Irsay has maintained his team's desire to sign the star quarterback to an extension before the start of the 2010 season. He said Monday that will become more of a priority after the draft in April.
Manning has one year left on his current deal, and Irsay said getting an extension done with him "is a lot easier" than the contract recently completed for linebacker Gary Brackett. There is little doubt that Manning will be the NFL's highest-paid player, or very close to it.
Irsay said he expects face-to-face meetings between team president Bill Polian and Tom Condon, Manning's agent, to take place in May or June. Irsay reiterated that the team has ample time to complete a deal, but he would love the situation to be resolved in the spring or summer.