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Irsay: Lockout won't affect Manning relationship

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08:00 AM ET 03.16 | Though the lockout clearly has two sides, 32 owners vs. more than 1,800 players, at least one owner, Jim Irsay, insists his friendships with Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday are not caught in the middle. That quasi-separation, Irsay emphasized Monday, is temporary. Manning and Saturday are "very close friends of mine and this isn't about us against them," Irsay said, adding he occasionally has found himself on opposing sides of a business dispute with close associates. "You have disagreements and there's contention. It's a process, [but] it's not something that's personal." Mediated negotiations between the NFL and NFL Players Association ended Friday when the union broke off talks and filed for decertification.

Indianapolis Star

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March 16, 2011  08:02 AM ET

This is good to know, we can all sleep better knowing this. <rolls eyes>

March 16, 2011  08:12 AM ET

Sloooooooooooooooooooooooooooow news day, but this is the norm now until a new CBA is done.

March 16, 2011  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sloooooooooooooooooooooooooooow news day, but this is the norm now until a new CBA is done.

Norm! Cheers, everyone.

March 16, 2011  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This is good to know, we can all sleep better knowing this. <rolls eyes>

First post in all 3 threads so far. Triple Crown. This is actually more significant than anything they've "reported" on so far.

March 16, 2011  08:20 AM ET

Yes..contention. Now go get it fixed before we all pass of boredom!

March 16, 2011  08:24 AM ET

It's nothing personal, It's just business. (Pull's out 9mm.)

March 16, 2011  08:26 AM ET
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It's nothing personal, It's just business. (Pull's out 9mm.)

what...he rides with Tank Johnson and Pacman these days since there's not much to do?

March 16, 2011  08:32 AM ET
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what...he rides with Tank Johnson and Pacman these days since there's not much to do?

That's a recipe for disaster.

March 16, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Didn't Luca Brazzi look at things that way? Now he sleeps with the fishes.

March 16, 2011  08:40 AM ET
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Now he sleeps with the fishes.

Is that like playing for the Dolphins?

March 16, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Nice to know they can disagree without being disagreeable...a lot of voters and politicians consider that an untenable concept.

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March 16, 2011  08:46 AM ET

Whew! Now I won't lose any sleep over this.

March 16, 2011  08:52 AM ET

You know... you gotta have friends...

March 16, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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Is that like playing for the Dolphins?

I suppose that depends on your religious ideas, but I have trouble believing any deity would banish someone to such a horrible fate.

March 16, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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I suppose that depends on your religious ideas, but I have trouble believing any deity would banish someone to such a horrible fate.

Has the Tuna reached deity status?

March 16, 2011  09:07 AM ET
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Has the Tuna reached deity status?

Didn't he resign from that status?

March 16, 2011  09:37 AM ET

Jim Irsay is really different from his late father. His father was with stubborn mule head. I remember his father moves when they were in Baltimore. John Elway said that he will pass on Football rather than play for Irsay. He was vey cheap God may rest his sole.

March 16, 2011  10:00 AM ET

It's all about leverage. The Colts need Peyton more than he needs them or their money anymore. Same with Brees and Brady. If not, the owners would dump these guys today, just like they did with the last NFLPA player rep. ( a certain center with all pro credentials). Blackballed out of the league.....ya could look it up.

 
March 16, 2011  10:01 AM ET

A lot of border ine guys are going to get release when it is over. You watch. Owners will get their pound of flesh. They are used to always getting their way.

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