem
,” Polian said, blaming the lack of a CBA for Indianapolis’ financial predicament. “I’ve spoken to both their agents, and I certainly respect both men and they make a good case. But the problem is we don’t have a system, and without a system you don’t know where contracts might or might not fit.
“So it’s futile to plan beyond just baseline kind of planning because you don’t know what the final product is going to look like.”
Polian also indicated that the Colts have not begun extension negotiations with contract-year quarterback Peyton Manning, despite owner Jim Irsay’s pledge to make Manning the league’s highest paid player.
“We’ll sit down and talk as we go forward,” Polian said. “… We’ll talk, but there is no timetable. I don’t put any timetable on it and neither has Jim Irsay. … [Agent] Tom [Condon] and I have always handled those things.”