All indications seem to point to Colts quarterback Peyton Manning getting the richest payday in the sport, trumping that of his brother Eli, who is the highest paid player right now.
Manning is entering the final year of his $98 million contract, and he says he isn’t going to leave, and the Colts know that as well.
Colts owner Jim Irsay has already stated he will spend whatever it takes to keep the franchise QB, and the Indianapolis Star reports it’s inevitable the team will make Manning the league’s highest-paid player.
The one snag in negotiations is the uncertainty surrounding the NFL’s labor situation. “We can’t get into the nitty-gritty because we don’t know what the rules will be.” GM Bill Polian was quoted as saying in an interview with Boston radio station WEEI (via the Star).
So while it is going to get done, it could take awhile. A long while. The QB may not see a new deal cros his table till the season, but if a collective bargaining agreement is in place, he could be in position to earn $20 million per season with $50 million guaranteed.
At the end of the day, Peyton will be a Colt, and will make slightly more than younger bro Eli.