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Peyton Manning latest player to get tagged

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Peyton Manning recorded another career first Tuesday:  He’s the first four-time MVP to get slapped with the franchise tag.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen broke the news first and it was quickly confirmed by Colts owner Jim Irsay on Twitter.

“We have placed the Franchise Tag on Peyton while we continue to negotiate a long term deal,” Irsay wrote, in a rare break from posting song lyrics.

Manning gets 120% of his 2010 salary, which is expected to be a little more than $23 million, according to Albert Breer.   While $23 million sounds sweet, Manning doesn’t seem likely to ever sign the one-year deal.

Manning has an incredible amount of leverage and should get the richest contract in NFL history.   He probably just has to wait for a new collective bargaining agreement before he gets it.

The Colts quarterback is the fifth player to get the tag on Tuesday, and the sixth overall.  It’s quite a group: Michael Vick, Vincent Jackson, Haloti Ngata, Logan Mankins, and David Harris.

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25 Responses to “Peyton Manning latest player to get tagged”
  1. hobartbaker says: Feb 15, 2011 6:10 PM

    Peyton dreaded being tagged. Ponderously slow, even before his knee surgeries, and now he’s “it”.

  2. mulehead70 says: Feb 15, 2011 6:14 PM

    Are you sure you want to franchise him? I mean, according to Jerry Richardson, he doesn’t know squat about player safety.

  3. ampats says: Feb 15, 2011 6:17 PM

    I would love to see a team like the Redskins swoop in with a ridiculous offer and give up their two #1′s.

    Historically, the Redskins do not participate in the draft or better yet know what to do with the picks.

  4. cup1981 says: Feb 15, 2011 6:36 PM

    Too bad the guy can’t win a playoff game. At least he has one more championship than his dad lol.

  5. mataug says: Feb 15, 2011 7:00 PM

    cmon Peyton, show them your revenue chart

  6. hobartbaker says: Feb 15, 2011 7:19 PM

    Just another first for Peyton. He was the first 4 time MVP to get up in the morning, the first to yawn and stretch, the first to scratch his balls, then realize he better head over to the bathroom for his morning wiz, the first………..

  7. jasonculhane says: Feb 15, 2011 7:28 PM

    This is kinda funny because Colts fans will come out and say “Peyton isn’t going anywhere” or ” A Deal will get done before the CBA”.

    This doesn’t mean squat. It just means the Colts are trying everything in their power to keep Peyton a Colt for right now or until possibly the inevitable happens. No football and a lockout. The Colts are doing the P.R thing and showing the world they are doing the “best” they can to keep Manning a Colt. Its all it is. I hope he leaves can’t you tell?

    If Peyton signs with the Colts while no changes have been made then he’s their scapegoat again for all their problems falling short, when its obvious the media has failed to hold this whole organization accountable for their horrible drafts, lack of talent, and dismal at best coaching staff supporting Peyton. Who in the hell wants to look the camera in the face after another horrible timeout and say “I let the team down, its my fault”…Yes Peyton, it will be your fault if you sign another contract with these guys.

    He has all the leverage and it APPEARS as if he is not signing a contract with the Colts at this point. They laid two contacts out that were highest dollar, he said no.

  8. steeltownpride says: Feb 15, 2011 7:44 PM

    Cant wait to see how this new contract is going to cripple the Colts for many years to come . The only way its going to work is to give me most of the money upfront in a signing bonus . The smartest thing to do would be to trade his old overrated ass for a kings ransome and rebuilt . Look what the Cowboys got and did with the Hershel Walker trade .

  9. slice60 says: Feb 15, 2011 7:53 PM

    You’re comparing Herschel Walker to Peyton Manning??? Herschel was NOT the franchise who led a 6-10 type team to 12 wins every season. Peyton is that kind of franchise player.

    I agree with Jason. The Colts have offered a blockbuster contract last fall & again this month. Peyton said no thanks.

    Either he wants to wait for the new CBA or he wants to look elsewhere in the future.

  10. meattuperello says: Feb 15, 2011 8:04 PM

    He might be waiting for Irsay to fire the bumbling idiot they have listed as head coach.

  11. jersey73 says: Feb 15, 2011 8:09 PM

    @steeltownpride Contract will cripple the Colts? Did Big Ben’s cripple the Steelers???

    @cup1981…You did an amazing job contradicting yourself from one sentence to the next. He can’t win a playoff game, but has a championship ring. Hmmm…how did he win the ring???

  12. nnagi says: Feb 15, 2011 8:26 PM

    i understand what peyton manning means to this franchise and i know he’s one of the best to ever play, but having said that, the guy is also one of the most overrated players in the history of the league…his selfish contract demands have crippled the colts ability to surround him with talent and he never takes accountability for his poor decision making, after all, he dictates the offense, instead he blames his teammates…he’s an icon and he puts up great numbers, but he’s only won 1 championship and he blew it against the saints by throwing that disastrous pick, $23M is alot of money…just sayin’

  13. mataug says: Feb 15, 2011 8:37 PM

    hey guys, I’m a big Manning fan and hope that he stays with the Colts… but there is one thing that everybody in the media is constantly ignoring when they talk about Manning’s next contract – Peyton and his agent(s) will be under considerable pressure from the union to get the best possible contract… Peyton Manning has to raise the bar for what players can be paid in the NFL
    I hope whatever contract he signs eventually doesn’t cripple the Colts financially but the reality of the situation wrt NFL vs NFLPA cannot be ignored

  14. kom2k10 says: Feb 15, 2011 8:38 PM

    I still think he’s not signing because he wants Caldwell gone… Caldwell has done NOTHING to improve the Colts chances of winning. He’s not motivating, he sucks at x’s and o’s because the Colts are always outcoached, and he’s horrible with game management. Get him a real coach and the deal is done.

  15. duffer58 says: Feb 15, 2011 8:40 PM

    Cup1981
    Blaming Manning for Colts playoff losses is like blaming Kurt Warner for loss to Saints last year.Manning has a Super Bowl ring unlike some other QB greats.

  16. doe22us says: Feb 15, 2011 8:41 PM

    Manning is greedy hence that is why the Colts will consistently underachieve if you have the King Pig taking up a chunk of the pie..

  17. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Feb 15, 2011 8:44 PM

    ampats: If Manning was hit with an “exclusive” franchise tag, as I suspect is the case, then no other team can sign Manning—not even for two first-round picks.

  18. mikebrownmakesmefrown says: Feb 15, 2011 8:53 PM

    jersey73 says: Feb 15, 2011 8:09 PM

    @steeltownpride Contract will cripple the Colts? Did Big Ben’s cripple the Steelers???

    @cup1981…You did an amazing job contradicting yourself from one sentence to the next. He can’t win a playoff game, but has a championship ring. Hmmm…how did he win the ring???

    —————————————————-

    He didn’t do a damn thing to win that ring. Dominic Rhodes won Baby Peyton his ring. Peyton is a loser. I’d rather have Max Hall as a QB than Baby Peyton. Who Dey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. steeltownpride says: Feb 15, 2011 9:00 PM

    8 years and 102 million isnt a bad contract . Under 13 million a season for a 2 time sb winning qb . Its being reported Mannings deal is going to be the largest in NFL history . Thats going to be up there around 18-20 million a year mark . Good money for a 9-9 playoff record . You think if Montana was playing today he would be a 20 plus million a year qb in his prime .

  20. cappa662 says: Feb 15, 2011 9:09 PM

    Someone should swop in and get manning for 2 first round picks. He’s worth more than 5 first round picks.

  21. jc1958cool says: Feb 15, 2011 9:55 PM

    steeltownpride: manning only won ONE superbowl! lost to new orleans, guess that’s why your team lost to the PACKERS, not smart enough !

  22. aceburgh says: Feb 15, 2011 10:08 PM

    I will take what the Steelers have done since Manning has been in the league over the Colts any day.

  23. CKL says: Feb 16, 2011 1:21 AM

    slice60 says: Feb 15, 2011 7:53 PM

    I agree with Jason. The Colts have offered a blockbuster contract last fall & again this month. Peyton said no thanks.
    _____________________________________
    Holy geeze…I figured he was waiting for Brady’s then of course he would get more than that. Your comment tells me I was wrong. That certainly adds some intrigue to things.

  24. dabears2485 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:18 AM

    Note: Favre only won one Super Bowl, and yet he was the world’s favorite up until three years ago.

    I can see the argument for trading Manning and using the freed cap space and acquired picks to build the franchise.

    But no one is mentioning these guys: Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis. Where’s this defense? They have some highly paid defensive players that don’t seem to make a difference. Perhaps the Colts should dump or trade those guys, keep Manning, and build a real defense so Manning doesn’t have to throw for 400 yards to win.

    Brady wins because his no-name, rookie-filled D can stop people just enough to keep a lead. Manning wins because he overcomes his defense’s deficiency.

    Tom Brady breaks the bank and gets an enormous contract from the Patriots and no one knocks it. Peyton Manning wins 4 MVP’s in quite possibly the best solo effort of any decade of football, and everyone wants to dog him for wanting to get paid for his efforts.

    Peyton sets the bar for quarterbacks of the future. I, for one, am glad to have had the opportunity to watch a player of his calibre play this game. I am too young to remember the Montana, Marino, Elway days. Manning is as good or better than all of them. Pay the man whatever he wants. Just let him keep showing us all how it’s done.

  25. maddog111 says: Feb 16, 2011 7:48 AM

    mikebrownmakesmefrown says:
    Feb 15, 2011 8:53 PM
    jersey73 says: Feb 15, 2011 8:09 PM

    @steeltownpride Contract will cripple the Colts? Did Big Ben’s cripple the Steelers???

    @cup1981…You did an amazing job contradicting yourself from one sentence to the next. He can’t win a playoff game, but has a championship ring. Hmmm…how did he win the ring???

    —————————————————-

    He didn’t do a damn thing to win that ring. Dominic Rhodes won Baby Peyton his ring. Peyton is a loser. I’d rather have Max Hall as a QB than Baby Peyton. Who Dey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ———————————————–
    Holy crap, you must actually be the real Mike Brown. And I never believed it when they said real NFL execs read this site. If you can count Mike Brown as a real NFL exec that is.

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