Mort: Peyton told agent to protect Colts

Reuters

In the first missive from the new man-cave style set (fine, but they don’t have a stand-up desk), ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter machine-gunned several nuggets from around the league.

Mort led off by explaining that, while Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will make $26.4 million this year even if he doesn’t take a snap, Manning instructed agent Tom Condon to protect the team via the inclusion of next year’s option bonus.

Sorry, but that’s a bit of a stretch.

If the $28 million option bonus due on the fourth day of the 2012 League Year isn’t exercised by the team, Manning’s contract will expire after the 2012 season, making him a free agent.  Then there’s the non-exercise fee, which requires the Colts to pay the money even if they don’t pick up the option.

The only way to avoid paying the money will be to trade or cut Manning, which surely isn’t the type of protection he had in mind.

So, basically, we’d hate to see how the contract would have looked if Manning didn’t instruct Condon to protect the Colts.

24 responses to “Mort: Peyton told agent to protect Colts

  1. As soon as the local stations get ahold of this it’ll be all that’s talked about for the entire week. It was the same way when that BS story came out about Manning taking less money to help the team when he signed this new contract.
    Of course, as soon as the colts start losing on a weekly basis without Manning there won’t be enough colts fans to warrant news coverage at all here in Indy so there’s that at least.

  2. Chris Mortensen is now the official lackey/mouth piece for Lee Harvey Manning and his agent, Tom Condon. Does he realize how stupid he sounds trying to sell this one?

    He’s “protecting” the Colts while taking over $26 Million from them and without even playing a single down this year? It doesn’t even pass the giggle test.

    Sounds like the sort of “protection” that wise guys from the Bronx would provide. I’m sure it’s an offer that the Colts just couldn’t refuse.

  3. Horrible spin on this. The protection is if his career is over and can’t play because of the neck, they don’t have to pay the “guarantee”. How many other “guaranteed” contracts have that out clause.

    The way his contract would have looked is the same as every other contract, which is the guaranteed portion has to be paid and there are no outs.

  4. Ever since Manning walked into the last Superbowl with that god awful stupid face, I’ve noticed how much of an ego freak he really is. It seems that his penchant for saying the right thing comes more from a desire to appear a certain way rather than actually FEELING a certain way.

    One of the best quarterbacks ever, but the whole family is permanently stuck in ME-ME-ME mode, while trying to maintain the argument that they are full of class.

  5. I don’t understand how Manning keeps getting passes for these PR stunts. He didn’t take one cent less in his $90 mill contract so that the “colts could afford other players”. He didn’t really protect the colts via inclusion of that option bonus.

    It all sounds good though doesn’t it? The indy media is worse than the national media during the George Bush presidency, afraid to say anything negative.

  6. The Colts weren’t protected. They were hoodwinked. Don’t be surprised if Manning never plays again. Come on, he’s 35 and has serious neck issues.

  7. That’s what happens to people when they spend more than 2 or 3 days in Tennessee. Archie must be so proud of his little VOL. Why do you think Eli was always the good boy.

  8. ESPN has replaced Favre with Manning as the declining jock they are going to place upon a pedestal at the risk of losing the little integrity they had left. Manning and Favre were both great quarterbacks in their time, but the mouthpiece known as ESPN is as transparent as ever

  9. Come on Mike. Dont be a fool! Manning meant to protect the team if he never plays again. Obviously, everyone knows if he’s able to play, it will be as an Indianapolis Colt. The indystar reported – “The team was willing to pay Manning 23 mil a year with a 40 mil signing bonus”. So he DID TAKE LESS both in the first year and overall. Something not many guys would do…including YOU ya lawyer crybag!

  10. Asking Poison Pill Condon to “protect” a team is basically the equivalent of asking for that team to get whacked.

  11. It’s so sad when a so called journalist is so far up someone’s butt hole that he even put out a report like this.

    Manning has ALWAYS been about the money. Look at his contract. He will play for the 3 years at 20 million plus, but the last two lower years are sure to be renegotiated. All set up to let it look like he is for the team.

    Take all you can peyton, just don’t pretend that you don’t want it. You showed that money talked with that “cut the meat” commercial. How embarrassing that was.

  12. eagleswin says: Sep 11, 2011 11:16 AM

    I don’t understand how Manning keeps getting passes for these PR stunts. He didn’t take one cent less in his $90 mill contract so that the “colts could afford other players”. He didn’t really protect the colts via inclusion of that option bonus.
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    You know what I would love? For the Colts to do just that (exercise the option)and him to wind up in a city that actually demands accountability from their players and media that isn’t afraid to criticize them like your city or NY, etc. He’d wilt. He needs Indy as much as Indy needs him. He loves being the big king fish in the small pond. Say what you want about Eli but he has the mental makeup to play in NY. Big brother doesn’t.

    National media does kiss butt with Brady too much at times but the Boston/ NE media cracks on TB when he deserves it and I’m glad. Of course TB himself has no problem standing up at the podium and saying he needs to play better. And when was the last time you heard that from PM? No, he says things like this when questioned about his poor play as to being in a slump,” maybe I was but I had an 8 year hitting streak before that”. Puke. He’s as humble as any diva WR, he just hides it better and/or the media loves ignoring it.

  13. Wow how quick most you guys are negatively jumping on Manning’s back. I’m not even a Colts fan..Have u forgotten how great he’s been for the Colts.. for the league? For us fans?? Any fan, team would say whats ur ideal qb. Manning. Is a perfectionist on the field, film study, work ethic, character.. and but nooo AS SOON as he has a serious injury, the bashing starts.. this is Peyton Manning.. the pros pro.. so some of u who call urself fans need to take a look in the mirror and realize wat he’s meant and still means to the colts and league, let alone us fans.. be happy he gets that money. U gonna take care of his family? No Didn’t think so, as long as he throws 50 touchdowns huh? Stop being the casual fan an appreciate players, let alone legendary ones like Manning, Favre etc.

  14. Have u forgotten how great he’s been for the Colts.. for the league? For us fans?? Any fan, team would say whats ur ideal qb. Manning.

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    He’s never been great when it counts. Look at his playoff #’s. And if he’d been facing anybody other than Rex Grossman in the Super Bowl he’d be without a ring right now too. And he hasn’t been great for any fans outside of Indy. We’re sick to death of him and the un-deserved media worship.

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