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Source: Peyton, Irsay aren’t “negotiating”

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When speaking to the media on Thursday night, Colts owner Jim Irsay at no point expressly said that he and quarterback Peyton Manning are “negotiating” a revised contract.  But the people who heard what Irsay said, both at WISH-TV and WRTV-TV have characterized Irsay as claiming that negotiations have occurred, and we’ll defer to the folks who were there when Irsay said what he said.  (Besides, Irsay has not yet taken to Twitter to claim that he and Peyton haven’t engaged in any “negotiations.”)

It’s not unreasonable to assume that Irsay was claiming that negotiations occurred, given that Irsay has spoken openly just three days ago about paying Peyton something less than $28 million on March 28.  Given the context, Irsay definitely sounded like he was referring to negotiations when he said this:  “Peyton and I have talked and said that we’d like to just come to something that makes sense for both of us.”

Regardless, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, to the extent Irsay contends that negotiations have occurred regarding the money that Peyton would be paid on a reduced contract, no such negotiations have occurred.  “Numbers aren’t being discussed,” the source said.

We’re also told that there’s a feeling in the Manning camp that Irsay, who three weeks ago chastised Peyton for not keeping his concerns regarding the atmosphere at the team facility “in house,” has been talking “way too much.”  The perception there, and elsewhere, is that Irsay is trying too hard to avoid blame for Peyton’s potential departure.

And so from Tuesday’s comments by Irsay and Wednesday’s report from unnamed sources regarding Peyton’s health and Thursday’s comments by Irsay, it’s hard to claim with a straight face that all is well between Irsay and Peyton — even though Irsay somehow has been able to make that claim with a straight face.

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44 Responses to “Source: Peyton, Irsay aren’t “negotiating””
  1. mialto says: Feb 17, 2012 9:39 AM

    SOURCE: Who cares anymore?

  2. whatnojets says: Feb 17, 2012 9:39 AM

    This is now totally ridiculous! Irsay has lost his mind or is becoming like his father, hitting the juice!

    Please no more posts about Irsay and Peyton Manning for the next few days!

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 17, 2012 9:42 AM

    They are negotiating. Just not his contract. They’re negotiating how they are going to go through with the divorce without hurting the reputation/legacy of either party, or at least minimizing the damage of to each party.

  4. jenniferxxx says: Feb 17, 2012 9:43 AM

    Wow. Irsay is a liar. Who saw that coming? Ummm everyone.

  5. PFTiswhatitis says: Feb 17, 2012 9:51 AM

    Does Irsay actually think anyone believes what he is spewing?

  6. Lev says: Feb 17, 2012 9:53 AM

    Bet Irsay wishes he’d negotiated a physical before that last contract

  7. jtbndy says: Feb 17, 2012 10:09 AM

    “We’re also told that there’s a feeling in the Manning camp that Irsay, who three weeks ago chastised Peyton for not keeping his concerns regarding the atmosphere at the team facility “in house,” has been talking “way too much.””

    Oh the irony.

  8. thenaturalmevs says: Feb 17, 2012 10:09 AM

    Please for the love of God and Football just cut the guy and let’s talk about Andrew Luck, new face of the Colts.

  9. waraggie says: Feb 17, 2012 10:11 AM

    Irsay is on the precipice of making THE biggest decision in franchise history. One that has the potential to alienate a large portion of the fan base. Personally, I’ve interpreteted the majority of Irsays statement as an attempt to communicate with the fans that he wants to do what is best for all parties; the Colts, Peyton, and the fans. Certainly, it has been different fromt he tightly controlled atmosphere that Bill Polian created, but with a few exceptions, Irsay hasn’t said anything out of order.

  10. eyeh8goodell says: Feb 17, 2012 10:13 AM

    Seriously….who cares? It’s just a game. The 24/7 media in its plight to create content have turned the NFL into the WWE. Maybe we should bring in Mean Gene Okerlund to start blogging here too.

  11. paleandpasty says: Feb 17, 2012 10:14 AM

    Where is the unlikely voice of reason, Rob Lowe.

  12. marima07 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:20 AM

    Football for fans is supposed to be an escape? Those two sound like my teenage kids.

    For the love of sanity, just leave us out of it, go negotiate (or not) in private, and let us know what you decide after it’s all figured out.

  13. gbfan says: Feb 17, 2012 10:21 AM

    For Packers fans, this situation is all too familiar. ‘Good news’ and within the span of a few hours there was ‘bad news’. ‘Favre is reporting to camp!” followed by “Favre says ‘This isn’t going to work”. That type of reporting happended every week during the Favre saga. My advice to Colts fans is to shut off ESPN, quit coming to this site, and enjoy watching Andrew Luck next year.

  14. mlawrunner says: Feb 17, 2012 10:24 AM

    When will mom and dad stop fighting?

  15. thetooloftools says: Feb 17, 2012 10:24 AM

    I beginning to think Irsay was told by many people that Payton would be able to play last year. “Mr Everything” turned out to be “Mr Nothing” and the team payed dearly for it. Those people who people are no longer with The Colts. Payton is the last man standing and he will be gone soon too. Mr Irsay cannot waste any more $ or time “hoping” Payton returns. He needs to cut his loses and move on.
    I would.

  16. jgava19 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:30 AM

    What a circus. Release him already. Doesn’t anyone advise Irsay just to shut his mouth?

  17. 3octaveFart says: Feb 17, 2012 10:36 AM

    You guys sure get a lot of mileage out of these “Yes they are – No they aren’t” stories…

  18. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 17, 2012 10:58 AM

    Irsay needs to man up and just release him already. We all know that is where this is heading. Instead he is going to draw it out as long as possible so that it looks like he did “everything he could” to keep Peyton in a Colts uniform.

    Even if they did make the numbers work, neither side benefits from Peyton staying a Colt. The Colts are better off blowing it up and rebuilding with Luck getting game experience in the process. Peyton is better off going to a contender and playing 2-3 more years chasing another championship.

  19. skinsfaninnebraska says: Feb 17, 2012 11:09 AM

    marima07 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:20 AM

    Football for fans is supposed to be an escape? Those two sound like my teenage kids.

    For the love of sanity, just leave us out of it, go negotiate (or not) in private, and let us know what you decide after it’s all figured out.

    ———————————————-

    AMEN!!! Well said.

  20. croghan1919 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:12 AM

    I’m getting 4 wisdom teeth pulled next week. I’m looking forward to that more than the rest of the “reports” of the Colt’s drama that will surely keep coming until March 9th.

  21. biglebronski says: Feb 17, 2012 11:13 AM

    I sort of understand the fear of public backlash over the imminent departure of Peyton. But, it really is not the huge deal that everyone is making it out to be.

    Simply, it’s over. The Colts had a great run with Peyton and it’s time for both sides to move on. With a new G.M. and a new Head Coach, Peyton would have to learn a new offensive system with a rebuilding roster if he were to stay in Indy anyway. There is no reason for the Colts to pay him and no reason for him to want to be a Colt. It’s over.

  22. jimmysimpson55 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:28 AM

    Irsay acts prett tough behind his bodyguard and his unearned fortune from Daddy.

  23. haileli says: Feb 17, 2012 11:31 AM

    Allow me to summarize the sequence of Peyton articles over the last two months.

    They are negotiating.
    No, they aren’t.
    There is no tension.
    There is lots of tension.
    They are negotiating.
    No, they aren’t.

    When there’s an actual, confirmed, honest to God sit-down, let me know. Until then, enough.

  24. jgava19 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:31 AM

    Anyone who thinks Irsay truly wants Manning and Luck on the same team just isn’t in touch with reality. All Irsay is trying to do is make it appear to the fans he is doing his best to retain Manning. No one should be buying this. Colts are clearly rebuilding and 18 is not part of it. I’m a big Manning fan, but larger Colts fan. Thanks Peyton for everything, but it’s time to move forward without you.

  25. goawayeverybody says: Feb 17, 2012 11:32 AM

    Here is all you need to know:

    1. The Colts are taking Andrew Luck with the first overall draft choice. There is no way around that fact. It’s a done deal.

    2. Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning will not co-exist on the same team. It’s not going to happen.

    Therefore…

    3. Peyton Manning’s career as a Colt is now over.

    Did you get the memo?

  26. goawayeverybody says: Feb 17, 2012 11:33 AM

    Here is all you need to know:

    1. The Colts are taking Andrew Luck with the first overall draft choice. There is no way around that fact. It’s a done deal.

    2. Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning will not co-exist on the same team. It’s not going to happen.

    Therefore…

    3. Peyton Manning’s career as a Colt is now over.

    Did you get the memo?

  27. wtfru2 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:39 AM

    This person named “Reliable Source” sure has a lot of relatives………………..

  28. xtb3 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:40 AM

    How many more totally useless stories about this situation?

    Fact is and everyone over the age of 2 months who follows football, everyone knows Colts will release Manning who will play for another team this year.

  29. macbull says: Feb 17, 2012 11:43 AM

    I’m telling you, Irsay is being very irrational and bizarre in his behavior.

    That kind of conduct, especially with someone with his history of alcoholism, indicates the possibility of a relapse.

    I think the media needs to be careful about carry Irsay’s water…jmho

  30. indianajet says: Feb 17, 2012 11:46 AM

    Colts season ticket renewals are due before March 2nd.

    Manning’s going to get cut, but not before that date.

    No way is Irsay going to release Manning before and isk of losing season ticket holders because of the decision.

    This is nothing more then a screw job against the fans.

  31. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Feb 17, 2012 11:50 AM

    Three hours ago they were negotiating….

  32. jgava19 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:58 AM

    Ticket sales are already on the same pace as the last two years. Fans know its either Manning or Luck. That’s why they are still buying like they always do…..they can’t lose.

  33. jgava19 says: Feb 17, 2012 12:02 PM

    The uncertainty swirling around the Indianapolis Colts apparently isn’t being reflected in renewals by season ticket holders.

    “You can only speculate because there’s still a few weeks remaining before the deadline, but we’re tracking similar to last year and the year before,” said Pete Ward, the team’s chief operating officer.

  34. annes22 says: Feb 17, 2012 12:11 PM

    Mr Irsay needs to “growup” and behave like an adult. This is getting so boring, and I am surprised any NFL owner who deals with people everyday would carry on like this.
    Please get it over and done with and let’s move on, so we don’t have to listen to Irsay v Peyton everyday.

  35. guestsinger says: Feb 17, 2012 12:13 PM

    Irsay never used the word negotiate or negotiating. If you all are upset over some of this stuff look at those “reporting” it.

  36. joetoronto says: Feb 17, 2012 12:16 PM

    jgava19 says: Feb 17, 2012 8:52 AM

    You Irsay bashers need to give it a rest. You all sound like whiny little girls. Whaaaa whaaaaa. Just shut it, already.
    *************************************************
    Sure, Jim.

    Hey, instead of wasting time here, go talk to Peyton, like you said you would.

  37. eyeh8goodell says: Feb 17, 2012 12:19 PM

    “Colts season ticket renewals are due before March 2nd.

    Manning’s going to get cut, but not before that date.

    No way is Irsay going to release Manning before and isk of losing season ticket holders because of the decision.

    This is nothing more then a screw job against the fans.”

    Please. Luck hasn’t even played an NFL down yet and he’s already sure to be as big a draw as Peyton regardless of who drafts him.

  38. indyspeedo says: Feb 17, 2012 12:27 PM

    Dear Peyton and Mr. Irsay,
    For the love of God please end this madness! Peyton, you’re a sure first ballot Hall of Famer with a wife and kids. Thanks for all of the memories. Why risk your health? You’ve nothing else to prove. 4 time league MVP, Super Bowl MVP, countless other accolades. Enjoy your life with your wife and kids. Relish the moment that your bust is unveiled at the Hall of Fame and the day that the thousands of fans show up for you when you go into the ring of honor. You will have a brilliant future in anything you decide to do after football. You’re a proven winner.
    Mr. Irsay as a season ticket holder who intends to keep my tickets regardless of who is on the field. I ask that you just man up and release the face of the Indianapolis franchise for the last 14 years. We know as fans that it is a difficult decision. We don’t want to see him play for another team either. Waiting until the 8 of March isnt going to make a difference other than season ticket invoices are due in full prior to that date. Don’t worry about the backlash. The stadium that Peyton built will stay full. We fans thank you for bringing the franchise to a state that was better known for basketball and the greatest spectacle in racing. We thank you for the memories of the great teams that we have enjoyed watching over the years. But enough is enough. The franchise is starting to look like a joke. If we’re going to move on let’s move on Full Speed ahead and not look back. But please end this madness!

  39. chiadam says: Feb 17, 2012 12:39 PM

    If they do negotiate, here is what it will look like:
    Manning – “Pay me the $28 million you agreed to pay me.”
    Irsay – “No. Would you like an authentic ABBA guitar on your way out of town?”

  40. jgava19 says: Feb 17, 2012 12:46 PM

    As much as I would like this circus to be done with, just let due process take its course. Your constant whining about Irsay gets you nowhere. We all know he’s going to get released. March 8th is right around the corner. No way Manning wants to be apart of a team that is rebuilding this late in his career. If you all want what’s best for Manning, you would want him to be apart of a team that has a legitimate chance to go to the Super Bowl.

  41. gostlcards5 says: Feb 17, 2012 1:55 PM

    haileli says: Feb 17, 2012 11:31 AM

    Allow me to summarize the sequence of Peyton articles over the last two months.

    They are negotiating.
    No, they aren’t.
    There is no tension.
    There is lots of tension.
    They are negotiating.
    No, they aren’t.
    ——————————————————

    You forgot…

    Peyton is getting stronger and is throwing harder.
    No, he has a noodle arm.
    I’m sorry….I have a noodle brain (but he still can’t throw).

  42. hooterdawg says: Feb 17, 2012 3:06 PM

    “We’re also told that there’s a feeling in the Manning camp…”

    Who is ‘ the Manning camp’? His agent? His family?

  43. jollyjoker2 says: Feb 17, 2012 6:41 PM

    28 million and I guy is injured and can’t play? Geeze, I guy would have to be on drugs to give this money to him with no strings attached.

  44. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Feb 17, 2012 9:57 PM

    What, no Farve is coming out of retirement stories to boost hits in the offseason?

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