Updated: May 5, 2003, 11:53 AM ETBy By Darrell Trimble
Indianapolis Colts: QB Peyton Manning's contract situation has been put off long enough, according to owner Jim Irsay. Irsay said that team president Bill Polian and Manning's agent, Tom Condon, agreed to wait until the NFL's veteran free-agency period and the draft passed before getting serious. "Both sides would like to get something done sooner than later," Irsay told the Indianapolis Star. "The numbers are out there. He's already one of the top-paid quarterbacks in the league. It's just a matter of sitting down and getting it done." Manning will count more than $15 million against the 2003 salary cap. Miami Dolphins: Mike Shula appears to be a strong candidate for the coaching job at the University of Alabama. The Miami Herald reports athletic director Mal Moore requested permission from Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt to speak with the team's quarterbacks coach. ''Dave told me he was contacted by somebody at the university who said there might be interest,'' Shula told the Herald. "I'm an [alumnus] and I love Alabama. That's really all I have to say. I have to wait and hear more about what it might be.'' Philadelphia Eagles: After an impressive showing at the team's minicamp, RB Correll Buckhalter looks to be close to 100 percent after undergoing knee surgery during his rookie season. "He's really looked good," offensive coordinator Brad Childress told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I saw some good things on tape ... just in terms of him stuffing that leg into the ground and breaking off of it. That's always encouraging."