Peyton Manning is in line for a big payday from the Indianapolis Colts.
The four-time league MVP received an exclusive franchise tag Tuesday, a move announced by team owner Jim Irsay that could cost the Colts $23 million next season. Irsay wrote on Twitter that the team will continue to negotiate a long-term deal with Manning.
He was one of a handful of players who had franchise tags placed on them Tuesday, which means a team must pay a player the average of the top five salaries at his position.
Like Manning, Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick also received the exclusive label, the Eagles’ website reported, so no other team can negotiate with him.
Also receiving franchise tags — all believed to be non-exclusive — were San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson, Baltimore defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, New York Jets linebacker David Harris and New England offensive lineman Logan Mankins. All can negotiate with other teams and if they receive an offer, their current team can either match the other club’s offer or receive two first-round draft choices as compensation.
Teams were able to start using the franchise label on Feb. 10, but it is still uncertain whether the tag will stand because of the NFL’s unsettled labor situation. Jeff Pash, the NFL’s lead labor negotiator, recently said he expected the franchise tag to continue to operate as it has previously. But NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said the 2011 season doesn’t fall under the current collective bargaining agreement that expires March 3.
The Eagles also placed the transition tag on Pro Bowl kicker David Akers.
ZORN JOINS CHIEFS
Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and assistant coach Jim Zorn was hired as the quarterbacks coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Zorn, 57, was released as Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach on Jan. 27.
He was 12-20 as the Washington Redskins’ head coach in 2008-09. He made 106 starts during an 11-year playing career beginning in 1976 with Seattle. He completed 1,669 passes for 21,115 yards and 111 touchdowns after entering the league undrafted.
The NFL has offered the 400 fans displaced by problems with temporary seats at the Super Bowl either $5,000 or reimbursement for “actual documented” Super Bowl expenses, whichever figure is higher. Former Cleveland head coach Chris Palmer was hired to be the Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator. San Diego Chargers wide receiver Legedu Naanee faces charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest after police say he ignored officers’ orders to stay away from a weekend homicide scene in Indianapolis. A county board of commissioners voted to explore what it would take to lure the Minnesota Vikings out of Minneapolis and into the suburbs. The Vikings are seeking a new stadium.