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Archie Manning thinks Peyton is “done in Denver”

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It’s unclear whether Peyton Manning will play in 2016. To his father, it’s very clear that Peyton won’t play for the Broncos in 2016.

“I think Peyton’s done in Denver,” Archie Manning told Jeff Darlington of NFL Media. “I think Peyton’s done in Denver. He may be done everywhere. So that’s my — you know what? I don’t stick my nose in it, so I don’t know that. I don’t know that. But that’s my guess.”

Archie Manning is in a much better position to guess about Peyton’s future than most other people on the planet. And Archie’s guess suggests that, regardless of whether the Broncos want to bring Peyton back, Peyton isn’t willing to continue to run an offense that doesn’t fit his skills.

The question becomes whether there’s another team with a team in position to contend that would give Peyton the keys to the offense for 2016. The Rams reportedly are interested in him, and they’d surely let him run the offense however he wants.

We’ll find out Peyton’s plans soon enough. For now, there’s a clear piece of evidence to support the idea that, even if Peyton plays again, he’ll never play another game as a member of the Broncos.

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  1. babygaga19 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:13 AM

    Geesh Archie, you can shut up now!

  2. terripet says: Feb 8, 2016 12:14 AM

    Peyton the best quarterback of all time Montana 2nd

  3. realdealsteel says: Feb 8, 2016 12:14 AM

    Archie gas more insight then anyone. If he says he’s done, then there is a 99% chance that he’s done.

  4. realdealsteel says: Feb 8, 2016 12:15 AM

    Archie has more insight then anyone. If he says he’s done, then there is a 99% chance that he’s done.

  5. alan226 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:16 AM

    Archie, your 15 minutes of fame was over in the 70’s. No one really cares what you think. Peyton is almost 40 years old, let him speak for himself…

  6. banky74 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:16 AM

    Archie, you’re “sticking your nose in it” by commenting at all.

    Let your son enjoy the moment and announce what he’s going to do on his own timetable.

  7. alan226 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:18 AM

    terripet says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:14 AM
    Peyton the best quarterback of all time Montana 2nd
    ——————-
    Not even close .
    1. Brady
    2. Montana
    3. Favre
    4. Manning

  8. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:21 AM

    If I’m denver, I am only thinking about how to make sure Von miller remains on the team for another decade. I have never seen a non quarterback win a game single handeldly for a team in the Super Bowl but miller did tonight.

  9. stampnhawk says: Feb 8, 2016 12:21 AM

    ”I don’t stick my nose in it” is about as amusing as anything else tonight. Eli and the Chargfers say hi.

    Archie is, has,and will be,part of any career decisions for his boys when it comes to business. Does Archie want a tan and hobnob with celebs? The Rams it is. Does he want to own part of a team in Tennessee? Titans it is for his son.

  10. cranespy says: Feb 8, 2016 12:22 AM

    No better way to go out…..turn the page Payton………… opportunities galore….tv…coaching…..ownership…..take your pick…..whatever you do…..walk away from the field

  11. jessethegreat says: Feb 8, 2016 12:23 AM

    Jets? Texans? Only two teams without entrenched qb’s I can possibly think of that have legitimate receivers and competent defenses.

  12. thetooloftools says: Feb 8, 2016 12:24 AM

    Terry Bradshaw uses Super Bowl rings as brass knuckles.

  13. chadisme417 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:24 AM

    Favre over Manning? How so?

  14. BigAlHeBDMan says: Feb 8, 2016 12:31 AM

    You don’t need the money. You have a wife and kids. CTE is real. Walk away a winner like John did, Peyton.

  15. You can have your draft pick back when the cowboys get their cap space back says: Feb 8, 2016 12:31 AM

    Hang ’em up and go out on top.

    Not my decision, but that’s what I’d do.

  16. mogogo1 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:33 AM

    Funny thing is Peyton clearly intentionally avoided the questions to keep the focus on the team where it belonged. Why did Archie go against that? Just say “that’s his decision” and leave it at that.

  17. sportsfan18 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:33 AM

    taintedsaints2009 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:21 AM

    If I’m denver, I am only thinking about how to make sure Von miller remains on the team for another decade. I have never seen a non quarterback win a game single handeldly for a team in the Super Bowl but miller did tonight.

    15- 2
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Decade? Nah, the next 5 yrs for sure.

    Show us the stats of NFL Linebackers in their age 34, 35 & 36 seasons…

    Which is how old Von would be in his year 8, 9 & 10 seasons for the next decade you say they should keep him on the team.

    Yes, he’s an amazing player, but football is a violent game and he won’t be in the league 10 years from now and it has nothing to do with his talent, which is all world.

  18. tajuara says: Feb 8, 2016 12:39 AM

    Peyton is smart enough to know that this was a big accomplishment by the defense. In an interview he said that the team got carried by the defense, and he doesn’t want to steal the defense’s thunder and make everything about himself. Give the guy some time to enjoy.

  19. patsfanshaveonlybeenfanssincebrady says: Feb 8, 2016 12:50 AM

    It was ALL defense… The whole year.

    We saw Peyton done as far back as the midpoint of last year.

    It really puts it in perspective how awesome that defense is. Von Miller is a BEAST!

    My hats off to Cam & the Panthers… I became a fan after this game. Their D will only get better. Odds on favorite to be the next NFC dynasty.

  20. lightninglucci says: Feb 8, 2016 12:50 AM

    Brock Osweiler and Von Miller are free agents. Denver needs to sign Osweiler quickly so it can have the franchise tag free for Miller. Or vice versa.

    My guess is they can’t also keep Manning for one more year, so they’d have to let him go.

  21. sportsguy3434 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:57 AM

    Fits his skills? He can’t throw the ball hard. Needs to go out on top.

  22. sariff420 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:10 AM

    1. Montana/Bradshaw
    2 . Manning /Brady.

    Not bad company either way.

  23. Big Ant TV says: Feb 8, 2016 1:12 AM

    please sign brock and von miller
    improve the OLine and DBs
    if peyton wants too keep playing only place he can go is the NY Jets from a marketing and football stand point he and eli would kings of nyc the jets a decent non game blowing qb away from beating the pats twice all they need is OLine upgrades and some better safety/corner play

  24. thetruthstings says: Feb 8, 2016 1:16 AM

    Manning WILL PLAY Next Year! and the Year After That!!! He has Unfinished Business!!! He Proved he can Still win for the Record Breaking 200th Time. That will not change next year or the Year after! He will leave on HIS TERMS!!! Haters have Zero to say here!

  25. jwcarlson says: Feb 8, 2016 1:33 AM

    From the fan standpoint, it’s hard to imagine a better ending for Peyton. Business-wise another year of salary and endorsements as a Super Bowl winning QB again… There’s a lot of money on the table. I can’t imagine him needing it though.

    I do hope that he retires, though. I thought maybe he had one more game in him to maybe shine a little. It just isn’t there anymore. Cannot go out any better than that. It has been a heck of a run for PM, he can walk away a champ AND healthy.

  26. cri33 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:41 AM

    Really Archie? You really think so Archie? Ok so you threw in your 2 cents. Now shut up. Please.

  27. maddenisfordorks says: Feb 8, 2016 1:52 AM

    Storybook ending.

    Or horror story beginning.

  28. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 8, 2016 1:57 AM

    I’m going to retire on top

    (Nationwide jingle #17,289)

  29. rangersco says: Feb 8, 2016 2:18 AM

    Franchise oswelier, little too much juice huh lucci

  30. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 8, 2016 2:33 AM

    Here is what I think will happen.

    Peyton is cut by Denver with a wink and a nod to other teams so that he clears waivers

    Peyton signs with Indy so that he can retire as a colt

    Book it

  31. racerx1225 says: Feb 8, 2016 3:05 AM

    Stop bashing Archie. He was asked, so he responded. Whats wrong with you? He is a class act is is the whole Manning family.

  32. bpacha76 says: Feb 8, 2016 3:07 AM

    Not the best game to become a panthers fan after. Can was the man all year long and for sure the MVP. If they’d played anyone else ,other than my hometown texans, I would’ve been pulling for Carolina. I’ve gotta admit though watching every guy playing for the panthers leaving it on the field was nice. However after seeing cam not try to get his fumble and even back up at that point in the super bowl that’s weak. How can he honestly go in the locker room with his head held up after looking like such a bitch. Sad truly.

  33. uglydingo says: Feb 8, 2016 5:03 AM

    BigAlHeBDMan says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:31 AM
    You don’t need the money. You have a wife and kids. CTE is real. Walk away a winner like John did, Peyton.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    You are right. However, Archie has taught the boys to never ever say no to the money. Never, ever.
    Peyton is visibly washed up and a shadow of what he was but don’t be surprised if he lands somewhere else.

  34. vicvinegar00 says: Feb 8, 2016 5:38 AM

    All he can do is ruin his legacy at this point. There is no way he can look at this season and say he was very good. Walk away a winner.

  35. glaedrfly says: Feb 8, 2016 6:24 AM

    The questions of steroids might be enough to get him to retire while he’s on top.

  36. babyjunkie says: Feb 8, 2016 6:48 AM

    Back up in New Orleans

  37. robf2010 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:14 AM

    I must have missed the “clear piece of evidence”. What I read here is one man’s opinion. Archie’s opinion may carry more weight than most regarding Peyton but it’s still only an opinion.

  38. gizzmonic says: Feb 8, 2016 7:25 AM

    Peyton Dilfer

  39. tonebones says: Feb 8, 2016 7:32 AM

    Wow. Archie Manning has two sons that have each won two super bowls. Anytime he talks, I’m listening. Archie got stuck on a bad Saints team for nearly his entire career. He definitely was good enough to be a super bowl winner too. He was much more mobile than his sons. Kind of in the mold of Steve Young. Both of his sons have a lot of class too. Another reflection on Archie.

  40. billytodd2013blbaad says: Feb 8, 2016 7:41 AM

    Unfortunately Manning isn’t going to retire, he’s going to go somewhere else for 1 last run, more unfortunate is that Denver is going to have this great defense and NO QB as Brock is going to get paid big money by some other team..possibly the Texans who are a QB away from being a contender and next season Bronco fans are going to come back down to reality.

  41. 12brichandfamous says: Feb 8, 2016 7:44 AM

    Manning cannot move in the pocket. If he could backpedal, Broncos could have run some screens against Panthers. That is the sign to hang it up.

  42. ohand16 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:47 AM

    Translation : we’re on to LA!

  43. matt2131 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:48 AM

    “Peyton isn’t willing to continue to run an offense that doesn’t fit his skills.”

    So he would rather be the star than be a winner. That’s the definition of a selfish player.

  44. canmannac says: Feb 8, 2016 8:02 AM

    Geesh can’t you just let them enjoy their victory and keep your yap to yourself??? Other topics for other times. Right now it is Denver’s moment. Stop crowding the light.

    Honestly. There is a reason why a portion of NOLA doesn’t like you Archie.

  45. sidepull says: Feb 8, 2016 8:13 AM

    Denver D gifted you a ring Manning. Take your pity ring and get while you still can.

  46. jrski1966 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:15 AM

    First, the Broncos kicked ass…second, any Broncos fan that thinks they will use the franchise tag on Osweiler is crazy. He’s not signing anywhere but there. Why would they pay him $20+ million for him when they will give him anywhere between 8-12,million/yr. Also, for the person who said Peyton Manning is the greatest QB of all time, yeah, no!! Montana, Brady, Elway were all better.

  47. collectordude says: Feb 8, 2016 8:17 AM

    1. Montana
    2. Unitas
    3. Manning
    4. Graham
    5. Marino

    Brady is 6th

  48. dolfan1 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:21 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up in Miami.. He has his favorite offensive coordinator ever as head coach he has his quarterbacks coach from Indianapolis as his offensive coordinator running the offense he through 55 touchdowns with and he already has a home in Miami and the warmer weather could help him extend his career.

  49. ikeclanton says: Feb 8, 2016 8:26 AM

    There is no way he plays next year. Hip replacement coming, and he knows better than anybody he can’t really throw anymore. No shame in that. Goes out a winner and very, very few get to say that.

  50. intrafinesse says: Feb 8, 2016 8:27 AM

    Peyton should retire NOW. Rid eoff into the sunset with a SB ring.

    He was terrible this season and there is no reason to expect him to improve.

    The Broncos won despite him. He contributed nothing to the win (a terrible pick).

  51. suncawy says: Feb 8, 2016 8:27 AM

    Peyton will retire. He has nothing left to prove. He has taken 2 different teams to Super Bowls and won. A first ballot Hall of Famer, no doubt. What’s left to do ?

  52. ronnyw9 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:27 AM

    sportsguy3434 you are correct. It doesn’t seem like he has any zip on the ball anymore. Time to hang it up while on top. No offense to the Rams but Peyton playing there would be stupid. He wants to win and that’s no place that’s going to win now.

  53. bleedgreen says: Feb 8, 2016 8:29 AM

    My hats off to Cam & the Panthers… I became a fan after this game. Their D will only get better. Odds on favorite to be the next NFC dynasty.

    ——————

    Depends really. Once guys start to want to get paid, even though they had relatively little impact, who knows? The defense is already going to look very different next year once their secondary gets fully healed. Finnegan got called off the couch, Robert McClain won’t be back, Tillman is retiring almost for sure. The secondary still has Kurt Coleman who really isn’t a good safety.

    Now, if these guys humble themselves and take proper deals, you can keep the most integral parts, but they usually don’t. Bene Benwikere? Is he really any good or is he a product of playing with Norman, Harper, etc? Is he a Byron Maxwell? We don’t know. Does the passing game still click next year with Benjamin, Funchess and Philly Brown? Again, we don’t know yet.

  54. crazyproduceguy says: Feb 8, 2016 8:31 AM

    It doesn’t take a genius to know Manning’s done in Denver.
    His cap hit’s way, way too high for a guy who played no part whatsoever in his team winning the Superbowl (or, frankly, anything else) this year.
    They have a defense that needs to (and should) get paid for their tremendous accomplishments this year.

  55. cowboysdude says: Feb 8, 2016 8:32 AM

    Hang em up Peyton… go out a champ. Perfect ending sir. Don’t go out limping… please.

  56. crazyproduceguy says: Feb 8, 2016 8:33 AM

    Also… for those ranking QBs. Manning just “won” a Superbowl by basically collecting a check all year and not messing up for the second half (after being benched halfway through the season).

    Montana and Brady are clearly the better QBs. What order? Who knows. It depends upon how much longer Brady plays.

    But I know one thing for certain: if the shoe were on the other foot, Manning would’ve never been able to lead his team back with a drive like Brady did in that AFCCG against a defense like Denver’s. That’s why Polian had the rules changed.

  57. dejadoh says: Feb 8, 2016 8:49 AM

    Only quitters go out on top. It’s better to be a backup having a view from the sidelines than watching it on TV.

    Unless you cannot throw the ball anymore with any authority, get back up on that horse.

  58. dcbronco says: Feb 8, 2016 9:00 AM

    Peyton should just walk away. He just doesn’t have it any more. This is a perfect opportunity free of embarrassment. There were plays where he didn’t make the play that are very telling. The pass to Norwood that the Carolina corner almost intercepted was a great example. If corners are leaving their assignment and making it into the path of short passes your arm isn’t the only problem. That and the interception show he has lost his mental edge in addition to his diminished physical skills.

  59. ryanc2015 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:02 AM

    Huge shout out to Peyton from everyone in Denver. He had many choices when he left the Colts and decided to come here. Thanks for making this team one of the tops in the AFC the last 4 years. You deserve this Championship! Class act the whole way…

  60. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 8, 2016 9:03 AM

    what’s harder than Peyton choosing to retire?

    His dad trying to orchestrate things for his sons.

  61. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 8, 2016 9:26 AM

    At least Archie has done stuff in this league. Better than the Cheat Father flapping his gums every other week.

  62. packergator says: Feb 8, 2016 9:28 AM

    terripet says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:14 AM

    Peyton the best quarterback of all time Montana 2nd
    __________________________________

    Sorry, but performances in the SB matter to a QB’s legacy. I despise Tom Brady but with 4 rings and 3 SB MVPs to go with 2 regular season MVPs, I have to slot Brady in a little higher than Peyton.

  63. titimium says: Feb 8, 2016 9:31 AM

    Among the many, many reasons Peyton wouldn’t play for the LA Rams is that Jeff Fisher would be his HC. Retirement sounds better after considering that option.

  64. kevinlawrencecantor says: Feb 8, 2016 9:35 AM

    If you’re Osweiler, even if Peyton comes back for the final year of his deal (which I’m assuming he’d restructure again to ensure Von Miller and others come back) I would still return to the team.

    From Denver’s point of view, give him a slightly above backup money deal this year, and then fair starting money for 2017. Maybe $6.5, $11 and $12 with the third year not guaranteed.

    If you’re Osweiler, why would you want to leave this defense? And you didn’t prove you’re a can’t miss prospect when you did play. But if you can stick it out for one more year (a year you may end up taking over again for Manning) you’ll get good money and be on a team with an elite defense, whether they bring in a rookie for 2017 that beats you out or not.

  65. You can have your draft pick back when the cowboys get their cap space back says: Feb 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    matt2131 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 7:48 AM
    “Peyton isn’t willing to continue to run an offense that doesn’t fit his skills.”

    So he would rather be the star than be a winner. That’s the definition of a selfish player.
    ____________
    You’re confusing the author’s words for the player’s.

  66. truckinmack says: Feb 8, 2016 9:44 AM

    A theory making the rounds is that Peyton Manning is already working on his next career as a Budweister spokesman.

  67. uglydingo says: Feb 8, 2016 9:47 AM

    dolfan1 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 8:21 AM
    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up in Miami.. He has his favorite offensive coordinator ever as head coach he has his quarterbacks coach from Indianapolis as his offensive coordinator running the offense he through 55 touchdowns with and he already has a home in Miami and the warmer weather could help him extend his career.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    Adam Gase is Peyton’s buddy but Miami has a good young QB in Ryan Tannehill who they are paying $19M a year. They can’t afford another $15M for Peyton for one season and they’re not dumping RT for PM. Gase has been recruited to coach the Dolphins and develop Tannehill.

  68. killitandeatit says: Feb 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    This was the worst performance by a quarterback I have seen all year. Done indeed,it is beyond obvious and Manning will retire. Physically ,you can see he has shrunk down and has zero strength. Manning’s passes were floating out there like a blimp.

  69. tedmurph says: Feb 8, 2016 10:16 AM

    PManning was a great NFL QB, but he was terrible last night. This year for that matter. Denver’s ferocious D won that game. Here’s hoping Manning doesn’t pull a Willie Mays by continuing to play. That would only tarnish a great(but not as good as Brady’s) career.

  70. codiablo says: Feb 8, 2016 10:25 AM

    Archie gas!

  71. jjackwagon says: Feb 8, 2016 10:27 AM

    Peyton was done halfway through the Chiefs game. Fortunately for him the Defense really started coming on after that and carried him to a SB win. We know it & he knows it.
    He will retire.

    BTW awesome display of defense Broncos, congrats on the SB win.

  72. troylok says: Feb 8, 2016 10:28 AM

    I can’t picture Manning playing another season. His arm is shot. His passes were never pretty but now they kind of corkscrew lazily down the field becoming easy prey for any alert defensive back. With this Superbowl win he has the perfect time to exit and preserve his dignity.

  73. mwh1953 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:47 AM

    Buy The Colts!

  74. atepper001 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:45 PM

    for a guy who doesnt want to stick his nose in it, your nose is pretty deep in it archie.

  75. ashhole420 says: Feb 8, 2016 3:04 PM

    Manning will keep playing to keep his records and not let Brady break all his records the 3 more years brady plays.

    Manning keeps playing 3 to 5 more seasons even as a back-up he will keep on playing

    football is too much of mannings life to retire yet

    Manning to the Bills in 2016 Watch and SEE

  76. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 10:41 AM

    I remember Fischer showing up to a conference after a game wearing a Manning jersey as the Titans coach. I wouldn’t be surprised with the Rams moving to warm weather LA. Good defense and good OL with an excellant young RB. Sounds like the perfect storyline for a new beginning in another city. And the SB is in Houston. Except he would have to play the Seahawks and Cardinals twice. And Manning just passed Favre for all time wins with Brady on his heels and probably a few more years of playing.

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