The 2014 NFL owners meetings are currently going on in Orlando and by the sound of it there is so much bullshit being talked that it is hard to figure out what is truth.
This interesting tidbit was posted by SI’s MMQB and discussed the negotiations that took place when Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos.
Tom Condon relayed the fascinating and humorous story of Peyton Manning’s free agency. With 12 teams interested, Condon licked his chops, anticipating a certain record-breaking deal. Manning, however, was in charge; he would make four visits and then decide. Now down to four instead of twelve teams, Condon was disappointed but still confident in a megadeal. Manning, however, said he wanted to pick the team first, before any negotiations would ensue, meaning Condon was now down to one team to negotiate with. And when Manning picked Denver, he simply asked Condon:
“What does Tom Brady make?”
“$18 million a year.”
“Then I don’t want to make a penny more than that.”
Condon’s visions of a $25 million a year deal were dashed, although the Broncos’ opening offer was $19.4 million a year. Condon phoned to tell Manning, who was incensed:
“I told you I didn’t want to make more than Brady!”
Condon apologized, hung up and called Manning’s wife, who responded, “I’ll take care of it,” and coaxed Manning to accept the Broncos’ offer.
If this story is true, Manning has some serious emotional issues with Tom Brady. You get “incensed” when a team offers you more money than Tom Brady?
Couldn’t have been that angry because you took the money anyway.