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Jim Irsay reminds Drew Rosenhaus he has ‘SERIOUS coin’ for Ahmad Bradshaw

Jim IrsayThe Indianapolis Colts have been exploring the possibility of signing Ahmad Bradshaw to bolster their backfield. Any time a team is looking to sign a player who has tremendous upside but a history of injuries, negotiations can be tricky. However, Colts owner Jim Irsay just cannot seem to contain his excitement.

Irsay is currently recovering from hip-replacement surgery, but he took a few moments on Monday night to reach out to NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus, who happens to represent Bradshaw.

While the Colts owner did not mention Bradshaw by name, there’s a strong possibility that is who he is referring to. Rosenhaus responded by expressing a desire to finalize a deal as well.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wisely points out that it is the job of Indianapolis GM Ryan Grigson, who is the NFL’s reigning executive of the year, to negotiate a contract for Bradshaw. By admitting that the Colts are willing to pony up “serious coin” for the free agent, Irsay is crippling Grigson’s ability to negotiate from a point of leverage. Perhaps Jim should wait until he’s off the painkillers to start tweeting.

Then again, this isn’t the first time Irsay has become overly excited about free agent moves. At the end of the day, he’s more of just a fan who happens to be loaded.

Jim Irsay was super pumped about the Colts’ free agent moves!!!!!!

Jim IrsayThe Indianapolis Colts didn’t have the most notable day in free agency Tuesday, but the Twitter feed of team owner Jim Irsay sure suggested otherwise.

Irsay was promoting the team’s moves on his Twitter account, and you would have sworn the Colts had signed Mike Wallace and traded for Percy Harvin the way he was acting.

Shoot, after a tweet like that, you had to be excited. So what was the big news?

The Colts reached deals with OT Gosder Cherilus, DB Greg Toler, LB Erik Walden, OG Donald Thomas, and LB Lawrence Sidbury — none of whom are notable stars.

Because of the way he was hyping up the team’s moves, fans were understandably disappointed with the deals. That prompted a response from Irsay:

What a doofus.

Jim Irsay gave a Twitter follower $8,500 for guessing Patriots-Ravens score

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Hardly anyone predicted that the Baltimore Ravens would hold the New England Patriots to 13 points and defeat them with relative ease in the AFC Championship Game, let alone correctly guess the score of the game. One lucky (or brilliant) fan did just that, and he is now $8,500 richer because of it.

On Sunday, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that he would give away $8,500 cash to one of his followers who predicted the exact score of the Pats-Ravens game before kickoff. Irsay offered a one-point cushion on either side of the score, and a Colts fan named Jason predicted that Baltimore would win 27-14. The Ravens beat the Patriots, 28-13. On Monday, Jason shared his story on a Phish message board (Fluff Head is a reference to a Phish song) and posted the photo that you see above of the package Irsay sent him.

Jason wasn’t the only person to win a contest stemming from Irsay’s Twitter account on Sunday. The Colts owner also asked his followers to guess the winner of the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, the quarterback rating of the winning quarterback and the total score of the game. That contest was worth $2,000. He also gave away $500 to a follower who guessed who would win the Patriots-Ravens against the spread, which was New England -7. For any contest that had multiple winners, Irsay drew a name from a hat. It’s unclear if the other winners have received their prizes, but they did receive a congratulatory tweet from Irsay. Our guess is he paid up.

“I think (Irsay) is the best owner in the NFL,” Jason wrote on the forum.

Say what you will about Irsay and his love of tweeting (and himself), but that was one awesome Twitter giveaway. Can he afford it? Of course — he owns an NFL team. That doesn’t mean he has any obligation to going giving his fortune away to complete strangers. He’s probably the only owner that would do something like that.

H/T Deadspin

Jim Irsay looks like a d-bag, but I guess he’s just ready for the playoffs (Picture)

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Indianpolis Colts owner Jim Irsay loves Twitter way too much. When he’s not using it to try to build anticipation about a Colts trade or free agent signing, he’s tweeting out things that make him sound like a 15-year-old girl. And when he’s not doing that, he’s tweeting out pictures of himself dressed like an absolute d-bag.

Irsay tweeted the photo you see above on Wednesday night with the following caption.

“It’s playoff time, ya’ll … Time to let The Monster feed!!!!!!”

Is there really anything we need to add to that? The only owner in sports that MIGHT do crazier things on Twitter than Irsay is this guy.

Colts owner Jim Irsay: We can make it work if Peyton Manning wants to stay here

Colts owner Jim Irsay has put the ball back in Peyton Manning’s court as the public relations battle between the team and player continues.

“We can make it work if he wants to be here,’’ Irsay said of Manning Tuesday. “We’d be excited to have him back and finish his career with us.

“I want him to be able to make the choice. We would love to have him back here if he can get healthy and we can look at doing a contract that reflects the uncertainty of the . . . healing process with the regeneration of the nerve.”

Irsay is making the Colts look like the good guys in this negotiation. They’re not going to pay Peyton his $28 million option bonus on March 8. If they do offer him a contract, it likely won’t be for much money.

Considering the Colts are planning to draft Andrew Luck (or another quarterback), Peyton likely wouldn’t be willing to share the position when he could go to another team where they’d love to have him. This was a wise public statement by Irsay.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Tries to Call Out Adam Schefter’s Reporting, Mostly Fails

Colts owner Jim Irsay fired off a few tweets Sunday to dispute the reporting of ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but Schefter made him look foolish.

Irsay was irked with Schefter’s report that Patriots director of player personnel, Nick Caserio, turned down overtures from the Colts to remain with New England. Irsay fired both Bill and Chris Polian and has a vacancy to fill.

“Adam S, not true about “first candidate we wanted to hire..” There is not any candidate we “wanted to hire” I haven’t interviewed … That’s the way people get false promo about being so coveted just because they don’t interview somewhere;SHELL GAME..leave us out of that BS … Adam, don’t say I wanted to hire someone I never talked to or met..MISLEADING..come on,your better than that..get your head in the game, son!”

Those were three tweets sent by Irsay, edited for clarity. It sounds like he’s making Schefter look bad, until you read Adam’s response.

“Excuse me Jim Irsay,” he wrote, “NFL told me your general counsel Daniel Emerson emailed request for Nick Cesario on Tues before he opted to stay in NE.”

Burned. See, the thing you need to note is that Irsay says he never interviewed or met Caserio. That doesn’t mean he didn’t reach out to Caserio about an interview. That doesn’t mean he didn’t have interest in hiring him. I’ll trust Schefter’s reporting more than Irsay’s angry words. And that’s what this really comes down to. It’s not that what Schefter reports is inaccurate; it’s that people are upset when insiders report information people want to keep private. That’s what’s going on here, in my opinion.

Thanks to Sports by Brooks for the heads up.

Shocker! Colts Would Strongly Consider Drafting Andrew Luck

One of the more interesting side stories this season in the NFL has been the race for the worst overall record in the league. The team that finishes with the worst record receives the top overall pick in the draft. This year, finishing with the worst overall record seems like a blessing.

Many football fans and media members feel so strongly about Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck‘s chances for success, that they view having the worst record in the league as a good thing. People have cleverly called this inverted race the “Suck for Luck” campaign. No surprise, the Colts would be interested in drafting Luck if they have the opportunity.

According to Jason Cole, Colts owner Jim Irsay strongly indicated the franchise would be willing to take Luck if they have the chance.

“Guys like that come along so rarely,” Irsay said, referring to Manning and what many are projecting of Luck. “Even if that means that guy sits for three or four years, you’d certainly think about taking him … you see what Green Bay did with [Brett] Favre and [Aaron] Rodgers and you’d like to be able to do the same thing.”

I’m not sure why this story was presented as news, or why I’m posting it. I might as well have told you that the Colts like good players, and that they also enjoy winning. Any team that has a chance to draft Luck would be foolish to pass up the opportunity. There are very few franchise quarterbacks in the NFL, and Luck looks like he’ll be one of them. About the only team that could screw up such an opportunity would be the Raiders; Al Davis would have gone for Luck’s receiver who runs a 4.3 40 instead.

What’s a matter, too early for that one?