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    In an effort to make inroads on what is expected to be the richest player contract in NFL history, the Colts and Peyton Manning's agent Tom Condon met face-to-face Thursday in Indianapolis and for the first time the team presented a proposal to its quarterback in these negotiations, according to team and league sources.

    The two sides met for hours, trying to accelerate a process that has generated much speculation but until this week, no discussion. During the meeting, the Colts extended their first offer to Manning; it was more lucrative than the four-year, $72 million contract that included $48.5 million in guaranteed money that Tom Brady signed in September, according to sources.

    While the Colts are willing to make Manning, 35, the highest-paid player in NFL history, sources say the Colts are expressing the need to show reasonable financial constraints on a five-year deal. Sources say team president Bill Polian presented a pitch Thursday that the Colts want more cash flow to build the talent around Manning with a more aggressive offseason that could include a few key free agent signings. Even though the Colts will remain a franchise that builds around the draft, they have signed just four free agents since Manning signed his last $98 million contract in 2004.

    The two sides are trying to consummate a deal before the league year ends at 11:59 p.m. March 3, when players will not be allowed to sign contract unless there is a new collective bargaining agreement. Should they fail to strike a deal in the next two-plus weeks, the Colts are preparing to slap their franchise tag on Manning, even if there is a question about whether it would hold up without a collective bargaining agreement.

    Manning's franchise tag would be at 110 percent of last year's salary, and is projected to be slightly more than $23 million for the 2011 season. But it just goes to show how determined the Colts are to keep Manning in Indianapolis and ensure that he can't go anyplace else, no matter the price. In fact, the Colts used the franchise tag on Manning in 2004 before finalizing his seven-year contract.

    The two sides have landmarks by which to work. Brady's contract is one. Whenever Manning's deal is signed, and the two sides are hopeful it will be within the next month, it also will help shape the negotiations that Condon eventually will have with the New Orleans Saints for another of his high-profile quarterback clients, Drew Brees.

    But as financial uncertainty grips the rest of the league, the Colts and Manning's agent are attempting to make it certain that the perennial Pro Bowl quarterback will spend the rest of his career in Indianapolis.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6051054

    Would be interesting to see which key free agents they are looking to add...
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    Yeah I'll believe it when I see it Polian is the equivalent of a sleazy car salesman he'll say whatever you want to hear but do you actually trust the guy?

    I don't.

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    I would assume Manning could agree to a contract in principle and not sign until Polian followed through on some/all of his promises to be more aggressive. But you do have the uncertainty of the new CBA to consider with that tactic.
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    I hope that Peyton holds Polian accountable to make a true effort to bring some talent to this team.

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    I hope that Peyton holds Polian accountable to make a true effort to bring some talent to this team.
    Yeah, the Colts are completely void of any talent.

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    Yeah, the Colts are completely void of any talent.
    We know the Colts have talent at skill positions. Talent? Yes. Depth? Not really? When the injuries began to mount at the skill positions is what threw this team out of whack. I know every team deals with injuries, but the Colts are specialists. Specialists in pass offense and pass defense. They never have been a well rounded team like Pittsburgh is. There's nothing wrong with that, but to win it all you do have to have a lot of things go exactly right. What they really lack is talent in the trenches. The O-line can't open holes for the running game, and the D-line can't stop the run. What good does having the top two pass rushers in the AFC and a great cover 2 pass defense do for you when the other team runs 75% of the time? The defense of the Colts is built to capitalize on leads that Peyton and the offense generate. This season what happened is the injuries cut a lot of the offense off at the knees and allowed opposing teams to run run run the ball instead of passing to play catchup. When the other team gets in that catchup mode, Freeney and Mathis have a field day and the DB's mop up the mess from the havoc they cause. This season those large, two score leads never happened, and because the Colts are specialists in pass offense and pass defense, it's difficult to come up with plan B. Whatever free agents Polian is talking about should surely be players that can diversify what the Colts are capable of on both sides of the ball.
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    Actually, the Colts' strategy has shown its weakness in that teams have figured out "Hey, the Colts will give us the run... if we just stick with it we'll keep Peyton and their offense off the field and give ourselves a better chance to win!"

    The old axiom has never been more true: Why throw the ball when you can run the ball? And the Colts, more times than not, can't stop the run.

    Which has then paid dividends for the opposition because the limited opportunities force the Colts to try to be even more successful and efficient. ...and the lack of a Colt running game has forced the team to the air even more. Which is good when you connect... bad when you don't... and worse when you connect with the wrong team...

    The Colts need to reassess their overall strategy and personnel to employ it.
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    The colts need to build both lines. Dt, especially. Last time the Colts had a really, really good defense was with Corey Simon or McFarland at DT and there is a reason for that.

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