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Peyton chase teams have plenty of cap space

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Based on the remaining cap space as of Thursday, the teams left in the Peyton chase have more than enough room to sign the former Colts quarterback to the five-year, $90 million contract he reportedly wants.

(Good thing it’s not about the money.)

The Broncos lead the way with $40 million.  The Titans have $26.2 million in space, and the 49ers have $23.5 million to spend.

The Cardinals, presumably before doing a new deal with tackle Levi Brown, had only $448,000 left.  Even with Brown’s new contract, it could have been tough for the Cardinals to free up the room necessary to sign Peyton, which may have been a factor in Arizona’s exit.

As of Thursday, 10 teams still had more than $20 million in cap space.

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  1. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:20 PM

    You KNOW he wants to bring Dallas Clark with him.

  2. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 16, 2012 9:22 PM

    But do they have 6 rings? Teams with rings don’t want or need this guy.

  3. lionpride10 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:22 PM

    Sorry, you must have still been working on it. Updated now

  4. 69finfan says: Mar 16, 2012 9:23 PM

    I guess Peyton forgot about emphatically stating to all 31 teams outside of the Colts that he absolutely would accept, welcomed and understood an incentive based contract. I guess at 36 the memory is not what it used to be.

  5. eswanny11 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:26 PM

    Thats not fair. These teams have the competitive advantage with that much cap room.

  6. lombardihero says: Mar 16, 2012 9:27 PM

    Okay this now has really turned into a Circus. Send in the Clowns don’t bother their here.

    Let me guess 60 million guaranteed for a 36 year old QB that had neck surgery and one serious hit could aggravate it to either he’s out for 6 weeks to the season.

    The funny thing is the person who had the longest to think about this (Irsay) decided it was time to move on.

    I never thought I would see Peyton Manning in such a side show…

  7. profootballwalk says: Mar 16, 2012 9:31 PM

    Colt fans on the Indy Star sports page sound like the guy whose one hot girlfriend broke up with them, and now they keep taking about her to his friends. You know, the pathetic guy.

  8. fasteddy415 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:31 PM

    If it aint broke dont fix it. Bring back Alex, make a offer Wallace cant refuse and add more depth.

    Manning sounds nice and all…but one whack can end his season.. I’m not down with that..

  9. zackattack006 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:32 PM

    Who cares?! Give us real news!!!

  10. slowclyde86 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:36 PM

    What are the odds that the teams he wants to play for have lots to spend? Gotta be one-in-a, what, one?

  11. blaz0037 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:36 PM

    pssst……hey you……come close….Its going to be Houston. It will happen soon. Just don’t tell Shaub yet.

  12. gacoltfan says: Mar 16, 2012 9:36 PM

    69finfan – don’t take what an NFL gossip sight says to be factual.

  13. buccityboy says: Mar 16, 2012 9:38 PM

    What time has ESPN scheduled the decision special?

  14. time2speakup says: Mar 16, 2012 9:38 PM

    Hold up. Run that one by me just once more, please: he is 36, has had x-number of surgeries already in the immediate region of the spinal column, where one good hit (or one half of one “cheap-shot”) and he’s done, and he wants what again? You did say a significant portion of it “guaranteed” right?
    You’re kidding!

  15. tebowsgonnagitya says: Mar 16, 2012 9:41 PM

    I’m here to tell you. This decision will move the Superbowl wins up by a year…. and poor Tebow gets stuck down in Miami playing ball.

  16. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 16, 2012 9:41 PM

    Of course it’s not about the money. He doesn’t need the money. It’s about the rings. The money is just a nice bonus… And people wonder why I can’t stand Peyton Manning. As phoney as they come…

  17. mrslay1 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:42 PM

    Irsay was never sober long enough to think about it. Any QB in the league can go down with one good hit. Maybe folks should remember who holds the second longest starting streek in the NFL.

  18. nineroutsider says: Mar 16, 2012 9:46 PM

    9ers only have 18+ mil (18.5?) in cap space…the Rogers signing wasn’t oficial until today.

    Not sure how that is enough cap room. He wants 18/yr. I know they can structure it all sorts of ways, but should they? They are young in a lot of positions. They need to sign another halfway decent WR and any other position they are short on + draft picks.

    I will be excited if they sign Peyton, but he needs to take a contract that will allow them to put all the other pieces in place. I don’t want Pay-me-a-ton sapping the team dry. They can win with Alex and he will get better in Harbaugh’s system.

    If Peyton takes a 9er style contract…watch out!

  19. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 16, 2012 9:47 PM

    Anybody that is giving Manning $90 mil over 5 years with gobs of that guaranteed in the first two needs to have their head examined. Half that would still be shaky.

  20. totallyuselessme says: Mar 16, 2012 9:49 PM

    Have you not read the reports, lombardihero? Peyton could go out and play at 100% tomorrow, let alone by September.

    He’s easily one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and many people have had the surgerical procedures he has – including people in more physical positions (linebackers, namely) and made full recoveries with no lingering issues.

    Peyton is fully healthy, as his physicals have shown, and he’s still Peyton Manning,as his workouts have shown, and he’ll still make very average WRs look incredible, as the Colts without him have shown.

    If it walks, talks, smells and throws a football like a top QB, with a history as a top QB, then guess what? It’s a top QB. So he will be paid top QB money.

    Get a clue, and get over it.

  21. zerocool62 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:50 PM

    Dear Mr. Manning,
    please come to the 49ers family. We have already had the two top QBs play for us, the Faithful would love to have you be the 3rd great QB. Our Commander in Chief Mr. Harbaugh knows what it takes to win and loves winning, but most of all as you can see from his sideline actions he LOVES the game of football, he lives and dies on every play. Our team is a perfect 5-0 in Super Bowl we want to give you more rings then your little brother, and we wants rings for the other hand. Our fanbase is great, our stadium may be old and some may incorrectly say “broken down” but the Ol’ girl still has life left in her. Give The ‘Stick the send off she deserves with Hall of Fame QB play.
    In Harbaugh we trust!
    signed: Upper Box section 18

  22. mojomowen says: Mar 16, 2012 9:50 PM

    If the 49ers land Peyton and he stays healthy, they’ll have that 6th ring within a season. With him, and after their draft, they will have no missing pieces. If Manning ends up in a scarlet and gold uniform, notice will have been served . . .

  23. ch8878 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:51 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 16, 2012 9:22 PM

    But do they have 6 rings? Teams with rings don’t want or need this guy.

    ——————————————————

    Really 49ers get him they’ll have 6 rings and be 6-0 in Super Bowls unlike your team 6-2 in Super Bowls.

  24. brutus9448 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:51 PM

    why do you think they’re still in the chase? That and the fact that they don’t have brady in their division

  25. killitandeatit says: Mar 16, 2012 9:52 PM

    Only a little over a month until the draft. The coverage is huge on the entire Peyton “deal”but look at the NFL. They actually tracked the van today on its journey from the airport to Duke University by helicopter ! It was the O.J. deal all over again . Being a 49er fan I do have a dog in this hunt and am shocked the 49ers kept it quiet but the cat is out of the bag. I continue to see the Mannings as east coast/southern based/biased . I don’t see Manning as a fit with our coach who I call the Genghis Khan of current h.c.’s. If he wasn’t all money he would have signed with the 49ers by now. My guess : He will return to his roots and be a Titan.

  26. huejackson says: Mar 16, 2012 9:56 PM

    Manning is going to 49ERS… Contract is being worked out now, Alex Smith is going to Jacksonville

  27. truthfactory says: Mar 16, 2012 9:57 PM

    2 things… Peyton never said he would take an incentive based contract… That was “sources”…

    2. Why is it okay for Brees and Brady to be top paid Qbs, but not Manning? He gave the Colts the option to opt out of his contract, sounds like the next team is getting the same opportunity. If they dont want to take on the risk, just pass and im sure someone else will pick him up. If not either his price will go down, or he’ll be out of the league. Simple as that

  28. jacksaysfu says: Mar 16, 2012 9:57 PM

    A 36 year old Manning with serious health issues is not worth 90 miliion , hell he wont even finish 5 years . No one even knows what kind of QB they’ll be getting.

  29. backstageatapuppetshow says: Mar 16, 2012 9:58 PM

    Welcome to San Francisco Peyton….it’s a no brainer decision!

  30. maxvain says: Mar 16, 2012 9:58 PM

    Its amazing the progression that this story has had:

    Last week Indy cut Peyton because they were unsure of his ability to recover from his injury and perform at a top level. The question has never been if he can throw, because anyone can throw including Chad Henne, the question has always been if he can throw well and throw well for an entire season!

    Last week the discussions were about incentive contracts, and teams protecting themselves from Peyton’s re-injury risk.

    This week before anyone had even seen him throw, TEN and DEN were prepared to offer 60mm over 5y.

    Fast forward to today, after a 20min throw session teams are now prepared to give 5y/90mm with 60mm in the first 2years.

    Anyone else see how crazy this is?

  31. wtfru2 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:58 PM

    This is really getting old. Who cares who he goes to other than 2 or 3 teams that are in the running. It’s turning into Favre story time and will probably end the same, an old man in football taking a beating from a bounty team…..

  32. wipemysweatjackoff says: Mar 16, 2012 9:59 PM

    OK – Here is what you tell Ole’ Peyton – Since I don’t know how you will react when the first back side blitzer smacks you and your head and neck violently snap backward and then forward – you ain’t getting crap guaranteed – do you understand. When I’m comfortable that you can take a hit or two and not have any swelling or soreness as well as numbness in your throwing arm then consider this our test run.

  33. prosourcetalk says: Mar 16, 2012 10:04 PM

    Make it happen Niners!

  34. patsfiend says: Mar 16, 2012 10:08 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says:
    Mar 16, 2012 9:22 PM
    But do they have 6 rings? Teams with rings don’t want or need this guy.

    —————-
    Idiot post of the day. Keeping up the good name for all those Steelers fans out there. Nice work.

    BTW, the Broncos have 2 rings and have been to 6 or so SB’s, nothing to snuff at (unless your a moron Steelers fan.)

  35. beatrixkiddo27 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:09 PM

    Peyton is *not the one, sorry for the typo

  36. kylehealy says: Mar 16, 2012 10:09 PM

    @ eswanny11……what are you talking about? do you understand how the salary cap works? It’s not a “competitive advantage”, every team has the same amount of money to spend every year.

  37. mistersmith22 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:10 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says:
    Mar 16, 2012 9:22 PM
    But do they have 6 rings? Teams with rings don’t want or need this guy.

    ————————

    I hope he signs with SF — so he and the #2 defense in the NFL, which is returning all 11 of its starters, along with Moss and VD and Gore and Crabtree can win the next two Super Bowls.

    Because that will give the Niners 7. And that will finally shut the yaps of these horrid Yinzers.

  38. ruthlssjag says: Mar 16, 2012 10:22 PM

    Teams such as my beloved Jags aren’t spending till they have to (2013). Anyways, my point is these teams with the most cap are likely the ones watching football in January than of course playing.
    Moving on to Peyton, I think he’s had the most success when he “actually” had an explosive RB. He simply cannot do it ALL by himself, he needs a O Line to protect from any hit at this point, a team that’s hungry to win.
    We’ve played the Colts twice a year since the merge, & twice a year we play them tough. Aside from his neck injury, any AFCS fan will tell you “Peyton was in his downfall of his career even before the injury that took place,” so you better be a team stacked at WR & have a good running game serving as his security blanket just in case. Last note, he’s rarely played with a top defense, so a middle-of-the-pack defense will do!

  39. butteredsanta says: Mar 16, 2012 10:27 PM

    ch8878 says:
    Mar 16, 2012 9:51 PM
    steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 16, 2012 9:22 PM

    But do they have 6 rings? Teams with rings don’t want or need this guy.

    ——————————————————

    Really 49ers get him they’ll have 6 rings and be 6-0 in Super Bowls unlike your team 6-2 in Super Bowls.

    Great Post. Amen Brother!

  40. knicks4life says: Mar 16, 2012 10:31 PM

    Buccaneers signing The olb wilberly from raiders

  41. beeronthefridge says: Mar 16, 2012 10:34 PM

    maxvain says: Mar 16, 2012 9:58 PM

    Its amazing the progression that this story has had:

    Last week Indy cut Peyton because they were unsure of his ability to recover from his injury and perform at a top level. The question has never been if he can throw, because anyone can throw including Chad Henne, the question has always been if he can throw well and throw well for an entire season!

    Last week the discussions were about incentive contracts, and teams protecting themselves from Peyton’s re-injury risk.

    This week before anyone had even seen him throw, TEN and DEN were prepared to offer 60mm over 5y.

    Fast forward to today, after a 20min throw session teams are now prepared to give 5y/90mm with 60mm in the first 2years.

    Anyone else see how crazy this is?

    —————————————————————–

    A fool and his money are soon parted!

  42. tlaw21 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:35 PM

    Peyton’s situation is basically Favre 2.0…….ESPN following his white SUV by a helicopter reminded me of 5-0 chasin OJ back in the day LOL

  43. sixburghrules says: Mar 16, 2012 10:35 PM

    Who in the Hell is worth 31M$ for each of the next 2 years? He is getting his money up front b/c he ain’t gonna play more than a year! Gonna milk the next team just like he milk the Indy cow last year! Max 2 years and he is out! I am guessing 1 year!

  44. thcnote says: Mar 16, 2012 10:35 PM

    Count the 9ers out Manning is not playing with Randy Moss. And the 9ers are in the NFC. It’s Broncos or Titans. And just because Manning said its not all about the money doesn’t mean he is going to play for free. If it was all about the money why would he not keep the dolphins in it? I’m waiting MIKE.

  45. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:35 PM

    Amy team that will give him that contract will regret it and wont be able to sign marquee players to help them win

  46. lostsok says: Mar 16, 2012 10:44 PM

    Wow. As a Phin fan I can honestly say I’m an SO glad we didn’t get him, and I was really hoping we would. “It’s not about the money” clearly means, to Peyton, please do SAY its all about the money.

    But…it’s all about the money.

  47. firemarshal1 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:54 PM

    Come on Peyton, now the TRUTH COMES OUT, ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY….. GREED AND CAPITALISM AT ITS BEST.

  48. jasoncnz says: Mar 16, 2012 10:59 PM

    PEOPLE LISTEN: How many times do you need to hear it reported that NUMEROUS DOCTORS (including the great Dr James Andrews) have said that he is AT NO MORE RISK of an injury than ANY OTHER PLAYER.

    As a matter of fact, the doctors say his neck is actually STRONGER now than it was before the fusion. So I beg of you, PLEASE QUIT with all the one hit and he’s done B.S!

  49. miamimike1 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:59 PM

    The neck surgery is not the issue. Some doctors actually say the area is stronger than before. The issue is with the nerves. Will they heal as needed Chris Spielman the Linebacker who is retired had the same surgery and played after with no issues. He was hitting fracture than Manning ever will. I believe there are a couple of linemen who had the surgery as well. Im not 100% on that like I am with Spielman. I find it funny that people really think he would play or doctors and this time HIS doctors would let him play if he could risk serious injury. More than one surgeon who is familiar with the injury and the surgery said he will be fine if he gets him. So everyonwith the bathroom MEDICAL DEGREE PLEASE STOP WITH THE ONE HIT AND HE IS CRIPPLED COMMENTS. I have to think the surgeons and medical staff involved know a bit more than anyone who says otherwise

  50. ep2404 says: Mar 16, 2012 11:01 PM

    Peyton said “don’t nobody loves playing QB more than I do” Greed !!! guest he’s preparing for the future after a vicious hit 24 hour caretaker.

  51. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 16, 2012 11:11 PM

    While no one has any idea whether or not Manning can play to even ‘average’ level, one thing is certain: whoever signs him is getting an expensive, high-maintenance diva.

  52. djaehne says: Mar 16, 2012 11:47 PM

    I guess at 36 the memory is not what it used to be.

    Well, he did have that neck injury, could have bounced the memory box a bit.

  53. adx321 says: Mar 16, 2012 11:57 PM

    eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:20 PM

    You KNOW he wants to bring Dallas Clark with him.

    Clark hasn’t recovered from the wrist injury – shell of his former self unfortunately :(

  54. willisaldon9952 says: Mar 17, 2012 12:44 AM

    The 49ers have 18 mil, not 23.

  55. derekdallas says: Mar 17, 2012 12:49 AM

    I think it’s ironic that Jim Harbaugh was the QB for the 3-13 Colts when Irsay decided it was time to take Manning and say goodbye to Harbaugh….

    Anyway, the dude deserves his money and is no more greedy than any other player or you and me for that matter lol. Just because he says it ain’t about the money doesn’t mean he wants to play for league mininum.

    …and this isn’t even close to Favre 2.0! Peyton wanted to stay with Indy, so even if you want to blame Peyton for the circus (who has laid as low as he can this past week), the “sweepstakes” has only been going on for a week. Remember Favre was out, then in, then went on Fox news, etc. Peyton just wants to play and get paid. Can’t fault the guy for that in my book.

  56. daknight93 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:00 AM

    How does Alex Smith feel now, knowing 9ers want peyton…it would be funny if Alex leaves and 9ers fail to get peyton, but Tom Condon and his high profile clients including Alex Smith are all in limbo waiting on peyton’s decision where to sign…we all look forward to this soap opera to end soon.

  57. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:12 AM

    F#@$ Peyton manning! !!!! Choke artist!!!

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