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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Peyton Manning has a new long-term deal in time to report to training camp.
He still hasn’t been cleared to practice.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said he was “thrilled” to sign the only four-time MVP in league history to a deal that will likely keep him in Indianapolis for the rest of his career. It’s a five-year contract for $90 million with $69 million of that paid in the first three years, Irsay posted on his Twitter account.
“Signing Peyton was a top priority for this organization and we are thrilled that the deal is complete,” Irsay said in a statement released by the team Saturday. “We feel that it is a salary cap friendly deal and it allows us more flexibility.”
The deal comes nearly five months after the team used the exclusive franchise tag to prevent Manning from negotiating with any other teams. Had Manning signed the one-year offer, he would have made $23.1 million this season.
By getting the long-term deal done, Manning’s salary cap number will be reduced this season to $16 million, Irsay wrote, allowing the team to sign more of its own free agents. The Colts have already re-signed two key veterans _ safety Melvin Bullitt and kicker Adam Vinatieri _ this week. They also lost linebacker Clint Session to Jacksonville in free agency.
That leaves left tackle Charlie Johnson and defensive tackle Dan Muir as the next big ticket items. They still have not signed their first three draft picks, either, tackles Anthony Castonzo and Ben Ijalana or defensive tackle Drake Nevis.
The Colts report to training camp Sunday at Anderson University, about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
The deal should ensure Manning arrives in camp on time.
Coach Jim Caldwell said Friday he expected Manning to be at camp if he was signed.
But Manning will not practice because he’s continuing to rehabilitate from neck surgery he had in May. It was the second since March 2010 that he had neck surgery.
Caldwell also said Friday he did not expect Manning to practice, and the team announced Saturday it will put Manning on the physically unable to perform list, preventing him from practicing until he is removed from the list. Because it is the preseason, he could be removed from the list at any time and return to practice.
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