Peyton says he hasn’t thought about reworking his contract

AP

Peyton Manning’s media comments immediately will be gleaned for clues about his immediate future.  Specifically, if and when he’ll be able to practice and play.

But the Colts face a big decision in late February; namely, whether to pay Peyton another $28 million, in the form of an option bonus.  The only way to avoid the payment is to cut him, unless Peyton agrees to delay the date on which the money comes due.

During his Friday media session, Manning was asked whether he would rework the terms of his contract.

“Certainly there will be a time and a place to address it,” Manning said, via a full transcript prepared by the Indianapolis Star.  “I think a lot of questions answer themselves in this next three months, if you will. . . .

“So I just haven’t thought about anything beyond following the doctor’s orders and being in a good position at this checkpoint. So contract, 2012 draft, anything beyond that is just something that I haven’t thought about.  I’m sure there will be a time when I need to think about it more but it’s just not the time right now.  I just haven’t put the thought into it.”

Frankly, there isn’t much thought that needs to be put into the question of whether Manning would delay the due date for his $28 million option bonus.  It’s something that can be done at no cost to Manning, and if he truly wants to stay in Indianapolis he should do it without hesitation or contemplation.

41 responses to “Peyton says he hasn’t thought about reworking his contract

  1. If I’m Manning I’m looking New York. Jets already have a decent team in place, scary how good they’d be with a decent quarterback, let alone an all-time great.

    If you can’t beat em Rex, have em join you.

  2. Unfortunately Jim Irsay needs to be better than everyone. Despite knowing about Peyton’s potential health problems, he had to make him the highest paid quarterback in the league so on paper Manning is “better” than Brady.

    Why they ever offered him this absurd contract is beyond me. Peyton shouldn’t push the date because Irsay is impulsive. Irsay made a commitment and he should have to live with it. It’s not like the neck problems came out of no where.

  3. Manning always thought about himself, that’s why he eats 30% of the cap, that’s why he didn’t tell the team early on how bad his situation was and that’s why the colts only have one superbowl. Also why they can’t win a game without him.

  4. This will be the proving point on whether he wants to stay or not. If he wants to be in Indy, he extends bonus timetable. If not, well…we all know where i am going with this.

    Extend it Peyton, we obviously need you in Indy!!!!!!! Well…plus a lot more, but we will get there.

  5. I don’t think you made him look enough like an old geezer in that picture. Please try again.

  6. why?
    If Indy may cut him then it is in his best interest to find a new team as quickly as possible.
    Learning a new system would take time and he has always thought OTA’s and minicamps were very important — wouldn’t want to miss them.
    Additionally why would he push back the date the bonus is due only to potentially make a trade more likely? He would be much better off picking a new team himself, and not making any new team give up assets in a trade.

  7. Why would you think about losing $28M, I wouldn’t. Don’t think about it, do nothing and it will just come to you. Now doesn’t that sound like a good plan.

  8. why would he rework his contract? If he is cut before the 28 mil is due, he will have no problem finding another team to pay him 20+ mil/yr

  9. trbowman says: If I’m Manning I’m looking New York. Jets already have a decent team in place, scary how good they’d be with a decent quarterback, let alone an all-time great.

    Except that the Jets run an offense that is pretty dissimilar to the one the Colts have been using for Manning’s tenure. I don’t see Manning adjusting his style toward the Schottenheimer (sp?) plan, and I have my doubts that the Jets could adapt to the Manning offense on the fly. If Manning goes somewhere, and I think that’s a pretty big if, wouldn’t it make more sense for him to go someplace with a similar offensive plan?

    Is there a team out there that runs a similar offense?

  10. I know the odds are increasing that Peyton Manning won’t be finishing his career in Colts colors (if he does indeed continue to play). But, wow, I’m having a hard time with that idea. I know he wouldn’t be the first to end in a different uniform (Montana, Unitas, Naimath, and, of course, Favre). Doesn’t make it easier to accept, though.

  11. Why would/should he be worried about the 2012 draft? I know they might take a QB, but it’s telling to say he’s not worried about the draft. Either A) he has some significant input into the draft or B) he’s looking over his shoulder

  12. Unless the rules have changed, I thought players were only able to rework their existing contracts once every 12 months. Manning just signed the new one this past summer, right? Sounds like they’re on the hook in Feb., unless they cut him.

  13. Considering that #18 is both a QB and an OC I think he takes his system with him. In the case of a team like, say, the Jets, obviosly #18 would bring his “System” with him and the team would evolve.

    Save the money on the OC, just pay the QB.

  14. I’m sure Peyton would love to stay with Indy. I’m also sure Peyton, like everyone else, would love 28 million dollars. The solution isn’t for him to extend the deadline.

    If the Colts don’t want to pay him 28 million at the end of February why would they want to pay him 28 million at the end of March or April? Hopefully his agent advises him to do nothing and let the Colts make the decision.

  15. Key words “If he truly wants to stay” even if healthy this teams a far way from a contender. Its operation rebuild in Indy he isn’t going to stay there. He could go to a team like Seattle, or Denver that would easily be playoff contenders with a healthy Peyton Manning. No way is this guy staying and honestly why would he. Even the most ardent Indy fan should say, you know what this guy took us to a SB he’s been faithful, release him and let himself have a shot to go out on top.

  16. If it were reversed and it was the Colts that had the option to delay a deadline (Say for Peyton to exercise a player option on his contract.) But the delay only benefited the player and not the team, the Colts wouldn’t delay it. The idea that Peyton is “expected” by some on this site to do the Colts some favors is crazy. The Colts signed the contract. Cut him or pay him. I don’t think Peyton will have any trouble finding another QB job in this league. And watch out if he actually gets to play for a good team. We’ve seen now the impact Peyton has on a team. Just compare the Colts record in 2010 with the record this year. I don’t know how you can argue with that. Its clear Peyton is the most valuable player in NFL history. And I’m not even a Peyton fan.

  17. NoHomeTeam says:
    Dec 2, 2011 4:35 PM
    trbowman says: If I’m Manning I’m looking New York. Jets already have a decent team in place, scary how good they’d be with a decent quarterback, let alone an all-time great.

    Except that the Jets run an offense that is pretty dissimilar to the one the Colts have been using for Manning’s tenure. I don’t see Manning adjusting his style toward the Schottenheimer (sp?) plan, and I have my doubts that the Jets could adapt to the Manning offense on the fly. If Manning goes somewhere, and I think that’s a pretty big if, wouldn’t it make more sense for him to go someplace with a similar offensive plan?

    Is there a team out there that runs a similar offense?

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    Like Schottenheimer is going to be an impediment to Manning playing for the Jets. If that were ever to come to pass, Schotty is as good as gone. His salary doesn’t count against the cap, unlike player salaries.

  18. Isn’t there a team that wants Peyton to lead them to a first round playoff loss like he’s done in the majority of his career? The guy doesn’t even have a winning record in the postseason. Overrated.

  19. dexterismyhero says:
    Dec 2, 2011 4:13 PM
    You could actually write $28,000,000.00 acros that huge forehead.

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    By contrast, poor Dexter can’t even write $1 across his tiny pecker.

  20. As a medical doctor my prognosis for Mr. Peyton Manning is not good. I doubt he will ever play another meaningful down in the NFL. The process of aging and spinal cord deterioration has already taken it’s toll on his central nervous system. He should be thankful that he can walk talk and enjoy his family. To think he will ever be an effective quarterback in the future is unrealistic.

  21. I doubt Manning is going to play again. It’s not the type of injury that a 35 or 36 year old quarterback comes back from in the NFL. One hit and he could be crippled. For a guy with his kind of cash, do you want to play another year or two, or watch your kids grow up without watching from a wheelchair? And I believe he has known this for some time, but got a nice big fat check anyway. Colts knew about this and are complicit in it, to save their season ticket base and the suck for Luck campaign.

  22. Just FYI, Tom Moore is a Jets consultant so I dont think it would be too hard to develop an offense Manning would be comfortable with. Plus he can live on Eli’s couch. Rex has always complimented Manning when he knocks Brady.

  23. Media, Media, Media. When will you ever learn about this Manning/Colts relationship?

    The reason he doesn’t have to worry about it is because he doesn’t NEED to worry about it.

    I’ll pull a Namath and guarantee the Colts have Manning as HC soon, with Luck as his starting QB/pupil, end of story.

    So, yeah. Pretty much can stop worrying about the Colts paying Manning and so on…unless you’re just trying to generate more hits. (Like your doing with the good name of a certain, popular Denver QB to get page views, and HOW)

  24. No way Indy pays 28 mil delayed or not ….. Manning is coming off a serious injury & the risk is simply too high ……

    Plus, no other team will sign Manning to a mega-deal once Indy releases him ….. Peyton may have to live on a reduced salary of 10 mil or even less ….

  25. if Luck declares and they have the first pick, they may take the risk and cut him to save the 28M….

    trouble is: dude had spinal fusion…. he may never play again, or might end up being glass…

    if the Colts cut him and he decides to continue playing… some big market in QB need will give him a significant contract…. Eagles, Dolphins, Jets Vikings, Broncos….

    it would be craaaaazy seeing him in a Jets uniform… think about that… ewwwwwwwww

  26. I feel pretty conflicted here….on the one hand, the Colts were IDIOTS when they gave Manning this contract BEFORE he’d even been cleared from the surgery. On the other hand, Manning could…as an act of good faith, move the deadline back. But, that’s only if he gives a #$%& about the team.
    When it comes to millions and millions of dollars, when is “enough enough?” How much has he made during his NFL career??? It’s not like Manning’s only been making $50K per year and being asked to give up over $20 million.
    So, to sum it up….colts= idiots, manning= always looking out for himself first and formost.

  27. I get so sick of people saying this team is in major rebuild mode. Please educate yourselves and go look at their roster from 2009 (just 2 years ago). It’s almost exactly the same. That team was 14-0 and went to the superbowl. You all need to just accept the reality that Peyton Manning is JUST THAT GOOD!

  28. jasoncnz – wrong..the defense stinks and has gotten worse over the past 2 years..also, you aren’t including all the injuries..and the fact that ANY team that losses their starting QB basically a week before the start of the season is going to be bad………….sorry

  29. ….no….he’s not that good…he’s over-rated….even when healthy obviously he isn’t “that good”….just look at his mediocre playoff record…….oh…but it is a team sport right???….typical Colt fan excuse….LOL

  30. political b.s. while one would think the hundred some million they have paid him recently would be enough for him to unilaterally delay the payment until his team knows whether he can play.

    but that’s not what’s going to happen. with his people, its all about the money, despite the fact there’s already enough for 20 generations of mannings. remember eli archie and the draft? classless, but the media never made them the villians….

    another future republican candidate, and probably future governor; but of which state? my guess is tennessee…. those folks are too nice for their own good sometimes and would think of him as their own….

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