Peyton Manning didn’t want to say much about his pay cut, which could have been even bigger than $4 million he gave back.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos actually asked for more of a concession than the $4 million, before settling on the figure with Manning today.
It’s the first pay cut of Manning’s career, so you can imagine it wasn’t anything he wanted to discuss at length.
“I don’t talk about my contract. I never have in 18 years and I’m not going to start now,”Manning said. “I’ve been working real hard and I’m excited to be back with the Denver Broncos. Can’t wait for April 13 to get here when the team can finally come together. I’m excited to get to work and get to know the new coaches and looking forward to trying to make 2015 a special year.”
Manning will have a chance to earn the money back, but the next order of business will be his physical tomorrow at Broncos headquarters, of which he said: “I see that as being pretty routine.”
Once that’s taken care of, he’ll sign the new deal, and then split until team conditioning begins on April 13.
And having just gone through this process, you can imagine how he responded when asked about finishing out his contract in 2016.
“I’m tired of talking about the past and the future,” Manning said. “I’m excited to talk about now.”
Now, the question is whether the savings will help the Broncos keep any of their free agent targets, or whether this was just a pay cut they forced on Manning because they could.