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  • #2
    The Colts clearly blew it in not getting Manning locked up long-term. How many franchise quarterbacks ever enter the last year of their contract? Usually they are re-worked and extended long before that.

    Also, Manning's franchise tag will place an $18 million cap charge on the Colts. How on earth can a player have a franchise tag that high? There's no quarterback making anything close to that so I don't understand how that can be the franchise value. By the way, Manning's cap value will be 22.3% of the salary cap. They better hope they can negotiate a long-term deal because if that is his cap value, there's no way the Colts can put together a good enough team around him in 2004.

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    • #3
      That is what the Ruh, roh was for. There will be nothing left.

      Good post.

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      • #4
        According to Pasquarelli at ESPN.com, the Colts cap situation isn't quite as bad as I thought with all the money Manning will get if he doesn't sign a new long-term deal:

        Team officials have used the term "offensive Armageddon" to describe the adjustments the Colts will have to make to their payroll to fit in Manning's cap number if a long-term contract isn't consummated and the quarterback actually plays the 2004 season under the burdensome $18.3 million tag. There is some reasoned logic there, of course, but some of the organizational rhetoric is hyperbole as well.


        Over the past several weeks, the Colts have cleared about $7 million to $8 million in cap room by restructuring the contracts of several veteran players. By releasing in the next week or two offensive lineman Adam Meadows, defensive end Chad Bratzke and backup quarterback Brock Huard, all moves the Colts planned to make anyway, the team will create an additional $15.5 million in cap space.


        There are still moves the Colts must make, like tendering qualifying offers to most of their restricted free agents and perhaps attempting to sign some of their own unrestricted players like strongside linebacker Marcus Washington, but they won't be completely paralyzed if forced to apply the "franchise" tag to Manning.


        Conventional wisdom is that the Colts will use the "franchise" tag, buy themselves some much-needed time in negotiations, and then reach a long-term deal by March 15. That's the true drop-dead date because, after that, negotiations with "franchise" players are basically precluded by league rule.
        So perhaps the Colts can be good enough to make the playoffs again but I don't see them being able to make a real improvement, something they need because their defense clearly wasn't good enough.

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        • #5
          uh oh.

          thanks.
          Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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          • #6
            Does anyone think a team would be willing to give up two 1st rounders for Manning? He is a pretty special player.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Weird_English_Guy@Feb 22 2004, 07:58 PM
              Does anyone think a team would be willing to give up two 1st rounders for Manning? He is a pretty special player.
              absolutely
              Are you on the list?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Weird_English_Guy@Feb 22 2004, 05:58 PM
                Does anyone think a team would be willing to give up two 1st rounders for Manning? He is a pretty special player.
                Plenty of teams would.

                Won't matter though...the Colts will match anything to keep him.

                Also, I think it would be a mistake to give up two No. 1 picks for Manning. Use them to get some defensive players instead (and this applies to every team in the league).

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                • #9
                  Wonder if Sparrow has "tagged" Manning yet??

                  Speaking of which...has anyone seen Captain Jack??

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