Posted by Mike Florio on February 17, 2012, 9:34 AM EST
on Thursday night, Colts owner Jim Irsay at no point expressly said that he and quarterbackPeyton Manning are “negotiating” a revised contract. But the people who heard what Irsay said, both at WISH-TV and WRTV-TV have characterized Irsay as claiming that negotiations have occurred, and we’ll defer to the folks who were there when Irsay said what he said. (Besides, Irsay has not yet taken to Twitter to claim that he and Peyton haven’t engaged in any “negotiations.”)
Irsay definitely sounded like he was referring to negotiations when he said this: “Peyton and I have talked and said that we’d like to just come to something that makes sense for both of us.”
Regardless, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, to the extent Irsay contends that negotiations have occurred regarding the money that Peyton would be paid on a reduced contract, no such negotiations have occurred. “Numbers aren’t being discussed,” the source said.
We’re also told that there’s a feeling in the Manning camp that Irsay, has been talking “way too much.” The perception there, and elsewhere, is that Irsay is trying too hard to avoid blame for Peyton’s potential departure.
Feb 16th VIDEO INTERVIEW & ARTICLE REFERRED TO IN ABOVE ARTICLE
Posted: Feb 16, 2012 10:34 PM EST
Updated: Feb 17, 2012 6:16 AM EST
Irsay confirmed that he and Peyton are in talks right now, trying to keep him on the team.
Irsay said he has been talking in person and texting with Peyton. He says the conversation has been "upbeat and positive."