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Polian: Colts not waiting for Brady deal

Posted by Albert Breer  June 8, 2010 03:56 PM

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But while the assumption has been that the team and player want to get something done before camp starts, Polian wasn't about to set a timeframe for the deal to get done.

"There isn't any timeframe," Polian said. "We've done Peyton's contract at the end of the season. ... If I'm not mistaken, we actually franchised him once (they did, in 2004). We're used to that. There's nothing out of the ordinary there, at least in the way that Tom and I have operated.

"So we'll cover the ground we need to cover, and we're aware of the calendar, we know what the issues are. That won't be a problem."

They also, it seems, won't be afraid to commit long-term -- "I think it's safe to assume, please god, that barring any serious injury he plays until he's 40," Polian said. "I think that's true and it wouldn't surprise me at all if he's well-aware of Brett (Favre's) records."

But as for stumbling blocks, even if he speaks with more certainty and detail, Polian's refrain is similar to the one coming out of Foxborough. It's complicated, because of the CBA, but he doesn't have any reason to believe this won't happen.

"It is always difficult to do in that you are talking about astronomical numbers," Polian said. "That said, the more difficult part of it is not know what the labor situation will be going forward. That's the hard part, because you don't know that a contract you would do today would fit under the system tomorrow.

"That's where you gotta be not only creative, but clairvoyant. And I'm not clairvoyant."

OK, so now that we know Polian and Manning and everyone out there aren't peeking around the corner to see what Brady and Co. are doing (if we assume they're being forthright), the question becomes whether or not TB12 and the Patriots are checking out what's going on with Peyton's deal. Time will tell.
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