Colts’ Irsay: Manning will be NFL’s highest-paid player

Colts owner Jim Irsay told a small group of reporters at Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day that he intends to make QB Peyton Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL with his next contract.

“We know Peyton’s going to be the highest-paid player in the league,” Irsay said, according to the Boston Herald. “It’s something that’ll get done. We’ll be talking in the offseason.”

Manning signed a seven-year, $99.2 million deal with the Colts in 2004. By comparison, his brother, Giants QB Eli Manning, signed a seven-year, $106.9 million deal in 2009. Chargers QB Philip Rivers signed a seven-year, $98.25 million contract in 2009, too.

Patriots QB Tom Brady‘s contract also is up in 2010, and he could receive a similar deal.

“Those two guys are kinda tied at the hip as outstanding players,” Irsay told The Herald. “Brady’s up at the same time and there’s no question that those guys are comparable in terms of what they’ll be getting paid.”

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