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Pressure shifting to the Colts

Posted by Albert Breer  September 10, 2010 10:33 AM

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Tom Brady's contract gets filed with the league this morning, and we have you covered every which way on what was a pretty interesting Thursday for the Patriots icon.

But there's a ripple effect to every deal, and this one has already been felt in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Star had a story the other day on Peyton Manning's contract-year status, as details on Brady's negotiation started to trickle out.

"The 'cone of silence' is going to come down, at least for us," owner Jim Irsay said. "That's how you get something done. I'm not even sure what the Brady thing is."

He will soon, of course, but as I wrote yesterday, the Brady contract really has minimal effect on the Manning negotiation, outside of putting pressure on the Colts to get it done. Manning's deal will dictated by the enormous bank of leverage he has -- As a result of a franchise-tag total that would equal more than $50 million between 2011 and 2012.

From what I've heard over the last month, this deal is moving along slowly, and the Colts have been working with the league to get something that works. But it certainly is interesting to see how Brady's contract, at the very least, is turning the heat up on Indy a little bit.

Previously, Manning's stock line -- I haven't talked about my contract in 12 years, and I'm not starting now -- and the bunker mindset of his camp to keep this quiet has kept the hoopla at a minimum. This could change this a little.
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