Peyton Manning Demands Less Money?

In an age where players hold out and refuse to attend training camp until their avarice demands for more money are fed, Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning is actually demanding less.

Colts owner Jim Irsay has reiterated countless times his intentions to make the 4 time MVP the highest paid player of all-time. However, Manning is declining the lucrative offer because he doesn’t think it’ll leave enough money for his teammates to be signed.

“While I appreciate Jim Irsay offering to make me the highest-paid player, I told him I’d rather he save that money and keep whoever it is … Joe Addai, Charlie Johnson… whoever that may be”, said Manning. “I’m willing to take less than they’ve offered if they are going to take that money to keep players we need to keep and go get other players.”

According to The Indy Star, rumors were swirling that the Superbowl champion was asking for upwards of twenty-five million dollars a season. The Colts organization says they were offering no more than twenty. But Manning is demanding they reduce that figure. ESPN is even saying the signal caller has instructed his agent to be “conservative” in negotiations and get a deal ready by Sunday.

“All I want is for them to have the cap and the cash to keep the players they want to keep and to sign other players”, explained Manning.

The Colts offer would have made Manning the highest paid player in the history of The NFL. The current highest paid player in the league today is Tom Brady with a deal worth roughly eighteen million dollars a season.

In my opinion, this is a noble move by #18. Peyton Manning is the most recognizable face in The NFL and one of the league’s stars. He’s THE MAN in Indianapolis, commanding much of the offense himself. He clearly cares more about winning a championship than the number of zeros on his check. You would think higher end players would do this more often. Dirk Nowitzki took less money to remain in Dallas, and it payed off with a title. Stories like his and Manning’s are way less common than they should be. Why not take less money in an effort to win? That’s how you build a legacy, and in the long run, legacy pays the big bucks. If you think Manning is in a lot of commercials now, just wait till he’s retired and in the Hall Of Fame. In five years, Peyton Manning will see no difference in his quality of life if he made twenty million a season instead of fifteen, but if he has another ring or two, you can bet he’ll be a very happy man.

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