Colts owner says he won’t let Peyton Manning go
Jim Irsay won’t let Peyton Manning walk away from the Colts next season — no matter the cost.
Indianapolis’ owner reiterated that he intends to make Manning the NFL’s highest-paid player even if it takes the prohibitive franchise tag to keep the only four-time MVP in league history in blue and white.
“The bottom line is we’ll get something done and when it happens just depends,” Irsay said during the Colts’ first training camp practice. “I said he’d be the highest-paid player and he may already be if we go with the tag. I’d love to see him be here and break all those records as a Colt.”
Irsay has never been shy about paying top dollar for his best players.
Manning signed his current deal worth $98 million in 2004.
Irsay said Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, and team President Bill Polian have discussed a contract extension, but the biggest obstacle so far has been the lack of a collective bargaining agreement.
The Washington Redskins have acquired quarterback John Beck from the Baltimore Ravens for cornerback Doug Dutch.
The Redskins also released quarterback Colt Brennan on Monday.
Beck was a backup with the Ravens last year and previously played two seasons with Miami.
Beck will compete with Rex Grossman and Richard Bartel for a roster spot with the Redskins, who have Donovan McNabb as their starter.
Brennan was a sixth-round pick in 2008 but never played for Washington. He sat out last year after having hip surgery.
This time, Albert Haynesworth started but had to stop.
The two-time All-Pro defensive tackle tried to take the Redskins’ conditioning test again, but he pulled up after three back-and-forth sprints because he felt some irritation in his left knee.
Haynesworth isn’t allowed to practice until he passes the test.
Former Detroit Lions cornerback James Hunter has died.
The team says he died Monday from an apparent heart attack at age 56.
Detroit drafted Hunter with the 10th pick overall in 1976. He had a career-high seven interceptions in his debut season and was NFL rookie of the year runner-up behind future Hall of Famer Mike Haynes.
Veteran linebacker Aaron Schobel’s career with the Buffalo Bills appears over.
General Manager Buddy Nix said Monday the Bills are moving on without their leading pass rusher, ruling out any chance Schobel will be a member of the team this season. Schobel has not attended training camp as he tries to figure out whether to play for Buffalo or retire, so the Bills made the choice easier for him.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu have finally agreed on a five-year contract worth $28 million, ending the defensive tackle’s brief holdout and getting him on his way to training camp.... The Arizona Cardinals and first-round draft pick Dan Williams have agreed on a five-year contract.