Peyton Manning retired from National Football League (NFL) earlier in the offseason after his team, the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl last year. New reports are in saying that the NFL rumors of a possible comeback in the 2016 was considered by the veteran quarterback as many NFL teams showed interest in him as a free agent.
Tom Condon, the agent for Peyton Manning, said that the quarterback still “really like to play” and that “teams were interested in having Manning play for them”, via The Business of Sports opening NFL rumors that the veteran QB could make a comeback.
While Manning still wanted to play, various injuries and surgeries, particularly in the neck, played a factor in the quarterback’s decision to walk away from the game. It was also not an assurance if he would have been the guaranteed starting QB for any of the interested teams and how much contract would they have offered the 40-year-old Manning.
“Here’s the point where the dog starts chasing its tail. No one was willing to make Peyton Manning “the guy” in 2016 because it was painfully clear in 2015 that he’s not capable of recovering from the week-to-week pounding that the body absorbs when playing against men you seemingly get a little bigger, faster, and stronger with each passing year,” NFL expert Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote in a recent article.
“So the spirit was still willing, the flesh had become weak, and no NFL team was willing to provide the kind of offer that Peyton couldn’t have refused to play one more year.”
Peyton Manning, who won Super Bowl XLI and Super Bowl 50, has retired and NFL rumors will continue to link him to a possible NFL comeback, especially with the recent news that some teams were still interested in Manning to play for them for the 2016 season.
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