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Report: Irsay to meet with Manning in next week

INDIANAPOLIS – Jim Irsay expects to meet with Peyton Manning in the next seven days, and the Colts owner told The Indianapolis Star the return of the four-time MVP depends on his willingness to restructure his contract.

Manning has spent the past five months recovering from his third neck surgery in less than two years, and there have been conflicting reports about how much progress the star quarterback has made.

The Colts owe Manning a $28 million roster bonus by March 8.

Irsay told the newspaper on Tuesday the Colts would love to have Manning finish his career in Indianapolis “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.”

Colts also completed their coaching staff Tuesday by hiring eight assistant coaches and making Clyde Christensen quarterbacks coach.

Gary Emanuel will coach the defensive line, Jeff Fitzgerald will coach linebackers, Mike Gillhamer is in charge of the secondary and Brad White will be in charge of defensive quality control.

Christensen will stay on the staff as quarterbacks coach. He was offensive coordinator the last two seasons.

Joe Gilbert takes over as assistant offensive line coach, Frank Giufre is in charge of offensive quality control with Alfredo Roberts in charge of tight ends Charlie Williams leading the receivers.

First-year head coach Chuck Pagano already hired Bruce Arians as offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator.

Indianapolis has undergone a major overhaul since going a league-worst 2-14.

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