Peyton realizes he’s on a one-year deal

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The initial reports trumpeted a five-year, $96 million contract.  The truth is that Peyton Manning signed a contract that will pay him $18 million in 2012, with no guarantees beyond that.

Peyton knows it, and he’s willing to admit it.

“End of the day, my contract really is only a one-year contract,” Manning told Woody Paige of the Denver Post.  “That is the fact of the matter, so I think you do play with a sense of urgency.”

As Paige explains it, there’s a fairly large asterisk.  He writes that, if Peyton fails a “neck examination” after the season, the next two years at a total of $40 million “could be voided.”

Which means that, if Peyton simply passes the “neck examination,” he gets another $40 million.

Paige is in the right church, but he’s perched in the wrong pew.  As we reported back in March, the Broncos can dump Peyton Manning for any reason and at any time after the 2012 season ends, up until the final day of the 2012 league year, in early March.  If they don’t part ways, Peyton will be guaranteed $40 million over the next two seasons.  The Broncos will be able to avoid the 2014 salary of $20 million only if he suffers another injury to his neck during the 2013 season.

As a result, the Broncos will be facing a $40 million decision after the season.  Which means that Peyton needs to show them enough in 2012 to persuade them to keep him around.

It’s easy to say that there’s no way the Broncos will move on.  But here’s the thing to keep in mind:  They wanted Peyton in part because only he could give them a permanent solution to the Tebow problem.  Even if they don’t keep Peyton beyond the coming season, they’ll never have to bring Tebow back.

28 responses to “Peyton realizes he’s on a one-year deal

  1. He mustve changed it….it says broncos , peyton will be a redskin next year..after IRG3 is craps all over the field.huh Voiceofreasoning /Hulkhogansays /stonecoldsays

  2. Slow news day. Nothing to see here. More mindless speculation by someone who has obviously not watched manning throw in camp or preseason. He looks fine, and will get even better as the season progresses. He has shown that he can make all of the throws required by an nfl quarterback but has been hurt by a TON of dropped passes this preseason.

  3. How in the world does woody paige still have a job?

    In a world where people get fired for posting stupid pictures on Facebook, this guy acts stupid all the time and has faced harassment lawsuits, yet he’s still at the Denver Post?

  4. Peyton will be good enough to make sure they don’t have a high enough draft pick to replace him.

    Then it’s a question of how many draft picks are worth Peyton’s Salary over the next 2 years?

    Would a rookie win you as many games? Probably not, but then again will Peyton win you a Super bowl? This is nothing more than retirement money for Peyton; and a band aid for the Bronco’s……..who had their front office hijacked by Tebow Fever.

  5. Unless he gets hurt, I cannot fathom a single reason they wouldn’t pick up the option for at least 2 more years.

  6. It’s nice that the Broncos are protected but my guess is Payton will be better next year then he is this year. They are going to keep him around for as long as they can.

  7. So, if they don’t win the Super Bowl, but Manning has a big year, Denver can trade off Manning to some other team and load up on players and picks? Sounds like a hell of a deal for them.

  8. “If they don’t part ways, Peyton will be guaranteed $40 million over the next two seasons. The Broncos will be able to avoid the 2014 salary of $20 million only if he suffers another injury to his neck during the 2013 season.”

    Did you commenters read the article?

  9. Manning will last through the length of this contract, he is a tough player. His neck will hold up, the doctors that worked on him are some of the best out there.

  10. wallio says:Aug 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    why do the Colts have to pay Peyton 40 mil? Editors anyone?
    Its called money owed

  11. The Tebow Hate is still going strong with Florio. In a story on Manning, Florio makes sure he does not miss another opportunity to dump on Tebow.

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