I Think the Indianapolis Colts are in Trouble


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

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  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Now that is a thought provoking piece Terry! Sounds like they want an uncapped NFL, cause otherways they are in a salary mess…Very good observations! Very well written article!

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Thank you Zoltan. The Jaguars have very few $6 million a year guys. The Colts have a lot of them. That is risky, but it has gotten them to the playoffs.

  • Jagoffs

    Fili wasn’t a 1st round draft pick. They took Donald brown in the 1st. Thought that might help your awesome story.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Thanks, I will fix that.

  • dallas clark

    you do realize I got a handsome contract just a few years back and Im pretty good on this team too, dont you terry? oh and I play offense!

    the fact that the winn dixie meatcutter and the food lion bagger could be peytons offensive lineman and peyton would still pick apart this cheesy secondary is a solid point terry on your so thought out article. did you pass second grade? Id think for a person who writes a blog for a team who has struggled more than won, that they could at least know who their main competitor was and stop making up crap for the fact of making yourself look like you just started watching football yesterday. not that the colts care about your team terry because they really have bigger problems like trying to get all those YOUNG recievers on the field at once.

    no wonder this team has no fans. the jags feasting on the colts is like saying that the colts dont have any offensive stars other than peyton

    you also forgot they gave jeff saturday a big contract as well dont you? pretty sure they know what they are doing considering they won at least 12 games, 8 years in a row, dont you terry!

  • Noah Webster

    Keep dreaming. I know its difficult for Jaguar fans to understand what its like having a player who is worth a decent salary, but it is business as usual for the franchises that can sell out their stadium.

  • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

    I thought I asked Colt fans to stay away?

  • dallas clark

    I thought you needed to know that your stupidity need to be questioned

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      I’m glad you educated me.

  • Noah Webster

    Fans of every team but the Jaguars would find your logic retarded. You should have requested responses only from brain-washed Jaguar fans (the ones who thought the team had a good draft…all 6 of you).

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Thanks for coming by and sharing your wisdom.

  • dallas clark

    next can you write about how your not so GREAT offensive line is going to protect your not so million dollar man.

    really you should be concentrating on your positives and negatives of your own team instead of writing a brain dead article that you want to believe is true.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Thank you again for your wisdom.

      We do write about the Jaguars both positive and negative.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Teal is for Sissies

    You are clueless.

  • Tim

    44-17. thats all i gotta say…. i hate how colt fans act like the colts are already 100X better than the jaguars when they can barely beat the jaguars. Literally every game is a nail biter. I have alot of respect for the colts, but seriously, the jaguars can beat the colts and have before.

    • http://stampedeblue.com Bill Polian

      you can revel in the one time you beat us bad while I can sit back and look at my 6 division titles, 8 playoff appearances, 2 Conference Championships, and a nice shiny Lombardi Trophy. How many winning seasons have you guys had with Del Rio as coach… 3?

  • Cody

    Typical hater BS

    I will agree that I worry about the Jaguars every game. It is always a great match-up…however, concerning this particular write-up.

    If you are a Jaguars fan…you shouldn’t be judging anyone on draft choices. ESPECIALLY after this year. Colts aren’t focused on offense because that isn’t where the problem is. They need more depth at defense. Everybody knows that. We have more than enough good receivers, running backs are fine but need a decent o-line to run through. (O-line was upgraded during offseason). You make a lot of assumptions and flat out ridiculous claims and then to sum it up “Colts fans don’t bother leaving a comment…” Is this some sort of Jaguars circle-jerk? What a cowardly way to end an article.

    I’m not gonna bash the Jags. I think they need an upgrade at a lot of different positions including the head coach job…but like I said, they make a great conference rival.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Why are Colts fans such a low grade of humans?

  • TheColtsDude

    “Colts fans, don’t bother leaving a comment.”?

    You don’t want to be corrected with the truth from those who don’t have your point of view. You sound like a liberal Democrat.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      You SIr, have a place of honor here at Black and Teal. Feel free to comment anytime!

  • Raptor Bee

    OMG, looking at your title I thought the Colts have key player injuries, huge scandals, natural disasters or the Lucas Oil Stadium is falling down! Most other NFL teams are spending way more than the Colts do and do not produce the same results! Bill Polian knows how to balance salaries with talents and has been doing this for years! My goodness, you call this an article?? or just a list of Colts’ recent contracts? Please do your research before giving normal readers a heart-attack!