Peyton Manning is approaching his contract year and this is going to be interesting. The Indianapolis Colts fans are so in love with Peyton Manning, they will not settle for any new contract that does not recognize him as the greatest QB of all time. To them, Ben Roethlisberger should be shinning Peyton’s shoes and if Peyton doesn’t get recognized way past Ben in money, they will feel their man was cheated. I love it.
But there is more trouble afoot at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts management will have to pay Peyton huge dollars. What choice do they have? But they have been paying the defense over the top money for years. Consider this:
Dwight Freeney got a 6 year $72 million dollar contract in 2007, including a $30 million signing bonus.
Robert Mathis got a 5 year $30 million in 2006. Doesn’t look that good to Robert in 2010. He is not happy.
Bob Sanders got a 5 year $37 million contract in 2008. I’m glad he will take the field in 2010.
Kelvin Hyden, the cornerback, got a 5 year $43 million deal in 2009.
Gary Brackett, linebacker and defensive captain, just signed a 5 year $33 million deal.
Let me sum this up for you. The Indianapolis Colts are paying for their defense and Peyton Manning. Once Peyton signs his “best of all time” contract, their won’t be enough left over for offensive linemen, running backs, receivers, or anybody else. Did I mention their high draft choices were Fili Moala and Jerry Hughes? Donald Brown, to be fair, was their first choice in 2009, but I think it still shows where the Colts mentality has been recently. Less on offense, except for Peyton, more on defense.
Peyton Manning will have to carry the offense by himself. Maybe he can do that. Maybe. Here is what I am thinking, Tyson Alualu, meet Peyton Manning. Aaron Kampman, come on in. Hey Derrick Harvey, want some sacks?
Without an offensive line, the Jaguars are poised to feast on the Colts. The linebackers and defensive line the Jacksonville Jaguars have accumulated look to be a good match against a team that can’t afford to pay for an offensive line. Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t think so.
Colts fans, don’t bother leaving a comment. Everyone else, welcome! Speak up!
- Terry O’Brien