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Report: Colts make first offer to Manning

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By PFW staff

The Colts have begun contract talks with QB Peyton Manning and reportedly offered him the most lucrative contract in NFL history.

According to ESPN, the Colts met with Manning's agent, Tom Condon, on Thursday, and the team proposed a deal that would make Manning the highest-paid player of all time.

Before the season began, Tom Brady, the other big free-agent-to-be, signed a four-year, $72 million contract. The Colts' offer is more lucrative than that.

The report said that team president Bill Polian plans to build around Manning with free-agent signings this offseason. The goal of both sides is to get the deal done before the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on March 3.

The way we see it

Manning, who will turn 35 in March, will finish his career as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. He had another good season despite losing most of his top weapons to injury. It seems that Polian and the Colts understand that not only does the contract need to satisfy Manning and compete with Brady's, but there needs to be a commitment to making the Colts better around Manning.

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