By Tom E. Curran
NEW ORLEANS - Colts owner Jim Irsay signaled on Monday some impatience with getting Peyton Manning's new contract done. Manning, who is slated to make 23 million in 2011 under the franchise tag, is seeking a new contract. The Colts have basically promised to make Manning the highest paid quarterback in the history of earth. Yet the new deal didn't get done to the seeming consternation of Irsay."It should get done," said Irsay. "If you ask me it should have gotten done. You'll have to ask Manning's agent Tom Condon why it's not done."After maintaining that Manning has a willingness to sign a deal that helps the Colts remain a deep team, Irsay reiterated, "It should get done. I would have thought it would have been done already. But these things get donewhen they do."
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Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on. ... Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.