Price per head sportsbooks were surprised to learn that when Peyton Manning turned into a free agent after the Indianapolis Colts released him in 2012, he told his agent while trying to find a new team that he didn’t want to get paid more than Tom Brady.
Tom Condon, Manning’s agent, discussed the story of the player’s free agency in an interview with MMQB.com.
Condon said that with a dozen teams interested in having Manning in their ranks, he thought that would be able to secure a $25 million deal per season for the future Hall of Fame quarterback, who would decide with which team he would play before any negotiations took place, and price per head sportsbooks were eager to see what move the player and his agent would make.
Pay per head services learned that when Manning decided to sign with Denver, he asked Condon: “What does Tom Brady make?”
“$18 million a year,” Condon answered, according to MMQB.com.
“Then I don’t want to make a penny more than that,” Manning said.
The agent told MMQB.com that when Manning found out that the Broncos’ offer was for $19.4 million a year, the player was “incensed” at him, telling his agent, “I told you I didn’t want to make more than Brady.”
Condon finally apologized. Pay per head services found out that he called Manning’s wife, who said, “I’ll take care of it” and then, according to MMQB.com, he was able to persuade Manning to take the deal.
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After a poor playoff exit in his first season with the Broncos, Manning clinched his fifth league MVP award this season. He led Denver to the Super Bowl, where they ended up losing to the Seattle Seahawks.
Pay per head services and many fans were wondering about why Manning didn’t want to make more than Brady, and would like to see if one day the player will say exactly why.