Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 11/4/11
  One of the great lines from American literature comes from The Great Gatsby. “The rich are different from you and me,” said the Great Gatsby. He was right and it applies to football just as it does everywhere else. How else can you explain that in July the Indianapolis Colts signed 35-year-old quarterback Peyton Manning to a five-year, $90 million contract without taking a physical? In the Colts’ defense, Manning did pass a physical at the beginning of September, but quickly re-injured his neck, forcing a third surgery. And now it comes out that Manning himself knew he was injured when he signed. He claims that he wanted the deal to include an escape clause in case his neck did not heal to the point at which he could resume playing. Speaking to reporters in Indy, Manning called the deal a “one-year deal with a four-year extension; and that was my recommendation because I wasn’t healthy when I signed the contract.” While that may sound like he’s doing the team a favor, he’s not. Essentially, under Manning’s scenario, if he does not heal, he gets out of the contract with a pile of money to cushion his fall and [...]
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