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Peyton Manning wants to get back to work

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Peyton Manning was one of the plantiffs in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL that was settled on the road to the end of the lockout and he shared his reasons for joining the suit in a statement on Monday.

“My objectives were two-fold when joining the group of named plaintiffs in the labor-related lawsuit. First, to show unified strength on behalf of benefiting all players; second, to see a resolution that recognizes the interests of players and management. I believe both objectives have been achieved.”

Manning then turned the page to the one that all football fans have been waiting to see for four months: “I want to get back to work.”

His statement offered no insight into when he might be able to fully get back to work. There were reports last week that Manning might not be ready for the start of training camp because of the aftereffects of his neck surgery. Neither Manning nor anyone from the Colts has seemed particularly worried about Manning’s status, though.

There’s also the little issue of Manning’s contract. He was slapped with a franchise tag before the lockout which would pay him $23.1 million for the 2011 season, but both sides have indicated a desire to come up with a longer term fix. There’s been much speculation on what such a deal would look like and whether or not Manning’s second neck surgery would alter its appearance. With everyone getting back to work, we’re a lot closer to finding out.

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17 Responses to “Peyton Manning wants to get back to work”
  1. semperfi24 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:09 PM

    I think Manning misspoke, what he meant was:

    “My objectives were three-fold when joining the group of named plaintiffs in the labor-related lawsuit. First, to show unified strength on behalf of benefiting all players; second, to see a resolution that recognizes the interests of players and management; third, to see if I could get extra benefits and money for myself. Unfortunately the fans found out about number three so that was disregarded by my camp. I believe the first two objectives have been achieved.”

  2. leftysmoke says: Jul 25, 2011 4:09 PM

    Amen to that! It’s going to be one hell of a year.

    GO COLTS!!!

  3. southcakpanther says: Jul 25, 2011 4:12 PM

    sure you do Peyton……now you say that. why don’t you go make yet another commercial.

  4. wyobroncoboy says: Jul 25, 2011 4:29 PM

    Did they address the issue of the Franchise tag in this CBA? I thought it was added in that the tag could only be used one time per player now!!!

  5. pack93z says: Jul 25, 2011 4:37 PM

    Sans extra benefits of course in the form of being tagless for life. ;)

  6. oscojoe says: Jul 25, 2011 4:38 PM

    Brady gets 18 Million per, you should settle for 19 Million. (Not because you are better)

    Actions speak louder then words Peyton. We will soon see how sincere you are about benefiting “All PLAYERS” & showing”UNIFIED STRENGTH” within your own team, by not taking to much of the salary cap pie.

    I for one won’t hold my breath, thats why you will be in a suite not on the field when the Superbowl comes to Indianapolis this season!

  7. danielstellhorn says: Jul 25, 2011 4:41 PM

    Love all the Peyton Manning haters…U guys are pathetic…

  8. dcbassguy says: Jul 25, 2011 4:54 PM

    Manning will get $20 mil+ per season, until he turns 40.

    P.S. to all those that “would rather have Brady”, when was the last time “Tome Terrific” won a Super bowl, or even better, a playoff game?

  9. dcbassguy says: Jul 25, 2011 4:55 PM

    @wyobroncoboy says: Jul 25, 2011 4:29 PM

    Did they address the issue of the Franchise tag in this CBA? I thought it was added in that the tag could only be used one time per player now!!!

    ____________________________

    Nope, wasn’t changed. The biggest change was that teams can’t use the Transition tag, and Franchise tag in the same year.

  10. southcakpanther says: Jul 25, 2011 4:59 PM

    I just hate him because I would have loved to have him QBing the Panthers over the last decade. Manning envy. If Cam turns out to be a success, I can finally get over my Manning envy.

  11. oscojoe says: Jul 25, 2011 5:39 PM

    Peyton Manning has great stats; By the time his career is over he will own most NFL records for a QB. (Except most TD’s passes in a Season)

    When he gets indcuted into the Hall of Fame; his presenter will talk about all those NFL records.

    Tom Brady’s presenter will talk about his Superbowl appearances, winning record (Regular season & Playoffs) Competativness, ect… but most importantly about his Leadership.

    Thats what seperates Brady from Manning!

    PS: Even Drent Dilfer won 1 Superbowl.

  12. oscojoe says: Jul 25, 2011 5:43 PM

    Peyton Manning has great stats; By the time his career is over he will own most NFL records for a QB. (Except most TD’s passes in a Season)

    When he gets indcuted into the Hall of Fame; his presenter will talk about all those NFL records.

    Tom Brady’s presenter will talk about his Superbowl appearances, winning record (Regular season & Playoffs) Competativness, ect… but most importantly about his Leadership.

    Thats what seperates Brady from Manning!

    PS: Even hos brother ELI & Drent Dilfer won 1 Superbowl.

  13. vermverm says: Jul 25, 2011 5:43 PM

    5 years 82 million 18 million signing bonus
    and then he is done. No Brett Favre swan song.

  14. thingamajig says: Jul 25, 2011 5:47 PM

    Only scheduled to get 23.1 million in 2011 before the lockout. No wonder he sued.

  15. richm2256 says: Jul 25, 2011 5:55 PM

    Did anyone else look at that photo and wonder what Peyton Manning was doing in a Patriot’s “throwback” jersey????

    Had to take a third look!

  16. richm2256 says: Jul 25, 2011 5:57 PM

    By the way, Manning should be forced to sign a deal that pays him $5 a year less than Tom Brady.

    Just sayin’

  17. CKL says: Jul 25, 2011 5:57 PM

    dcbassguy says:
    Jul 25, 2011 4:54 PM
    Manning will get $20 mil+ per season, until he turns 40.

    P.S. to all those that “would rather have Brady”, when was the last time “Tome Terrific” won a Super bowl, or even better, a playoff game?
    ________________________________
    TB has played poorly in his last two playoff games. 99% of Pats fans I know can readily admit this. Peytonophiles can’t admit that the year the Colts won the SB their QB was mostly pathetic in the playoff run other than an epic half in Indy vs my team. Call me when TB wins any SB with a 3 td 7 INT playoff run and we’ll talk.

    I love how he comes out with some statement about it now. Brady spoke during the lockout though it was low key. Brees was at the forefront of the plaintiffs publicly. What happened Manning, Tracey Porter intercepted your comments?

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