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Report: Bud Adams was willing to pay Peyton $25 million a year

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When he signed with the Broncos, Peyton Manning got a contract that will pay him a little more than $19 million a season. But Manning could have made significantly more than that.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, if Manning had decided to make it all about the money, he could have gotten $25 million a year from the Titans.  Owner Bud Adams never made any secret that he desperately wanted Manning to return to Tennessee, where he had been a college star in the 1990s.

Mortensen didn’t say who his source was for that nugget, but it sounds like something Tom Condon, the agent for both Manning and Drew Brees, would want to put out there as the ongoing negotiations between Brees and the Saints approach the critical July 16 deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contracts. With the Saints and Brees not seeing eye-to-eye on the parameters of a long-term deal, it’s good public relations for the Brees camp to get the word out that at least one other quarterback has been offered much more money than the Saints are offering Brees.

What the Saints are offering is reportedly a contract that would pay Brees $19.25 million a year, just barely more than the Broncos are paying Manning and the highest average salary for any contract in NFL history. But Brees reportedly wants more than $20 million a year.

Or about 80 percent of what Adams was willing to pay Manning.

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48 Responses to “Report: Bud Adams was willing to pay Peyton $25 million a year”
  1. skinsfan91 says: Jul 10, 2012 5:55 PM

    Breesy is greedy.

  2. panamon says: Jul 10, 2012 6:01 PM

    Manning was a free agent, not the same situation at all. It also would have been a mistake and I doubt it was many years of “$25 million per year”. Brees should be happy if he gets two years of 23 million considering how absurdly high that is.

  3. daisymaytr says: Jul 10, 2012 6:01 PM

    Um, how is this Condon trying to paint Brees in a good light? He’s saying Peyton didn’t take the most money, he went with the best team for him. How does this at all make Brees look good for demanding more and more money?

    Confused.

  4. firstvictory says: Jul 10, 2012 6:02 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

  5. ironhawk says: Jul 10, 2012 6:06 PM

    I like Brees but he doesn’t deserve to be the highest paid QB of all time.

  6. ghengy says: Jul 10, 2012 6:06 PM

    There was no way Peyton was coming back to the state of Tennessee to play football. Talk about a 3 ring circus! Course that would have finally made my season tickets worth something but I’m happy with the decision he made.

  7. bosshoghussla says: Jul 10, 2012 6:06 PM

    Bud Adams says a lot of things….doesn’t mean he was going to give $25 per each year.

    I don’t think any professional athlete’s behavior over the past year could be any more alienating than Drew Brees…he seems to have a bit of a God complex, and he is not nearly smart or savvy enough to pull it off.

    But the real question is…if the media told you there were WMD’s in Iraq, would you believe Bud Adams offered $25 Mil.?

  8. joshm5683 says: Jul 10, 2012 6:09 PM

    Manning was a free agent correct, but so is Drew Brees. Only difference is Brees got the franchise tag and Manning didn’t. I know the circumstances were different and Manning was released so obviously they weren’t going to tag him, but technically they were both FAs.

  9. shoestorm says: Jul 10, 2012 6:10 PM

    If a guy who sat out all season and has a losing career playoff recorded is worth $25 million/yr…..what would Tebow be worth on the open market?

  10. coltsluckdynasty says: Jul 10, 2012 6:10 PM

    Imagine that, drew brees not willing to sacrifice just a little to help the TEAM… I guess in this day and age, some people forget about the team concept! I will say manning was about money, but he was always willing to re-work his contract to help the team sign players! Go ahead, thumbs down this, but in the end, I am right.. Drew brees is a money hungry tool…. It becomes hard to field an entire team once you “pay the man.” I will give drew credit, he knows when a franchises backs are against the wall, and using the entire bounty gate to his leverage…. That makes for a horrible teammate!! Say something negative about this, it doesn’t matter, he is a B@&#h…

  11. kindbass says: Jul 10, 2012 6:13 PM

    So he turned down the team that offered the most, where they name streets after him, and he turned down the team that’s most ready to win (49ers). I don’t get it. Why Denver?

  12. cincinnasti says: Jul 10, 2012 6:20 PM

    panamon says: Jul 10, 2012 6:01 PM

    Manning was a free agent, not the same situation at all. It also would have been a mistake and I doubt it was many years of “$25 million per year”. Brees should be happy if he gets two years of 23 million considering how absurdly high that is.

    __________

    Is it really that absurd? Look at what Drew Brees means to the Saints. Considering that.. Did you know Kobe Bryant makes $25 million a year? Did you know that A-Rod clears $30 million a year? Did you take in to consideration that Drew Brees plays in the NFL? The one that has the largest off season of the three major sports?

  13. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 10, 2012 6:22 PM

    Take that Bud!!! Ya jerk!!!

  14. mrtexaseconomics says: Jul 10, 2012 6:24 PM

    Hard to believe that “Bottom Line Bud” would pay that kind of money to anyone.

  15. nygmenruleny says: Jul 10, 2012 7:55 PM

    IF the Saints are offering to make him the highest paid player in the NFL and Brees is saying that he wants more, he is nothing but a greedy, self absorbed, delusional jack wagon. If, on the other hand (and as had been said many times here) he is simply waiting for the last minute so sign because he can still talk to his head coach, he is just plain brilliant at scheaming the system here. Not real sure which it is.

  16. brintfatre says: Jul 10, 2012 8:00 PM

    The real translation is that Manning thinks he has a better chance against the Chargers than the Texans.

  17. sixburghrules says: Jul 10, 2012 8:03 PM

    They are offering him good money! He just isn’t getting the upfront money that Peyton got (which was STUPID by the Broncos) Whiney ass football stars! We shall see how this all works out for the Aint’s. They will be in the cellar again this year

  18. fmwarner says: Jul 10, 2012 8:26 PM

    cincinnasti says: Jul 10, 2012 6:20 PM

    Is it really that absurd? Look at what Drew Brees means to the Saints. Considering that.. Did you know Kobe Bryant makes $25 million a year? Did you know that A-Rod clears $30 million a year? Did you take in to consideration that Drew Brees plays in the NFL? The one that has the largest off season of the three major sports?

    =================================

    It’s completely irrelevant to compare NFL salaries to those of other sports. NFL salaries are always less than NBA and MLB. MLB teams need only spread their payroll over a roster of 25 players (and don’t have a salary cap), and NBA teams over a roster of 12 players. Obviously they’re going to make more.

  19. andrewsherylandharry says: Jul 10, 2012 8:27 PM

    I am not sure that I would use the judgement of Titan’s owner, Oscar winner Jessica Tandy, as any sort of justification!

  20. Andre's Johnson says: Jul 10, 2012 8:33 PM

    God, he’s ugly.

  21. censoredpost says: Jul 10, 2012 8:36 PM

    I like Brees a lot. I have even defended most of what he has said but this is getting redonkulous. 20 mil a season in pay alone is plenty. Take the bag of money. Drew your reputation isn’t worth the couple extra mil, that in addition will cost your team a good player down the line.

  22. mrbigass says: Jul 10, 2012 8:41 PM

    Tiki is…….well, you know.

  23. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 10, 2012 8:55 PM

    Peyton has always had a lot of respect for Jeff Fisher. I’m sure seeing the way Bud Adams took over head coaching duties (picking the starting quarterback, etc.) raised countless red flags.

  24. blazertop says: Jul 10, 2012 9:03 PM

    LOL at these people who dog Bud. Bud had the worst deal of any NFL owner back in the early 90s. Any one of you in the same position would have moved the team also. Maybe your “texans” will finally win more than 10 games in their ELEVENTH season.

  25. spellingcops says: Jul 10, 2012 9:03 PM

    shoestorm says: Jul 10, 2012 6:10 PM

    If a guy who sat out all season and has a losing career playoff recorded is worth $25 million/yr…..what would Tebow be worth on the open market?
    ————————————————–
    Still nothing, because he still sucks*

    *As a QB; as a football player and human being, he’s pretty damn respectable.

  26. joyjoy69 says: Jul 10, 2012 9:08 PM

    MDS – VERY bad form guessing about another press-man’s source… karma is instant in your business…

  27. abninf says: Jul 10, 2012 9:13 PM

    Brees should get his union pals together, dress up in costumes, make up signs and do a protest march. Getting arrested on purpose for a photo op of course.

  28. shutupbrees says: Jul 10, 2012 9:14 PM

    Christ, even an article about Peyton Manning is really about Drew Brees. The media is doing a great job of making everyone hate Brees with their Favre-like media suffocation

  29. patsfiend says: Jul 10, 2012 9:16 PM

    I would have liked to see Peyton in Tennessee. That would have been cool. And, he could have put it to the Colts, to boot. Too bad.

  30. ampats says: Jul 10, 2012 9:21 PM

    Imagine if the Titans signed Manning and this season when the Titans beat the Colts, Adams could flip off Irsay !! Classic NFL live.

  31. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Jul 10, 2012 9:34 PM

    Only the first year of Manning’s contract ($19M) is guaranteed at this point. How is that stupid of the Broncos?

  32. phillyb6 says: Jul 10, 2012 9:41 PM

    Chris “I might rush for 1,000 yards this year” Johnson is thrilled to hear this…

  33. yahmule says: Jul 10, 2012 9:51 PM

    Piss on Bud Adams.

  34. retaeyssup says: Jul 10, 2012 10:01 PM

    Brint – until the Texans have a winning record against Manning you need not make yourself look any more ignorant. He dominated them for a decade. They haven’t beaten the Colts twice in a season nor have they beaten the Colts at home. Child please.

  35. cappa662 says: Jul 10, 2012 11:01 PM

    Lies. He couldn’t even open the wallet for Haynesworth or Chris Johnson or Cortland Finnegan.

    Tennessee operates in the cheap. He means 1 million in the first year, 2 million in the 2nd year, 3 million in the 3rd year… and 94 in the 4th year (if he doesn’t get cut). Cheap cheap cheap!

  36. mrtexaseconomics says: Jul 11, 2012 12:02 AM

    Bud could have gotten a good deal in Houston but he burned too many bridges and alienated too many people over the years. It hurt losing the Oilers, but I think Houston will win a Super Bowl before the Titans. Plus Texans owner Bob McNair is a first class guy who represents the city well.

  37. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 11, 2012 2:16 AM

    I don’t get why Brees is getting crucified on here. Look, I dislike him and every other member of the 2009 Saints that stole a Super Bowl from me. However, if Brees thinks he’s worth more than 19 million a year, let him test the market, or pony up the money. If the Saints don’t give him 20 million, 20 other teams may or will. Teams spend crazy money in free agency and Brees would get closer to 25 than 20 million. All it takes it one team who thinks they are a QB away from the Super Bowl.

  38. soforizo says: Jul 11, 2012 5:09 AM

    Call me greedy but I would’ve gone with the $25 mil, that aside Colts-Titans would’ve been good TV.

  39. richkotitte says: Jul 11, 2012 7:29 AM

    Brees is too short to get over 20 million a year.

    Brees production will be down without Payton holding the clipboard and Gregg Williams taking out knee caps on the other side of the ball.

    This has 8-8 written all over it.

  40. snowpea84 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:30 AM

    I think it’s pretty ridiculous that the Ravens didn’t take a serious run at Manning.
    Imagining that team with him is a scary thought. (As opposed to Joe “I guess if we win I had nothing to do with it” Flacco.)

  41. chuckxx says: Jul 11, 2012 7:59 AM

    GREED is starting to get the better of these players. I find it quite disgusting. They make more in a single year than 99% of us make in our working lifetimes!!!!!!!!!

  42. thatmulekicks says: Jul 11, 2012 9:04 AM

    An agent “leaking” this info now that the Brees negotiations have stalled is laughable and quite douchey and questionable.

    That “$25″ number could have had so many strings attached to it that who knows what the real number was. I am sure that the Saints yawned when they had that brought up in the negotiations.

    Jerry Jones…yes; Bud Adams….highly unlikely even with the optics.

    All the Saints can do is sit and wait or give in. I don’t think that they or most teams in the NFL have a legit plan B.

  43. humpofdc says: Jul 11, 2012 9:05 AM

    They better pay him. After all the negative press, they need Drew. If he sit’s out, they would be the Aint’s again…brown bags and all!!!

  44. sportsstink says: Jul 11, 2012 9:29 AM

    Of course, after he paid $25M to a player who was still recovering from a possible career-ending, the prices for everything in the stadium would have went up. Pass through costs. Gotta love it.

    The NFL economic system is a joke.

  45. 16x8equal49ers says: Jul 11, 2012 10:04 AM

    Brees doesn’t play well outdoors in cold and or wet winter weather. Tell me why he should be the highest paid QB in history.

  46. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Jul 11, 2012 12:09 PM

    kindbass says:Jul 10, 2012 6:13 PM

    So he turned down the team that offered the most, where they name streets after him, and he turned down the team that’s most ready to win (49ers). I don’t get it. Why Denver?
    ———————————————-
    Two words – John Elway. He could relate to Manning on a level that nobody else could. HOF QB in the twilight of his career looking for a ring or two to go out on a high note. Elway knows what that requires. They also have a defense that is pretty good and is improving, a defensive-minded, player-friendly head coach, an offensive coordinator who is able to adapt an offense to accommodate even a BAD quarterback’s skill set, a strong running game, a good, young and improving offensive line, a city with great weather (seriously, anyone that says Denver is a “cold-weather” is insane), good friends in Todd Helton and Brandon Stokley who have made Denver their home for several years, the Rocky Mountains, the great outdoors…

  47. daveman8403 says: Jul 11, 2012 2:06 PM

    Drew Brees doesn’t play well in cold or wet winter weather? He played at Purdue. just because the saints lost to chicago in 2006 doesn’t mean he doesn’t play well. every dome team plays better in a dome.

  48. backindasaddle says: Jul 11, 2012 9:25 PM

    Nice Choppers Bud!

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