- Chris Mortensen, NFL reporter
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Peyton Manning will not have a new contract before the season ends.
Manning's agent, Tom Condon, confirmed that he informed Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian in a face-to-face meeting Wednesday that the 13-year veteran quarterback will not discuss or negotiate a new contract until after the 2010 season. Condon said Polian's reaction was simple: "OK."
Manning is in the final year of a seven-year, $99.2 million contract. If he does not have a new deal in place for 2011, the Colts are expected to place a franchise tag on the quarterback at an estimated guaranteed $24 million.
Condon also said there have been "zero negotiations" between the Colts and Manning.
Condon, who represents many of the league's top players, made a 255-mile drive from St. Louis to Indianapolis to deliver a very brief message that Manning does not want any distractions during the football season.
"Why did I drive all that way? Because we have a long-standing relationship," replied Condon.
Chris Mortensen is ESPN's Senior NFL Analyst.
Peyton Manning will not have Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark for the rest of the season and he won't have a new contract before the season ends.