This is probably what the Indianapolis Colts were waiting over. Who would be the National Football League’s highest-paid player? Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. The Colts have been talking about such a deal to No. 18 since the week of the Super Bowl versus the New Orleans Saints back in February. However, nothing has gone through yet.
This is very smart on the Colts’ part. They are waiting for the New England Patriots to pull the trigger first on Brady. And they did. Brady signed a four-year extension worth $72 million with over $48 million guaranteed. With this, the Colts know what amount of money Manning will get in his new contract. He is entering the final year of his seven-year $99 million deal.
Bob Kraft liked what he did and glad Brady will be with the Pats for four more years.
“I think we have a mutual respect and affection for each other where we decided we wouldn’t let this affect our personal relationship, and that’s hard. But our mutual respect helped to facilitate things because there’s a lot of trust and we had to work through some difficult things. These are uncertain times and we had to go ahead and do things, take certain risks on, but we believe we did the right thing to put franchise in best position to win year in and year out,” Kraft said in a statement.
This contract was completed after Tom Brady’s car crash, which the police are still investigating in. Meanwhile, Manning will have to wait to get his contract. I believe it may be too late to complete a deal for No. 18 as he could receive something in the meantime during the off-season. The same thing would go for Reggie Wayne, who wanted a new, reconstructed deal as he told the Associated Press yesterday.
But Brady’s deal opens things up and the Colts finally can take a break from this. But no matter what, Wayne and Manning will get their contracts. Same goes for Robert Mathis, who is needed as Jerry Hughes will get mentored. But there is no question about it that they will perform strong against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday.
“It’s either we’ll get something done or we’re not. We haven’t had any talks. I can read in between the lines, I know what’s going on,” Wayne said. “But I’m not going to let that affect my production. Like they say, it’s a business, right? So I’m going to treat it like a business. I’m going to do what I’m supposed to do. And that’s go out there and make plays.”