Speculations on Peyton Manning’s retirement has been made the past days but it appears the Denver Broncos quarterback wants to be back playing on the field for another year. The team however could be different with reports that the Broncos do not want Manning to return and pay him $19 million.
Jeff Darlington of NFL Media stated that Manning sounded like he wanted to be back, although it is still unsure on which team he will be quarterback for.
“He did talk in present tense when he’s talking about his career,” Darlington said as quoted by Pro Football Talk. “He sounds like a guy who still wants to play. He does not sound like a guy who is a week away from retirement.”
Manning will have his 2016 salary of $19 million guaranteed if he’s not announced his retirement or cut by Denver by Tuesday, March 8. If Broncos cut him, he will be an unrestricted free agent and teams can try to convince the veteran QB to sign with them.
According to reports, the Broncos are already hoping that Manning will announce his retirement as they have plans to move forward with young quarterback Brock Osweiler.
The 25-year-old Osweiler played in 8 games for the Broncos in the 2015 season. He had a total of 1,967 passing yards on 170 of 275 completions or 61.8% with 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
Manning will turn 40 years old this March. He played in 10 games in the regular season with 2,249 passing yards with 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. However, he started all playoff games and had a total of 539 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception to help the Broncos win the Super Bowl.
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