What’s $54 Million Between Friends?

December 22nd, 2011

This season the Indianapolis Colts payed Peyton Manning $26 million, even though he didn’t take a single snap. He is due a $26 million bonus in March if he is still on the roster. Is owner Jim Irsay worried? Nah.

The only four-time MVP in league history also is due a $28 million bonus in early March — a prospect that had some thinking Thursday night could be the final time Manning would be on the home team’s sideline at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Irsay said that’s not the case.

“I don’t see that being an issue,” Irsay said. “I paid him $26 million this season and he didn’t play and I knew it was an iffy situation. If he’s healthy and he can play, he’ll be back here.”

Pocket change.