Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Thursday he made QB Peyton Manning a contract offer more than New England Patriots QB Tom Brady signed for last fall.
“Obviously Brady and him have been compared to each other through the years and are kind of bound at the hip, in terms of what they’ve done and all that sort of thing,” Irsay said during the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center media session. "That contract is done. I’ve made an offer higher than that contract, and I just anticipate it getting done.
Brady signed a four-year deal worth just slightly over $72 million ($18 million/season). Irsay knows other players have to get new contracts as well.
“I think that we’re aware, as well as Peyton is aware, that you have to pay other players. You have to be able to continually keep and get excellent players to surround him. So the number when it finally does get done, whatever it will be, is pretty much out there with Brady being done and nobody else really on the horizon, so-to-speak. I think the framework is there to get something done. I anticipate something getting done for the long-term.”
Irsay said he’s willing to sign Manning, who turns 35 in March, to a five-year or six-year deal.
Irsay also said he’s started discussing a new deal for K Adam Vinatieri, who is scheduled to become a free agent. Irsay also said he’s debating what to do with oft-injured SS Bob Sanders.
“We haven’t yet, but before March 3 I think we will probably have some sense on that direction,” Irsay explained. “Again, there’s nothing definitive, I think. I think we’ve talked through a lot of different scenarios. We can’t say at this point definitely what direction we’re going there, but I think that we’re going to try to get to a decision in the next few days before March 3.”
Sanders, who has played in nine regular season games over the past three seasons, is signed through the 2012 season. He carries a base salary of $5.5 million for 2011 and $7 million for 2012.