Brandt: Manning, the cap and cash

Andrew Brandt clarifies the recent analysis of Peyton Manning’s contract and confirms that the cap savings in 2012 were Manning released is indeed $1 million. He believes the cash aspect of the deal however is not tenable:

Again, if somehow, contrary to all indications, the Colts exercise the option on Manning and draft Luck, the combined cash to the two players – who play the same position – would be close to $51 million paid in 2012.  Paying $51 million for two players at the same position, only one of which will play, is untenable.

To be clear Brandt is saying that the 2012 cap isn’t the issue but rather the $51 million cash outlay for two quarterbacks is a position most teams would not entertain. Given Brandt’s experience structuring Brett Favre’s contract you can trust that he understands how a scenario like this generally plays out.

Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.