Tag:Jim Irsay
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 9:49 am

Colts sign Collins in case Manning isn't ready

The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran Kerry Collins as an insurance policy to Peyton Manning. Colts RapidReporter Tom James joins Scott Braun to discuss the move.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Colts owner Jim Irsay has been a busy little Twitterer recently. Last Saturday he informed fans that "We r evaluating the QB sitch, #18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him, defense has 2 pick it up,big time!" A few days later he joked that he was on a quest to find Brett Favre, and Wednesday morning he announced that Kerry Collins, in Favre-ian fashion, would be coming out of retirement to sign with the Colts.

While the Collins signing is news, the implications are bigger: there is real concern that Peyton Manning, still recovering from offseason neck surgery, won't be ready to start the regular season.

Anyone who has watched a Manning-less Colts offense led by the likes of Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky knows that it might be a four-win outfit. Collins may be a fossil in NFL years, but he's also the same guy who manned the controls when the Titans won 13 games in 2008. In fact, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman thinks Indy can make the playoffs with Collins should it come to that.

"The signing of Collins is just in case something goes horribly wrong [with Manning's recovery]," Freeman wrote Wednesday morning. "He's got a strong arm, a solid head and Colts players will like him. He's in many ways the best-case scenario for the Colts. … Bringing Collins to Indianapolis is actually a brilliant move. Now we just wait and see when Manning returns."

Peyton's Place ... on the sidelines?

Minutes after Irsay announced Collins had been signed, he tweeted that coach Jim Caldwell and team president Bill Polian "will expand more on our thinking and how we will integrate the quarterback position in the coming weeks."

Collins isn't nearly the player Manning is, and unlike his situation in Tennessee in recent years, there's absolutely no chance Collins somehow wins the starting job. But what he provides the Colts is a legitimate chance to win games if Manning isn't healthy to start the season, which is something we couldn't say about Painter or Orlovsky.

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 12:26 pm

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’re big fans of Colts owner Jim Irsay’s Twitter updates* because he’s either tweeting the lyrics to deep track Pink Floyd songs, occasionally breaking news, or reassuring his team’s fans about Peyton Manning’s neck.

*Of course, we are. We named him No. 4 among our favorite NFL tweeters last year.

He’s a bit of jokester on Twitter, which is why we’re assuming (hoping?) that he was kidding when he tweeted this on Sunday, “I'm in Mississippi,down at the crossroads....looking 4 that deal Mr. Johnson cut so many years ago....I'm in Hattiesburg...is it right or left at the Firechief?”

J. Irsay screenshot 1

J. Irsay screenshot 2

OK, some clarification. Hattiesburg, Miss., is the home of an old-time gun-slinging QB you might have heard about named Brett Favre, who insists that he’s retired. Considering we don’t know when Peyton Manning -- who had offseason neck surgery and hasn’t practiced yet this preseason -- will return to action and considering it’d be hard to stomach either Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky starting the Colts season opener, Irsay and the Colts might be in a tight spot if Manning can’t play.

Hopefully, though, Irsay is only pretending to seek out Favre to take over for Manning.

Moving the joke along a little further is Irsay’s reference to “Mr. Johnson” cutting a deal. If you’re in need of a rock history lesson, Irsay is referring to Robert Johnson, the old blues guitarist who supposedly sold the devil his soul at a Mississippi crossroad so he could be a master guitar player. So, in effect, Irsay is saying he’s selling his soul to the devil in order to obtain Favre’s services.

I didn't think about it at the time, but one of my editors pointed out that the "Brad" in Irsay's second tweet might be refering to Brad Childress, a former Colts assistant coach who, as you know, was Favre's final head coach in Minnesota.

Good stuff. But for now, we’ll just assume he’s kidding and move on with the rest of our day. Unless Favre, like the devil, is going to put us through eternal hell and keep returning to play.

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Posted on: August 20, 2011 12:28 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 5:03 pm

What happens if Peyton Manning can't play?

P. Manning still isn't ready to return from his neck surgery (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If there isn’t panic these days in Indianapolis about the future of the Colts quarterback position, perhaps there should be. Peyton Manning, coming off neck surgery, hasn’t practiced yet, and though it’s too early to gnash your teeth about Manning’s newly-signed five-year, $90 million contract, Colts fans have to be worried about his long-term health.

Not to mention the long-term prospects of the rest of the Colts quarterbacks.

Curtis Painter, Manning’s long-time backup, still hasn’t proved he can be a starting QB in this league, and one of the few passes I saw Dan Orlovsky throw during Indianapolis’ putrid loss to the Redskins on Friday was a terribly underthrown ball that was intercepted by Washington.

And if you’re not concerned about it, Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz explains why you should be.

Writes Kravitz: “There are three weeks remaining before the regular season begins, and unless Manning is back within a week, it's fair to worry whether he'll be ready to roll when it counts. (If you're asking when Manning will return, here's the answer: I. Don't. Know. And I'm not sure Manning and the doctors know just yet, either.)"

This hasn’t ever really been an issue for Manning and the Colts. He’s been remarkably durable throughout his career, and the Colts have ridden his talent to nine-straight 10-win seasons and nine-straight playoff appearances. But does anyone think that, if Manning can’t play right away, Painter or Orlovsky can step in and play half as well? That the Colts could still compete for the AFC South title? Of course not.

Which leads Kravitz to question the Colts plan when it comes to backup quarterbacks. He talked to GM Chris Polian about it.

Peyton's Place ... on the sidelines?
"You get into the philosophy of, 'Do you want an experienced guy who may not be able to stay healthy if he had to play more than a couple of games, or a young guy with talent who's got a chance to ascend?'” Polian asked. “Part of what makes the backup quarterback position unique is more than physical qualities: What's the guy's contribution going to be in the meeting room? What's his role going to be in practice? Is he OK with what his role is going to be?

"Traditionally, because of the way Peyton wants to prepare, the backup doesn't get much work outside of training camp. And that's fine; I'm not going to complain about the results. But when we've inquired about vets in the past, there have been some financial limitations. This is not the best, most appealing spot for a guy who says, 'If somebody gets hurt and I can play four games, I can play somewhere else next year.' This is more of a destination spot, so that's led us a little more to the younger guys."

Or as owner Jim Irsay, who says Terrelle Pryor isn’t an option, tweeted Saturday, “We r evaluating the QB sitch,#18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him,defense has 2 pick it up,big time!”

If Manning can’t get healthy quickly, the Colts plan might need to change. And fast.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 4:19 pm

Manning deal is done: 5-years, $90 million

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Friday, Colts QB Peyton Manning said he would be willing “take less money” from owner Jim Irsay if it meant keeping Indianapolis competitive.

Today, we get the news that Manning has, in fact, taken less money*, and, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Manning has reached terms on a five-year, $90 million contract extension that averages $18 million per year** (the same money, probably not coincidentally, that Patriots QB Tom Brady makes).

Manning's money
To confirm the deal, Irsay tweeted, "OFFICIAL----WE HAVE A DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

*Of course, less money, in this case, is relative.

**We don’t know what Manning’s guaranteed money take from this contract is, but you get the general idea that he hasn’t set a new standard for top-line quarterbacks.

On Friday, Manning -- who had been rumored to be looking for $25 million a year (his franchise tag was to pay him $23.12 million in 2011) -- denied he was trying to break the bank, explaining, "I'm willing to take less than they’ve offered if they are going to take that money to keep players we need to keep and go get other players. All I want is for them to have the cap and the cash to keep the players they want to keep and to sign other players."

Now, it appears he’s put his (smaller stack of) money where his mouth is.

UPDATED (4:16 p.m. ET): According to Mortensen, Manning had offered to take less (!) money than Brady, but Irsay refused that idea. Instead, according to Irsay, Manning will make $69 million in the first three years and $10.5 million during the final two (though, assuming Manning is still at the top of his game, he could renegotiate before the 2014 season).

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Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:03 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 2:59 pm

Colts Irsay still 'confident' in Manning contract

Posted by Will Brinson

When we last left the Indianapolis Colts, way back before this whole labor strife took hold, they were working on a new deal for franchise QB Peyton Manning

Nothing got done in time, so the Colts were forced to franchise tag Manning, although Indy owner Jim Irsay did say he'd offered to make Manning the highest-paid quarterback in the game. On Tuesday, at the NFL owners' meetings, Irsay remained "confident" that the Colts and Manning could get a deal done once they get a chance to talk.

"Obviously, things have been put on hold, because of what you're permitted to do," Irsay said Tuesday, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network. "But I'm still confident that we can get a long-term agreement done. And I think we've probably added to our proposal to him, with our first two draft picks, both really great young offensive linemen (Anthony Castonzo and Ben Ijalana). I think we can get something done.
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"Again, it's been on hold, but it's something we can get back on track and get something done with him and (agent) Tom Condon, and that's what we're going to try to do on a long-term deal."

It's kind of crazy to even think about Manning playing somewhere other than Indianapolis, and while there's a chance that he could become a free agent if the franchise tag doesn't survive the labor dispute, it's still unlikely he ends up anywhere else.

Indy is his home, he's a legend there, he's always going to have a shot at the Super Bowl with their roster, and they're willing to pony up in order to make sure he gets paid.

Which is precisely why -- even in the face of the lockout issue -- Irsay can remain confident that Manning sticks in Indy for the duration of his career.

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Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2011 10:02 pm

Irsay: Need deal by July 4th for training camp

Posted by Will Brinson

There's no hard and fast deadline for the lockout to end in order to get a full NFL season in -- even Roger Goodell, on a recent call with Steelers season-ticket holders, said there was no "drop-dead date."

But Jim Irsay, who's been fairly outspoken about getting a deal done on Twitter thus far, think that the 4th of July is when the NFL should target if they want training camp this season.

"There's a window where we can get something done," Irsay said, via Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. "But we really need to get something done by the Fourth of July or thereabouts so we can get in and have training camp and preseason and get ready that way.

"There has to be some real urgency to get this thing resolved and really have a full season with a training camp and preseason games. It would be very unfortunate if we get a deal done Oct. 1 that we could have gotten done on July 10. The losses are great if we start missing preseason games and early (regular-season) games."

That's probably a pretty good estimate on Irsay's part.

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There's just one problem: the Court of Appeals is highly unlikely to rule on the June 3 lockout hearing by that time, as it's estimated they could take between 45 and 60 days to do so. (Though no one, including the judges, actually knows for sure quite yet.)

And there's also the pending issue of the television fund ruling, which should come from Judge David Doty some time soon. We think. (All indications point that there could be a ruling from Doty as soon as this week, but, again, nothing's guaranteed.)

And it's unreasonable to expect a deal to get hammered out until the NFL and NFLPA can fully assess the leverage given to them in the coming negotiations.

And even if the Doty crushes the NFL with his ruling, the league will still appeal to the 8th Circuit, which makes July 4th almost entirely unlikely expectation unless something changes dramatically for either side in the coming weeks.

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Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:03 pm

Hot Routes 5.18.11: Reaching the summit

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • According to the Believe in Heroes web site, Titans coach Jeff Fisher and the rest of his traveling party have reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Which is pretty awesome.
  • Former Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser and Colts owner Jim Irsay are in a bit of tiff.
  • Now, everybody in the Raiders organization becomes a salesman/saleswoman. And that means you, new defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan. (“So, how many season tickets can I put you down for, lady?”)
  • If you buy Jaguars season tickets, the franchise is willing to reward you for your faith. By giving you “Teal Deals” books with more than $3,000 worth of gift certificates for local businesses.

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:56 am

Mediation has resumed...not that it matters

Posted by Andy Benoit

For what it’s worth, the owners and players went back to the negotiating table Monday, but only because it was already scheduled as part of the court order. Neither side is particularly interested in making a deal given that the issue will go to court June 3.

In fact, Steelers president Art Rooney admitted as much, telling Albert Breer of NFL Network on his way in, "We'd like to make progress, but it'll be hard to do. We have to wait to see what happens June 3."

No active players were in the negotiating room, though Mike Vrabel was scheduled to be on hand (his flight got canceled). The mediation is scheduled to last two days.

Meanwhile, Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter and chimed in on the issue (Irsay has not directly taken part in the negotiations thus far). “Jeff Saturday and I could get this thing done, on cocktail napkins, over a long lunch at Rick's Boatyard..it's not that hard!”

He also added, “Everyone's so damn serious, suits, briefcases, lawyers! Let's put on jeans n golf clothes, players/owners remembering we're friends, hang a little.”

Hear, hear!

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