According to Peyton Manning's agent Tom Condon, when Manning hit free agency in 2012 there was one key stipulation to the negotiations: Manning didn't want to get paid more than Tom Brady.
Andrew Brandt shared Condon's story this week on MMQB.com. Condon said he was hoping for a 12-team bidding process after Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts, but the quarterback only wanted to visit with four. He quickly selected the Broncos. As Condon explains, Manning then asked how much Brady made. When told it was $18 million a year, Manning instructed that Denver's offer was not to exceed that total. Brandt describes what happens next:
[The Broncos' opening offer was $19.4 million a year. Condon phoned to tell Manning, who was incensed:
"I told you I didn't want to make more than Brady!"
Condon apologized, hung up and called Manning's wife, who responded, "I'll take care of it," and coaxed Manning to accept the Broncos' offer.
As Ashley Manning showed, Peyton's not the only one in his house who knows how to call audibles.