NFL Franchise Notes: Report Says Irsay Turned Down $3.2B Colts Offer
In Indianapolis, Erickson & Newell report Colts Owner Jim Irsay was "recently offered" $3.2B for the team, nearly $1B more than the $2.275B the Panthers sold for last year and "more than double" what the Bills sold for in '14. A Colts spokesperson said that the Colts are "not for sale" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/5). PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio wrote there is "no way to know" whether the Colts bid is true, "unless and until the unidentified buyer becomes identified -- and unless and until the unidentified buyer confirms the rejected offer." Otherwise, it is "possible that the team is for sale, and that telling the world" that a $3.2B offer was "rejected sends a message that it will cost more than that to get the team" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 9/4).
NEW LOOK FOR NEW ERA: In Cleveland, Mary Kay Cabot notes the Browns' "fan favorites" Color Rush uniforms will "become the team's primary uniforms this season." The team "petitioned the NFL to allow them to wear the uniforms more this season." They feature "brown jerseys with orange lettering and numbers and striping and brown pants with orange stripes down the side." However, this "doesn't spell the end of the other versions of the team's uniform" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 9/5).
IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT: In N.Y., Brian Costello wrote Jets Chair & CEO Christopher Johnson has "put his stamp" on the team in his two years in charge. In the past 18 months, Johnson replaced coach Todd Bowles with Adam Gase, then "made the wildly unpopular decision, because of timing," to fire GM Mike Maccagnan in May, replacing him with Joe Douglas. Johnson "made the move, absorbed the body blows, and it feels like the Jets are better off for it." This week, Johnson also "shook up the business side of the operation" by replacing President Neil Glat with Hymie Elhai. Christopher has been "more than a babysitter" in the absence of his brother, team Owner Woody Johnson (N.Y. POST, 9/5).