Peyton Manning is expected to get a pay raise next season.

Oft-injured safety Bob Sanders may have to take a pay cut, and longtime Colts running backs coach Gene Huey is looking for a new job.

It's just one week into Indianapolis' offseason and already one of the NFL's most stable teams is preparing for the whirlwind of twists and turns.

"Yeah, I think something will get done (with Manning), but it's hard to predict when," Tom Condon, the agent for Manning and Sanders, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

At first glance, it looks as if this will be one of the least contentious negotiations in league history.

Team owner Jim Irsay reiterated late last week that he still intends to make Manning, the only four-time MVP in league history, the NFL's highest-paid player.

But first, the two sides must agree on who holds the distinction now.

Manning's expiring deal, signed in 2004 for $98 million, was one of the largest ever at the time. Four quarterbacks -- Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb -- all agreed to deals totaling at least $100 million, though each of those contracts was longer than Manning's. Vick's record-setting $130-million contract also was later voided.

Or it could be annual average salary. Manning's younger brother, Eli, signed a six-year deal with the Giants worth $97.5 million last year, giving him $16.25 million per year. New England's Brady topped that in September, agreeing to a four-year contract worth $72 million, or $18 million per year.

Or perhaps it could be based on guaranteed money. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford got a record $50 million guaranteed in his rookie contract last summer. Even Brady, a three-time Super Bowl winner, couldn't top that. He got $48.5 million.

Irsay has generally cited Brady's deal as the standard, and he's made it clear he wants Manning to stay with the Colts for the rest of his career.

Both sides say negotiations have not yet begun.

"I'm not going to get into any specifics in terms of the negotiations, but I've said before this is an unusual situation," Irsay told The Associated Press. "It's not a normal negotiation, his legacy and our relationship, it's very unusual. You hope it happens a lot, but it doesn't."

Irsay wanted to reach a new deal last summer and when that didn't happen, the Colts tried to make Manning a formal offer during their bye week. Condon then told them Manning wanted to focus on football, not contracts, until after the season.

Now, things could get complicated.

Manning turns 35 in March and although Irsay wants to make him a Colt for life, age could certainly dictate how long Manning signs for -- and that could impact the deal's total value.

And this time, the Colts will have to negotiate without a collective bargaining agreement to guide them.

"I think we're going to have to try to move forward with some things before early March, knowing (about the CBA) or not," Irsay said.

Manning's contract isn't the only concern for Irsay.