After winning his second Super Bowl ring with the Denver Broncos, veteran quarterback Peyton Manning told everyone he will savor the moment and would take some time before making any decisions, but now the clock is ticking as reports have been buzzing that he is ready to fly to Hollywood and play for the Los Angeles Rams next season.
It would be remembered that the 39-year old star quarterback said after their 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers that he wanted to “enjoy the night and take it one step at a time.”
But according to a report from ESPN, a league source confirms that internal discussions are currently underway with Manning as the Rams hopes to sign him should he consider playing next season.
But whether he signs with the Rams or considers staying with the Broncos till retirement, the Rams on their part are also looking at the possible candidates that will fill up their quarterback position.
Although many believed that Super Bowl 50 was Manning’s last NFL appearance, other would still speculate that the five-time league MVP might end his career with the Broncos.
On the other hand, Broncos general manager and executive vice president of football operations John Elway stated on CNN that they are not setting any deadline as regards to Manning’s decision and will be ready to sit down and talk with him in the future.
“No, there is no deadline. I’m sure he’ll sit down with his family and then eventually we’ll talk to him, too, and go through that. There is no timeline for that right now,” Elway said.
However, Manning and the Broncos must have a decision before the free agency starts on March 9 and for the 2016 season, the NFL rules that the salary cap is expected to be at $155 million.
Manning signed a two-year contract with the Broncos to the amount of $34 million including $15 million guaranteed and an average annual salary of $17 million. For 2016, Manning will earn a base salary of $19 million.
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