After what seems like months and months of negotiations, Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts have finally reached an agreement with quarterback Peyton Manning.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Manning and the Colts agreed to a five-year deal on Saturday worth $90 million. Irsay has made it clear over the last few months that he wanted to make Manning the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL and the future Hall of Fame quarterback will now average the same amount of money as New England Patriots Tom Brady–who signed a four-year extension worth $72 million last September.
It’s obvious how much Manning means to the Colts considering the team has reached the playoffs in 11 of the last 12 seasons, but recent comments made by Irsay over the last few days made it seem like the two sides were finding it difficult to reach a fair agreement. Irsay had been stating for months how he wanted to reward Manning with a contract worth more than Brady’s, but he contradicted himself by saying there was only so much money you can pay one player.
Of course, none of this matters now that the two sides have reached an agreement and the Colts can focus on getting Manning as healthy as possible before the start of the regular season. As long as Manning’s around, Indianapolis will always be considered strong contenders for the Super Bowl–so Colts fans have to be pleased with the fact these negotiations can finally be put to rest.
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