Peyton Manning was supposedly on his way out of Indianapolis when his owner Jim Irsay appeared to turn his back on him a few weeks back. Now Irsay is all about making amends, or something along those lines. Just don't expect it to be enough to keep him from leaving Indy. Dion Caputi of the National Football Post has more.
"I want him to be able to make the choice," said Irsay. "We would love to have him back here if he can get healthy and we can look at doing a contract that reflects the uncertainty of the healing process with the regeneration of the nerve.’’
It's clear that the organization is unwilling to make a $28 million commitment to the quarterback given the obvious medical concerns. What's more, Manning's agent Tom Condon reiterated that his client honored both contracts he signed with the club, which doesn't exactly suggest he is not willing to re-negotiate.
Although Irsay appears to be taking a gentler tone than his previous remarks, it seems to be a way to smooth Peyton's departure out of Indianapolis. Saying Manning should take a pay-cut is a way of ensuring that Manning will likely be making signal calls for another team next year if fully healthy.
The Seattle Seahawks are one of the potential bidders for Manning if he does choose to leave Indianapolis, but it might not be so easy to land him as about 10-15 other teams would like to put Peyton their squad.