Interesting piece by our buddy Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports on what lies ahead with Peyton Manning and the Colts, and contract that will likely leave all those previous in its wake.
Cole’s story says that Manning — a man who may have saved football in Indianapolis (those who’d been to the RCA Dome get where I’m coming from) — could get $25-30 million on a new deal, which probably would be the final one of his career. A problem? Yeah, well, take heed of Jason’s story …
As the Indianapolis Colts work on inking Peyton Manning(notes) to such a potentially lucrative deal this offseason, one observer put the situation in perspective.
“I wish I had this problem,” said an NFL exec.
“He’s probably the second athlete where you could say he can name his price,” said an agent who has no financial or personal connection to Manning of any kind. “The only other athlete who could pretty much name his price was Michael Jordan when he was with the [Chicago] Bulls.”
Kinda wondered on that last quote whether the agent was forgetting about Tom Brady, who has two more rings than Manning and is, at least, a very comparable player — If not a better one.
Can Brady name his price? We’ll see. Just remember, as I wrote the other day, the Patriots’ negotiations with Brady figure to be a bit more complicated than the Colts’ talks with Manning will be. So while a Manning signing might set the market for Brady, the structure of the deal will likely have to be significantly different.