Brady deal measuring stick for Manning

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:05 PM ET

With pretty boy Tom Brady now having all these newfound riches with which to shower his wife Gisele with even more glitzy bling, the focus now shifts to the contract status of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

In light of Brady having agreed to a four-year, $72 million US extension with the New England Patriots this week, the pressing question in Indy now becomes: How much is Manning worth?

Manning, who is in the final season of a six-year deal worth $98 million, has led the Colts to a pair of Super Bowl appearances including a victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Still in his prime at age 34, his bust is guaranteed to one day be among the other all-time greats at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Colts management indicated during the off-season that it would potentially make Manning the highest-paid player in the league, but the uncertainty of the NFL's labour situation have created some irritating bumps in the negotiating road.

Not that you'll hear about them. Or anything else regarding the talks. So says Colts owner Jim Irsay, who indicated the organization will keep its collective yaps shut when it comes to the Manning situation.

"The cone of silence is going to come down, at least for us," Irsay told the Indianapolis Star. "That's how you get something done."

Irsay is not counting out the possibility of a new pact for Manning being worked completed during the season.

"Everyone can walk and chew gum at the same time," Irsay said. "You have to multitask at this level. Things have a way of working themselves out."

Colts fans don't care about the details. They just remember the dark days when Mike Pagel and Craig Erickson were lining up with their hands under centre poised to take snaps.

It remains a nightmare for the fine folks of Indy.

In other words, the Colts had better get Manning signed. And fast.

The Brady Scrunch?

While on the subject of Brady, the Pats franchise quarterback feels very fortunate he was not seriously injured in the highly-publicized auto accident he was involved in Thursday morning.

Owner Robert Kraft certainly shares those sentiments, especially after discovering from Brady what a close call it really was.

"(Brady) was saying how the thump he took was not unlike getting hit on the field here," Kraft told ESPN. "He arched and prepared himself and we're just lucky with the glass and angles.

"We have a lot of be thankful for. It was really a miracle."

Kraft said the Pats' collective thoughts are with Ludgero Rodrigues, 21. According to local police, Rodrigues was at the wheel of the van that struck Brady's car.

"We have a saying that out of bad things good things can happen if managed properly," Kraft said. "It put in perspective everything we're doing.

"We're very, very lucky. Patriot Nation is lucky (Brady) had his seatbelt on."

The White stuff

Quarterback Pat White, recently cut by the Dolphins, has signed with Kansas City.

Not the Chiefs though.

The speedster is heading to the baseball Royals on a minor league deal.

Can you say "Bo Jackson?"

White, a college star at West Virginia, played in 13 games for the Dolphins last season, running for 81 yards on 21 carries. He'll now attempt to work his way through the minors and break into the bigs as an outfielder.

White had previously been drafted by the Anaheim Angels, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees.

Extra Points

Centre Kevin Mawae's decision to retire caused his Tennessee Titan teammates to pay tribute to him by wearing grey tight-fitting shorts like the eight-time Pro Bowler often did ... Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom will start against the Pats Sunday after he appealed a four-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance ... Pats RB Lawrence Maroney is listed as questionable for the game against Cincy.

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