Colts owner Irsay remains close-mouthed on potential Manning deal

Posted Oct. 12, 2010 @ 4:45 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

CHICAGO — Colts owner Jim Irsay would not get into details about a potential contract extension for QB Peyton Manning but did say that the two sides have had discussions on the matter.

"You get things done when it's quiet, and it's quiet," Irsay said. "That's the way we want to move forward."
Manning is set to hit free agency after this season. Irsay said back in February at the Super Bowl that he would make Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL, and he reiterated those statements on the first day of training camp.

Since that time, the Patriots signed QB Tom Brady to a four-year, $72 million contract with $49 million guaranteed. When asked if the Brady deal has any bearing on what Manning might earn, Irsay hinted that the Colts are well-aware of what the terms of the deal are.

"All deals that are signed, (they) create frameworks," Irsay said. "But like I said, it's something that we're working on it, and (I) can't really comment on anything else except, you know, markets get established by those sorts of things.

"(Manning and Brady) have been tied together, no doubt, 1A-1B as the greatest players in the game. You know they'll probably be compared for a long time even after their careers."