There's plenty of football news. If you can dig beyond the bluster of the Jets and the oh-so-controversial Tweeting of Chad Ochocinco, you'll find a few things that could effect the future of the league.
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are both in the final year of their contracts. The NFL is spiraling towards a lockout in 2011 and a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). There might be 18 games in the 2012 regular season. And it's the all-important week three of the preseason where starters play most of the game.
One would think that having Brady and Manning up for contract negotiations would be one of the summer's biggest stories. At least on the level of Albert Haynesworth's conditioning test or the Darelle Revis holdout.
But the two teams and two men under discussion are football-focused and generally mum to the media on any issues.
Brady looks to bounce back this season, another year removed from his knee injury, and he has his favorite weapons of Randy Moss and Wes Welker, plus shiny new tight-ends and a healthy troupe of running backs.
If his young defense picks it up this season, even in a difficult division with a killer schedule, the Patriots should make the playoffs. Again.
And Manning is consistently very good, winning accolades and games. Brady has more rings and is younger, so he should probably be paid a bit more, but both players are looking at contracts upwards of $100 million.
So why haven't the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts inked their franchise QBs to mega-million dollar deals?
Here are a few reasons:
- Both teams want their star quarterbacks and are willing to fork up the cash, but both want to say their guy is the highest paid guy. Maybe Robert Kraft (Pats owner) and Jim Irsay (Colts owner) need to call each other up and pay them the exact same.
- Irsay forgot Manning is payed to play football. Irsay is so used to seeing Manning on TV in one of his million commercials, he thought he was an actor.
- Bill Bellichick and Kraft don't like Brady's haircut and are hoping to ink a deal once he gets it cut.
- Why pay a guy millions of dollars if you are just going to lock him out next year?