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Irsay says he’s not upset about paying Peyton $26 million for nothing

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If you’re only going to follow one sports-related Twitter page, follow the Twitter page of Colts owner Jim Irsay.  It’s the perfect blend of news, song lyrics, and cryptic clues.

This morning, Irsay is addressing the Peyton Manning situation.  Specifically, Irsay uses the platform to dispel an apparent rumor that Irsay isn’t happy that he paid Manning many millions in 2011.  Here’s the full text of the tweet:  “Knowing medical situation last yr. n still paying $26,000,000.00 to #18,I’ve no regrets.It was right thing2do,I’m not pissed,contrary2rumor.”

By pointing to a rumor that we hadn’t heard and that we’ve yet to find reported anywhere, Irsay has given the story unnecessary legs.  Irsay also seems to suspect the dissemination of false info, unless this subsequent tweet comes from a tune with which I’m not familiar:  “Some1’s got it n 4 me,they’re planting stories in the press…whoever it is,they better cut it out quick,but when they will,I can only guess.”

If someone deliberately is putting out the rumor that Irsay is upset that he paid Peyton $26 million for nothing in 2011, it would be appropriate for Irsay to wonder whether it’s coming from Peyton or someone close to him.  Based on Manning’s Monday night interview with Bob Kravitz, it’s obvious that Peyton has fired the first shot in a battle for the hearts and minds of Colts fans in advance of the looming divorce.

Then there’s the fact that Irsay has created a flock of potential enemies over the past few weeks by firing a head coach, assistant coaches, a G.M., and a Vice Chairman.  Any, some, or all of those folks could be sharing with members of the media their own stories about things they witnessed or perceived behind closed doors last season, while the Colts sank to the bottom of the league and the money paid to Manning did nothing to make a difference.

Regardless, the Irsay Twitter page likely will become more interesting before it gets any less interesting between now and March 8, the date on which another $28 million will be paid to Peyton Manning.

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50 Responses to “Irsay says he’s not upset about paying Peyton $26 million for nothing”
  1. dolphindad says: Jan 25, 2012 10:00 AM

    I’m sure he’s not. Dude probably still made Millions $$$$$ in Peyton jersey sales and season tickets sales. funny how they didn’t announce he wouldn’t be playing until all the season ticket payments were due.

  2. benh999 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:01 AM

    So, signing a QB in his mid 30s to the most lucrative contact ever in the NFL without the player taking a physical and including an option bonus to be paid before the start of the league year, requiring contract renegotiation just to make trading him a possibility is not something Irsay is upset with?

    My money says that the moronic Manning contract was a big part of why he sent the Polians packing.

  3. geniusesq says: Jan 25, 2012 10:03 AM

    Because it’s not for nothing. The fact that that crap team could barely win a game proves he’s worth all of that and then some.

    Hell, max the Salary Cap on him since he’s essentially the entire team.

  4. mialto says: Jan 25, 2012 10:04 AM

    Peyton will get more in endorsements and cash on this contract…good for him! Good for him!

  5. notalib says: Jan 25, 2012 10:08 AM

    The great thing about the Colts is that they are owned by The Irsays which guarantees that they will eventually implode and once again be a laughing stock in this league.

  6. sbakernc says: Jan 25, 2012 10:08 AM

    Bob Dylan’s “Idiot Wind” from “Blood on the Tracks”. It’s the same song that Hootie and the Blowfish lifted a whole stanza from.

  7. jarheadjed says: Jan 25, 2012 10:09 AM

    Irsay also seems to suspect the dissemination of false info, unless this subsequent tweet comes from a tune with which I’m not familiar: “Some1′s got it n 4 me,they’re planting stories in the press…whoever it is,they better cut it out quick,but when they will,I can only guess.”

    Bob Dylan song lyrics from “Idiot Wind”

  8. wizahdry says: Jan 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    Of course he is mad no matter what he says. Paying someone 26 million who didn’t play at all for an entire year sucks. That’s why there is no choice but to release him. I think ppl will criticize releasing Peyton with out taking into account that he already got a year off with pay. The fact that Manning states he is still “healing” a year later makes the move a no brainer.

    Given that #18 did that interview criticizing the current atmosphere at the Colt’s facility makes me side more with ownership. If Manning want’s to stay in Indy so bad why doesn’t he agree to restructure his contract or extend the time before the bonus is due. He expresses concern that so many team mates are or will be gone. a big reason for this was paying his big salary. Mr. Colt sure isn’t giving his team any financial breaks given his long term health concerns.

    I believe Irsay will release Peyton and he will be completely justified. no one on this board would run a business where they are paying someone more than any one else in their field with no production in return.

  9. guestsinger says: Jan 25, 2012 10:12 AM

    Oh the drama! Wake me up when there is some real news.

  10. karlton2 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:12 AM

    “Some1′s got it n 4 me,they’re planting stories in the press…whoever it is,they better cut it out quick,but when they will,I can only guess.”

    That’s ‘Idiot Wind’, by Bob Dylan.

  11. marvsleezy says: Jan 25, 2012 10:13 AM

    I can not tolerate the Irsay tweets. He seems like a drunk scatter brain. The tweets bring no value. Sorry, but im not looking for crytic clues from some hair brained rich guy who has nothing better to do.

  12. combatjazz says: Jan 25, 2012 10:15 AM

    He’s quoting “Idiot Wind” by Bob Dylan.

  13. Dean Keaton says: Jan 25, 2012 10:17 AM

    I’m just shocked Manning hasn’t taken a hammering in the media for actually taking the $26M. How can anyone in good faith sign that contract when they know there is a possibility that they will never play again???

  14. blue18hutthutt says: Jan 25, 2012 10:18 AM

    You are a real piece of work you know that? The next few months of listening to you speculate and foster rumors then peddle it as though they were “fact” is going to be unbearable.

    Everyone knows you hate Peyton Manning – you yourself have admitted it on numerous occasions before NBC made you have to be politically correct about every player but your disgusting, weasel attitude towards one of the all time greats still shines through.

  15. cclaser says: Jan 25, 2012 10:21 AM

    Irsay should right the check again for the bonus. Peyton lined his pockets with millions and greatly increased the franchise value. Taking a horrible franchise to an unheard of 7 consecutive 12 win seasons and 9 consecutive playoff appearances. That is Peyton pulling the lever on the cash register for tweetie.

  16. cleverbob says: Jan 25, 2012 10:22 AM

    Oh hey, did anyone mention yet that those are Bob Dylan lyrics?

  17. 4gone says: Jan 25, 2012 10:36 AM

    Manning is a great QB but by insisting he be the highest paid Player by far he handcuffed the team by them not being able to pay for talent to put around him. It really showed this year.
    The Colts are a poorly run team and Irsay is nuttier than a rat in a coffee can but March 8th can’t come soon enough for Indianapolis. Time to start over.

  18. calminknowledge says: Jan 25, 2012 10:38 AM

    Sweet Dylan reference Irsay. Mike, i’ll make you a mix tape, catch you up on some of the better artists/songs of your generation. ;)

  19. permiepoo says: Jan 25, 2012 10:42 AM

    Oh, I should also add that the actual *title* of this very post is fostering the very rumor you say you haven’t heard!

    “Irsay says he’s not upset about paying Peyton $26 million for nothing.”

    Yeah, if you define “nothing” as taking a franchise from a perennial laughing stock to one of the most dominant and consistent teams the NFL has ever seen, then yes Irsay paid him for “nothing.”

  20. LoCoSu@%s says: Jan 25, 2012 10:46 AM

    Lowell Cohn needs to talk to Irsay if he wants to communicate with a 11 year old

  21. silverhornet says: Jan 25, 2012 10:49 AM

    Not sure what’s more impressive, the fact that he’s on twitter in and of itself, or the fact that he speaks in those neat abbreviations. Dis X8ng!

  22. cheapseater says: Jan 25, 2012 10:50 AM

    “Idiot Wind” is not one of the better songs of any generation. Love Dylan, but it’s not a good song.

  23. scomibord says: Jan 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    It was Rob Lowe!

  24. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    Irsay obviously ingested way too much acid in the peace,love,dope era of the 1960s! he’s a bigger idiot than his father was at picking talent and running the colts!

  25. arnoldziffel says: Jan 25, 2012 11:12 AM

    Dropped 26 mil on a QB that didn’t play a down all season, and then say it doesn’t bother him?

    Well, then one thing is for sure … Jim’s a guy with LOTS of money ..

  26. gmen1987 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:13 AM

    Time for someone to stand up to the Manning family and send Peyton packing. Let another team and their idiot fans learn that Peyton has taken his last snaps in the NFL.

  27. dynastypats says: Jan 25, 2012 11:21 AM

    Peyton is the ultimate team player is laughable. He has a front loaded contract that is paying him on average $6 mil more a year than Brady. While I like him and want to see him back, but being paid $26 last year and another $24 mil in March doesn’t really help his case. Nothing is prevented him from reworking his deal and taking less.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:24 AM

    Is there anyone else disturbed by seeing an elderly white businessman write in the shorthand 12 year old girls use on their cell phones ?

    Must be nice to have 26 mil to just piss away. Go ahead, pay him the 28 mil that’s coming due for him not to play again. That’s really going to help your franchise prosper.

  29. kissbillsrings says: Jan 25, 2012 11:33 AM

    who cares….it’s the Colts….

  30. vetdana says: Jan 25, 2012 11:34 AM

    Irsay bet the whole farm on Manning and did not get a play out of him! After shilling out 26 mil.,if you don’t think he was more than disappointed, then , friends, you have rocks in your head.They are cleaning house in Indy and that includes Mr. Manning.I will eat my hat if Peyton gets the 28 mil. signing bonus and stays with the Colts !

  31. brutus9448 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:36 AM

    he doesn’t deserve to be an nfl owner. Sand bagging the year so he can get Luck. I hope Luck is a bust.

  32. petehemlock says: Jan 25, 2012 11:47 AM

    Move over, Rex. Here comes another Irsay tweet.

  33. bspurloc says: Jan 25, 2012 11:47 AM

    .
    and he isnt upset for blowing a chance for that RARE undefeated season….
    but the colts are sissies so that chance NEVER existed

  34. bozosforall says: Jan 25, 2012 11:51 AM

    dynastypats says:
    Jan 25, 2012 11:21 AM
    Peyton is the ultimate team player is laughable. He has a front loaded contract that is paying him on average $6 mil more a year than Brady. While I like him and want to see him back, but being paid $26 last year and another $24 mil in March doesn’t really help his case. Nothing is prevented him from reworking his deal and taking less.

    __
    Peyton will always be better than Brady. Something that you loser crybaby Pats fans will never stop crying about. Peyton runs the offense…Brady does what he is told to do, nothing more.

  35. mookiest says: Jan 25, 2012 12:12 PM

    “Irsay also seems to suspect the dissemination of false info, unless this subsequent tweet comes from a tune with which I’m not familiar: “Some1′s got it n 4 me,they’re planting stories in the press…whoever it is,they better cut it out quick,but when they will,I can only guess.””

    If you type those words into Google, it will tell you if they are from a tune with which you are not familiar. Researching ideas in the internet age is kind of cool like that, you should try it sometime.

  36. souldogdave says: Jan 25, 2012 12:18 PM

    $56 million over 2 years for a player on IR who might not make it back.

  37. randyextry says: Jan 25, 2012 12:25 PM

    The refrain of that Dylan song actually applies very well to the author of this post. As Bob would say, “you’re an idiot, babe, it’s a wonder you can even feed yourself.”

  38. 1historian says: Jan 25, 2012 12:50 PM

    Folks it’s pretty plain – choose between the soap opera now playing in indy and the FOOTBALL GAME that is due to be played there in 11 days.

    Or if you choose you can take both.

    Whatever trips your trigger.

  39. skinsrock says: Jan 25, 2012 1:02 PM

    Why should he?? … Manning just got him a nice new stadium built that is going to host a Super Bowl… Think it would of happened (so fast) if the team was 2-6 wins per season like the Vikings?

  40. rufustfireflyjr says: Jan 25, 2012 1:05 PM

    dolphindad says:
    Jan 25, 2012 10:00 AM
    I’m sure he’s not. Dude probably still made Millions $$$$$ in Peyton jersey sales and season tickets sales.

    Revenue from team merchandise and general admission ticket sales are split evenly among the 32 teams, so Manning’s impact on those revenue streams for the Colts was minimal. But revenue from premium seats, seat licences, or luxury boxes isn’t shared, and that’s where the team, in all likelihood, recouped their investment.

    My thinking is that Manning has played his last down as a Colt, and very possibly his last down in the NFL. It doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100% by March 8th, and throwing good money after bad by paying $28 million more to a guy who may never play again, or who may never play at his pre-surgury level of competence, makes zero sense.

  41. smokehouse56 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:12 PM

    The Irsay led Colts were putrid before Manning and will be after Manning. In between he got a #1 and picked Manning. And this is supposed to look like Irsay is a genius? Hardly. Now he has another #1 pick. He’ll pick Luck and pray. When an owner fires everyone in sight you know damn well he is a total moron.

  42. keithchadwick11 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:21 PM

    I am gonna speak for the “silent majority” of Colts fans who feel kinda heartbroken about this whole mess.

    If Peyton stays, I’d be glad to have him back under center next year taking snaps from Saturday. If he goes, I’ll wish him the best, whether he plays or not.

    I hope it’s the former.

  43. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 25, 2012 1:23 PM

    Why would anyone just waste 26 million dollars?

  44. hellswitch says: Jan 25, 2012 1:28 PM

    Peyton made a ton of money to do nothing this year. I’m not a Colts fan but I have a ton of respect for the man and honestly, I think he earned it even if he didn’t throw a ball during the season. He is/was the face of the franchise for many years and his play calling at the snap is as good as any QB can ever get. The man is a stud and a stand up guy. It would be interesting to see how he does in a different offense on another team. He’s a timed/calibration QB, not a scrambler.

  45. drunkenagitator says: Jan 25, 2012 1:33 PM

    That money is a mere drop in the bucket for an NFL owner, they’ll make that cash back in a few days. Manning’s salary is a tiny fraction of the cash he’s brought in over the years for the franchise and the NFL.

  46. tomcous says: Jan 25, 2012 1:43 PM

    Paid Peyton $26 mill … for nothing …

    … maybe he should spend a little at the barber.

  47. flymoe says: Jan 25, 2012 1:43 PM

    Peyton earned every penny even though he didn’t take a snap all year. It’s obvious how good of a QB he is just based on how crappy the Dolts were this year with out him.

    On a side note, after he gets cut this year, I see him coming to Denver for a year or two to train Tebow. You heard it her first folks….

  48. blizzard01 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:56 PM

    learn something new every day- here I thought “Idiot Wind” was about Cutler.

  49. yettyskills says: Jan 25, 2012 2:15 PM

    If you read Guitar Aficionado, you would see that Irsay has a guitar collection the likes you have never seen.

  50. goddamnthatsfunny says: Jan 25, 2012 2:32 PM

    He is already packed just waiting for his walking papers

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