All the talk of late has been on, what the Colts have done in free agency. Which to say the least is almost nothing, and we the fans are disappointed. After being lied to yet again, the general management of the Colt state claims “This year we plan to be more active in free agency." Guess what? The doors opened up Monday and other than re-signing a couple of our own guys, we're left to wonder if they are even considering a move. The excuses are piling up, from Manning's contract situation to Kelvin Hayden's cap numbers saving him from being cut. To quote Jerry Maguire, “Show me the money!”
Frankly, I'm sick of the wool being pulled over my eyes. Considering you have months to configure contract scenarios prior to the lockout. A Manning deal should have been struck the day businesses opened as usual. Then, to have to read reports the Jets are willing to all take pay cuts if it can benefit the team in signing a key member to win a Super Bowl. When I hear that, it sounds to me like a collective group willing to do what it takes to win.
Here we are sitting with members of our club with the richest contracts at their times, not contributing to the cause. Yes, we're willing to sell the farm to keep Manning but, at what cost? Retaining the greatest quarterback in the game may force us to surround him with a mediocre supporting cast. Guys like Freeney, Clark, Bethea, Brackett, and especially Hayden need to be flexible about their contracts. Doing so, would give us the luxury of obtaining a premium additional to our squad. Farther more, shutting up ESPN broadcasters from making remarks like "The Colts are unable to contend without Peyton Manning."
The philosophies are all wrong in this organization, showing this isn't a sport but truly a business! You wish to tell me anyone of these guys can justify the largest contracts in the history of the NFL for their positions and not say it’s about the money? They may comfort themselves with these notions to sleep better at night. Yet, I personally have a different opinion on that and if you want to try to feed me that BS, you take your delusions to the Redskins.... I hear they pay top dollar for them. How about shaving a million or two off the top of your current deals? The endorsements should be enough to cover the losses or are you going to admit your skills don't warrant being endorsed?
The premise of signing your best player shouldn't be an issue. If I were Colts' President, Bill Polian, I'd approach the agreement like this... 'Look you and I both know the cap, Brady is at 18.1 million a year. I'll hit you at 18.5 and give you a supporting cast in free agency worthy of 3 championships! Whataya say?’ By the way if it’s really a presidency, than I wish for you as Colts fans to put me up for election. Vote for sanity in our organization. A vote for me is a vote for a Lombardi Trophy! (Two big thumbs up, :)