Polian on issues facing Brady, Manning talks
|07.03.10 at 8:19 pm ET|
Speaking on the Fenway Park field prior to the Red Sox’ game against the Orioles Saturday night, Bill Polian, the president of the Indianapolis Colts, spoke on what might await teams such as the Colts and Patriots when it comes to the challenges that will come with attempting to re-sign their superstar quarterbacks.
Polian noted having to commit a significant amount of financial resources to a top tier quarterback — such as Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, both of whom are heading into the final years of their respective contracts — will inevitably have some bearing on teams’ the ability to construct a team. But Polian also points out that the level of impact won’t be entirely known until a new collective bargaining agreement is put in place.
“It’s bound to have some effect,” Polian told WEEI.com. “What we don’t know is what the system is going forward. It makes it really difficult working out a deal that makes sense for everybody because you don’t know what the [salary] cap will be, what the ramifications are, how things count. All of that makes it a little difficult. We’ve been going slowly along with [Manning's agent] Tom Condon because we’re trying to formulate some things that will fit no matter what the system is.”
The National Football League’s current collective bargaining agreement expires in March, 2011. And while such decision-makers as Polian and his Patriots’ counterparts will be hamstrung by the uncertainty that comes with not knowing what the new CBA might bring, there is some hope that there will be some inkling regarding what awaits. (For more information regarding the drama surrounding the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement click here.)
“We can’t get into the nitty-gritty because we don’t mow what the rules will be. And that will clarify itself as the year goes on because there will be talks, people will understand what’s on the table and what’s not on the table,” Polian said. “It’s not like you’re going to get a deal in October, I don’t think. If that happens it would be great. But at least you can get a feel for the way things are going.”
Speaking at a charity flag football game for Best Buddies at Harvard Stadium on June 4, Brady downplayed the drama that is surrounding his impending contract year, saying, “I don’t want to talk about it a whole lot because really there’s nothing anybody can solve other than the team and myself,” Brady said. “There’s a lot of guys in my situation, so really I just want to focus on what’s coming up this week. I’m just excited about being on the field with the guys. Things happen. Some are out of your control so you’ve just got to go with the flow.
“Really I haven’t been thinking about it a whole lot,” Brady said when asked if he is upset with not having a deal done. “It’s just part of the process. I love being out on the field with the guys and playing and that’s really where my head’s at.”
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