This year's offseason has been marred by countless things. From unexpected releases and trades to sex and steroid scandals. The first and foremost issues however, are still contract disputes.
Bring up the subject and you'll usually hear the names Chris Johnson, Darrelle Revis, Vincent Jackson or Marcus Mcneill. Surprisingly however, you don't hear Peyton Manning's name being called.
Strangely enough, one of the least vocal players - contract wise - is about to get one of the largest deals in history. Here's why.
After being named to the ProBowl - again - and throwing for 4500 yards and 33 TDs with a completion percentage of 68.8%, why wouldn't you reward this guy?
Manning took a season in which many picked the Colts to reach only 11 to 12 wins and sent the team to the Super Bowl (granted he did throw the game ending pick six).
While many thought that other players were more deserving - Chris Johnson, Brett Favre, and Philip Rivers to name a few - Manning still won his record 4th MVP award in a landslide.
Why is it a reason to reward him? Well, if the Colts don't reward the most valuable player on their team (and arguably in the league) who WOULD they reward?
In the same vein as the last slide, this team doesn't belong to anybody but Peyton Manning, at least football-wise.
Who calls the plays at the line? Peyton Manning
Who runs the offensive staff meetings? Peyton Manning
Who runs the most one-dimensional offense in recent memory? Peyton Manning
As long as Peyton plays for this team, he will be its heart and soul.
Wait, the guy in this photo isn't Peyton Manning! He's that...that one guy.
If that's what you just thought, you're not alone. Outside of Colt Nation, Curtis Painter is relatively unknown. That might be a good thing.
In his few performances last year, Curtis Painter was relatively atrocious. Granted they were against the Jets and Bills (number one defense and number two in interceptions respectively), but he still looked very uncomfortable.
This might just be the most obvious reason. Unless Polian thinks the "quarterback" in this picture can lead the team - he should be admitted to a mental hospital in that case - he will sign Peyton to a bigger contract.
Does this guy look like he would lie to you?
In all of my years following the Colts, I can't recall a single instance of Bill Polian flat out lying to the public or the media. He has stated that the goal this offseason is to give Manning a long term extension and I see no reason why it won't happen.
Seriously, it's Peyton Manning. He has been named to the Pro Bowl 10 times and every year since 2002. He's a four time MVP, the fastest ever to reach 10,000 and 30,000 career yards passing and holds countless other franchise and career records.
The guy is already a surefire Hall of Famer and he continues to lead a Superbowl contending team every year.
If anybody deserves it, Peyton Manning does.