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Colts won't talk about Peyton Manning talks

With Colts owner Jim Irsay previously vowing to make Peyton Manning very, very rich (or, as the case may be, very, very richer) and with the Patriots reportedly closing in on a new contract with franchise quarterback Tom Brady, the Colts are adopting a new approach.

They won’t be talking about Manning’s status.

The ‘cone of silence’ is going to come down, at least for us,” Irsay
said Wednesday, per Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.  “That’s how you get something done. I’m not even sure what the
Brady thing is.”

Irsay also said that Manning’s contract issue “has been talked about enough.”

Chappell points out that, even though Manning prefers not to be distracted once the season starts, the deal could get done at some point between now and January.  “Everyone can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Irsay said.  “You have to multitask at this level.”

Right, but if doing so keeps the guy who makes the team go from being as focused as he should be, the effort to walk and chew gum at the same time could end up looking like an old SNL Chevy-Chase-as-Gerald-Ford skit.

All that said, there’s no reason to think a deal will get done this season, if Colts president Bill Polian continues to believe that the time for finalizing a contract won’t come until a new labor deal is in place.  But with more and more teams starting to inch away from that potentially collusive mindset, it could be that the Colts decide to get their guy signed sooner rather than later.

With the widely-ignored possibility of the franchise tag going away in the new CBA, sooner makes even more sense.

And with Brady soon to be setting the floor for Manning’s deal, the Colts soon will have a good idea as to the cost of keeping Peyton around.

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12 Responses to “Colts won't talk about Peyton Manning talks”
  1. The Real Shuxion says: Sep 9, 2010 8:08 AM

    “Everyone can walk and chew gum at the same time,”
    I still struggle to walk and breathe at the same time.
    *Takes break to breathe.

  2. NYMets says: Sep 9, 2010 8:10 AM

    This is a very compelling story.

  3. deepthreat says: Sep 9, 2010 8:17 AM

    Tom Brady in a car accident last night.
    Not badly hurt, but went to hospital on his own.
    Hasn’t shown up at Gillette yet…

  4. 4ever19 says: Sep 9, 2010 8:18 AM

    Highest paid player in the league. If I hear that one more time, I may become a Chargers fan. Well, not that drastic, but what is the big deal about that? Why is it so important to Jimmy and Billy that little Peyton get so much money. Won’t it hurt the team’s competitive balance? I remember Danny Boy Marino’s last years with the Dolphins. He got his numbers and the team went home early because he didn’t have enough players around him. Hate to see my beloved Colts repeat such a history.

  5. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 9, 2010 8:22 AM

    Where’s the Brady [car accident] news already?

  6. Panda_Claus says: Sep 9, 2010 8:55 AM

    Silly Jim Irsay. Doesn’t he know by now the Cone of Silence never works the way it was designed? Depending on that is a letdown waiting to happen.

  7. BigBear123 says: Sep 9, 2010 9:53 AM

    Good morning Mike!

  8. AllThat says: Sep 9, 2010 10:18 AM

    They are showing replays of the SB on Peyton’s head this morning at practice.
    Large screen Sony head.

  9. Jay16 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:28 AM

    This isn’t even news. Manning knows he’ll get signed. The whole front office would be fired if he went into a bidding war. The franchise can’t win a game without the guy, so its not news. Brady is in a different situation, they actually got a coach there and some up and coming talent on defense and offense, so Brady knows the team can win without him. Would it suck, hell yes, but he knows Belichek will rebuild and they are. Hell they can win with Matt Cassel as quarterback, Brady should be worried. The Colts can’t win a game, coach can’t win a game, GM is on his last legs without Peyton Manning…..It would be Polian’s head, Caldwell’s and Irsays head on a stick to let him walk away or even not even try to re-sign him.

  10. dlmcc0909 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:37 AM

    “Highest paid player in the league. If I hear that one more time, I may become a Chargers fan. Well, not that drastic, but what is the big deal about that? Why is it so important to Jimmy and Billy that little Peyton get so much money. Won’t it hurt the team’s competitive balance? I remember Danny Boy Marino’s last years with the Dolphins. He got his numbers and the team went home early because he didn’t have enough players around him. Hate to see my beloved Colts repeat such a history. ”
    Its a matter of respect. Peyton Manning is the best QB in the league, and no one is more important to his team. Take him out of the equation and that team goes nowhere. He had enough around him to get it done but Wayne ran a terrible route on that pick. Brady and Brees are great but Manning is a top 5 all time QB. you cant realistically give him less money than Brady will get and my guess is thats exactly what hes waiting to see before he signs anything

  11. LAEaglefan says: Sep 9, 2010 11:59 AM

    Its easier to build a supporting cast around Manning than it is to replace him. It seems like they can stick any receiver in there and he suddenly becomes a star with Manning throwing to him. Do you think that Garcon and Collie would be as good as they are with any other team?

  12. Gautam says: Sep 9, 2010 1:09 PM

    I think as Peyton gets older, the Colts should start investing in their offensive line. Undrafted free agents & lower rd picks are okay as long as Peyton was young & mobile enough. They invest so much in their skill players(Sanders, Wayne, Hayden, Freeney, etc.). Peyton has earned enough to have dollar bills as his toilet paper for the rest of his life. Why not start investing more in the offensive line and make the offense more balanced as Manning ages ?

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