Peyton!… Peyton!… PEYTON!… Can you hear me over all that freakin’ cash?!
Holy crap, huh?
The Denver Broncos have agreed to a deal with free agent Peyton Manning for five years at a staggering $96 million dollars.
Let that sink in…
$96M over five years breaks out to $18M in 2012, $20M in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and $19M in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Um, yea. That just happened.
Mind you the fact that Peyton Manning has no played contact football in a year and a half. He has nerve issues that could never heal or heal perfectly, or be career (or even life) threatening at the wrong hit.
And then there is Tom Brady. The Golden Boy, New England’s God, the only guy in New England loved by dudes and chicks alike.
In 2010, the New England Patriots extended Brady’s deal four years for $72 million (average of $18M per season). Sure, that’s not chump change… unless you’re Peyton Manning.
That deal covers the Patriots QB through 2014, when he will be 37 years old.
Brady had made it very clear at the onset of that extension that he plans on playing football until he is 40 years old.
Undoubtedly, this statement has been ringing in the back of Manning’s head when he probably threw a fifth year across the table at John Elway. Why is that fifth year so important? Manning turns 41 on March 24, 2017. Meaning the fifth year he is 40 years old for the entirety.
Brady is one year younger than Manning and certainly has less health issues at this point in his career. One could argue that Brady’s magic number would now become 41 year of age to dual out Manning and both contractually finish in the league at the same time.
So, do the Patriots look to get an extension done with their franchise QB sooner than later? His past two four-year deals were extensions.
Getting an extension done this offseason may prove to be critical for the Patriots. Simply seeing what Manning was able to do to shake up the free agency world this offseason has to have Brady somewhat intrigued.
Brady is not showing any signs of wearing down to a disposable quarterback. Though we have seen some errs as far as picks or questionable throws at times, his abilities are still well above even the second tier of NFL QB.
Consider the campaign started here. The Patriots need to throw a three-year extension on Brady’s current deal to match his deal to Manning’s through 2017. Even a penny added on to Manning’s dollar total would be a wonderful addition as well.