Manning and Colts Contract Negotiations Under Way

Much has been made about the impending meeting between the Colts owner Jim Irsay and his star quarterback Peyton Manning, but Irsay says those negotiations are already under way, and the lines of communication have always been open according to Ashley Adamson of WISH TV.

“We talk a lot … and it’s probably not always what people think we might talk about,” Irsay said. “Very recently we got into a debate about – will Tiger Woods win more majors than Jack Nicklaus or not?”

Of course there is one major, far more serious, debate Colts fans would like Irsay and Manning to settle sometime soon. Unfortunately, it appears the negotiation process will likely last another three weeks – right up until Manning’s $28 million option bonus is due March 8.

“We both know everyone has great interest on it. We’ll just keep talking. And certainly by that date we’ll come up with something that makes sense for him and for the Colts,” Irsay said. “I think we both understand each other’s issues. [We’re] not delaying it for any intentional reason. It’s not only a big decision, but it’s a complicated and tough decision.”

“[Peyton] and I will continue to always be great friends, and I hope it’s with him still being in a Colt uniform,” Irsay said. “But we’ll see.”

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