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Still, there are potential obstacles. Manning is one of the players involved in an antitrust suit against the NFL, and some reports indicated those players wanted a settlement that only allows them to be given the franchise tag once during their careers. Indy used the tag on Manning in 2004. He eventually signed a seven-year, $98 million deal that allowed the Colts to rescind the tag.

Condon has repeatedly denied the assertion that Manning is looking for any special treatment because of the lawsuit.

Manning’s impact on the Colts has been clear.

When he arrived, Indy was coming off a 3-13 season and not a regular contender.

Since being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in 1998, Manning has led the Colts to 11 playoff appearances, eight division titles, two AFC championships and the 2006 Super Bowl crown. He has thrown for nearly 55,000 yards, has a career completion percentage of 64.9 and needs one more TD pass to reach 400 in his career. He’s broken all of the franchise’s major all-time passing marks, most previously held by Hall of Famer John Unitas.

Most important, he has not missed a start in the regular season or playoffs, 227 games, the second-longest streak in league history among quarterbacks and has won a league-record four MVPs as well as one Super Bowl MVP award.

Manning’s career, however, hasn’t been completely injury free.

In 2008, he missed all of training camp after having surgery for an infected bursa sac in his left knee. Indy started that season 3-4, then reeled off nine straight wins to make the playoffs again. In March 2010, he had surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve in his neck and did not miss any team as he led the injury-depleted Colts to another crown.