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Manning's Contract Could Reveal NFL's Future

Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:59 pm
 
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports astutely pointed out that Peyton Manning’s contract status with the Colts could be an indication of how the labor situation is expected to shake out in 2011. Cole quotes one agent as saying, “If Manning doesn’t get the kind of contract we all expect or, worse, doesn’t get a deal done at all, that really means it’s going to be war. There has never been a player with more leverage than him. No one. If he can’t get a deal done at his price, we’re all in trouble.”

Colts president Bill Polian is very active within the NFL business ranks. (So is Colts owner Jim Irsay.) Polian recently said that he understands why two of his other stars, WR Reggie Wayne and DE Robert Mathis, want long-term contracts, but that it’s difficult to orchestrate any deals given the tenuous state of the league’s system. But if Polian is able to get a deal completed with Manning before 2011, that could be an indication that he thinks labor peace is imminent.

As one AFC executive told Cole, player salaries are generally based on what quarterbacks makes. Guys like Manning (and Tom Brady, who is also in the final year of his contract), set the benchmark for the entire league. Manning and Brady are likely to garner $20 million annual salaries.

The executive went on to say, “There’s no way I could see that any owner is going to spend that kind of money on one player and not have football. You spend $7 [million] or $8 million on somebody, OK, that’s just common-sense business. You spend $20 [million] or $30 million, you’re making a commitment.”

--Andy Benoit

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