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Peyton Manning doesn’t sound like a man who’s ready to retire

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Everyone assumed that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would ride into the sunset after a victory in Super Bowl 50. But not everyone grasps how much Peyton Manning loves playing football.

Not only has Manning not announced his retirement, but there have been recent reports that he’s telling people close to him he still enjoys playing. And when he delivered a speech in Florida on Wednesday night, he sounded like a man who wants to keep playing.

That’s the word from Jeff Darlington of NFL Media, who attended the speech last night and appeared this morning on PFT Live. Darlington said Manning didn’t specifically say whether he’s going to keep playing or not, but he sounded like a man who’s not ready to retire.

“He did talk in present tense when he’s talking about his career,” Darlington said. “He sounds like a guy who still wants to play. He does not sound like a guy who is a week away from retirement.”

The Broncos, however, seem ready to move on from Manning — and it goes without saying that they’re ready to move on from his $19 million salary. Unless Manning is ready to take a huge pay cut, there’s no way he’ll be back in Denver this year. (And he might not be back in Denver even if he’s willing to play for the league minimum.)

So if Manning doesn’t announce his retirement by Tuesday, when his 2016 salary becomes guaranteed, the Broncos will cut him. At that point, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent.

Would any team want him? Would the Rams view him as an upgrade over Nick Foles and Case Keenum? Would the Texans view him as an upgrade over Brian Hoyer? Would Manning be willing to sign for some team that already has a starter in place, and finish his career as a backup? Those questions remain to be answered. But Manning sounds like he wants to find out.

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  1. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Mar 3, 2016 6:57 AM

    Peyton should definitely go to the Browns –

  2. somethinsbruin says: Mar 3, 2016 6:59 AM

    He’s going to be the 2nd Super Bowl winning qb cut the following season. Trent Dilfer was the other. Peytons play this year earned that comparison. Congrats.

  3. brianav036 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:03 AM

    That’s probably why Archie was telling the media that he thought Peyton was done in Denver. He was throwing out feelers to see how Elway and the Bronco’s would respond. As a Dolphin fan I remember having to endure Marino’s last season and Peyton’s strength has diminished far greater than. Marino. It could be a really long season.

  4. bmoreb says: Mar 3, 2016 7:13 AM

    What a tool. Go away man. It’s an insult to those who had to be carried off the field trying to get to where he is right now.

  5. rahavort says: Mar 3, 2016 7:14 AM

    All that forehead and little brain behind it…..walk away on top and not in pieces.

  6. officialgame says: Mar 3, 2016 7:20 AM

    Knowing PFT the next headline will read “Peyton Retires”.

  7. ericn42000 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:23 AM

    Cowboys need a backup

  8. smokehouse56 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:30 AM

    Give me a thumbs up if you think Payton Manning has one more decent season in his gas tank.

  9. thisonesforpat says: Mar 3, 2016 7:31 AM

    Mistake. Here comes that ego again.

  10. goodellsucks43 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:32 AM

    With all of the coaching or even possibly GM opportunities that will be open to him, it’s not like he’d have to leave the game. I know it’s not the same as playing, but trying to play another year would be foolish and delaying the inevitable.

  11. rbisson2013 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:38 AM

    He could come to the Patriots for the minimum and be Tom’s back up,That would be Trump president and Jeb vice president,lol

  12. heisthejuan says: Mar 3, 2016 7:43 AM

    If he gets another job he should be blood tested every week. Would definitely keep doping to protect his records.

  13. pastabelly says: Mar 3, 2016 7:50 AM

    Houston would seem to make sense as long as he helps develop a quarterback that they draft.

  14. WalterHartwellWhite says: Mar 3, 2016 7:50 AM

    well, we’re ready for him to retire

  15. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 3, 2016 7:52 AM

    but Woody Paige said he was gonna retire last month?

  16. george1859 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:56 AM

    Dear God, nobody wants to watch Peyton struggle like a practice squad player.
    Please retire.

  17. Indybear says: Mar 3, 2016 7:58 AM

    He doesn’t sound like it, but he sure plays like it. Retire already and stop this daily, ego-stroking, update madness.

  18. maxkingpin says: Mar 3, 2016 8:05 AM

    I remember how sad it was to see Unitas in a Chargers uniform, Namath wearing Rams blue-n-gold, Emmitt Smith as a Cardinal and some others.
    I think some players need a confidante they trust and respect to whisper in their ear that it is time to move on to the next chapter of their life.

  19. dcapettini says: Mar 3, 2016 8:13 AM

    If Texas did not want him when the Colts let him go, it seems unlikely that they will go for him now. If he is willing to play cheap, then the Broncos will keep him. It is hard to see how he would sign for less than $10 million.

  20. bigjdve says: Mar 3, 2016 8:14 AM

    I have been a fan of Manning since before he was a rookie. He needs to hang it up.

    He won’t catch on with any real contender. As such, he doesn’t have enough to elevate a losing team to being a contender by himself.

    Hanging around is a good way to tarnish his legacy.

  21. iamapatsfan says: Mar 3, 2016 8:15 AM

    I see Rams, Texans and Eagles as possbilities. In the first two, they have decent defenses and some good players on offense and getting Peyton will probably help ensure a playoff berth at least. With the Eagles, if they keep Murray and don’t play the fast paced Chip Kelly gameplan, I could see Peyton doing pretty good with Murray at his side, if he gets back to his previous form.

  22. collectordude says: Mar 3, 2016 8:22 AM

    Just retire, Peyton.

  23. delhommegoat says: Mar 3, 2016 8:23 AM

    Take your pity victory provided by the NFL and its crooked referees and ride off into the sunset already.

  24. seattlesue427 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:26 AM

    Okay, now that’s just plain stupid. I don’t care how much you love the game of football or anything else you happen to be doing in life…you have to acknowledge the body’s limitations and know when to quit. He should go out while he’s on top. Better that than to be carried off the field on a stretcher. SMH

  25. cafetero1075 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:28 AM

    Broncos should keep him, Manning needs to take a pay cut to $10M and pay Oz $10M also in case he gets hurt.

  26. intrafinesse says: Mar 3, 2016 8:28 AM

    Why keep on playing? All it does is tarnish his legacy and makes him the butt of jokes. “The player who remained too long”. He’s a shell of himself, it’s like watching a different player. If he keeps on playing, in addition to getting hurt, he’ll put up numbers like Jamarcus Russel.
    It sucks to get old, but it’s inevitable.

    Imagine how he’d perform away from a strong team like the Broncos? Put him on a team without Emmanuel Sanders and Demarius Thomas, and with a worse defense. He will end up 4-12 with 10TDs and 21 INTs, he’ll put up numbers comparable to Mark Sanchez.

    Is that going to be fun for him to go through?

  27. suncawy says: Mar 3, 2016 8:31 AM

    Manning, don’t be one of those players that keeps hanging on to play because your not the same player you use to be. It will be ashame to see him to continue to play when he is no longer effective. He doesn’t exactly scare defense’s anymore. Leave on top.

  28. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:34 AM

    Seems to me like it’s a bunch of tactical maneuvering by Manning. Basically he’s trying to strong-arm the team that just carried him to the SB so he can pick and choose from whichever teams may be interested in him.

    All the BS people comment on him wanting to retire a free agent so he can unretire and pick from teams interested……face it…..he’s not retiring if his goal is to immediately unretire.

  29. confusedfinfan says: Mar 3, 2016 8:35 AM

    He’s going to ruin the perfect ending. Mr. Manning you had an incredible career that any quarterback could only dream of so…go…ride off into the sunset. You have nothing left to prove. You did it all sir. Congratulations!!!

  30. learysdisciples says: Mar 3, 2016 8:41 AM

    Remember Johnny Unitas? That didn’t end well.

  31. think4yourself says: Mar 3, 2016 8:41 AM

    Look, Peyton is looking at the 2 year extension that Brady just got and he knows that all his records, or most of his records, will fall to Brady. That’s what killing him right now and causing him to rethink, against popular opinion, that he should retire.

  32. snowdood163 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:42 AM

    Cmon Peyton, don’t give the haters more fuel.

  33. braddavery says: Mar 3, 2016 8:44 AM

    I don’t care if Manning continues his career elsewhere, but he needs to get out of Denver so Osweiler can take over in the early stages of the off-season. That isn’t Peyton’s team anymore. He should go to the Texans for a season or two and call it.

  34. rollotomasi14 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:53 AM

    People will try to compare this to the Favre situation. It’s nothing like Favre. Favre will only text you a picture of his junk, Manning will actually put it in your face in person.

  35. glaedrfly says: Mar 3, 2016 8:54 AM

    Sounds like he’s trying to leverage something from the Broncos. He doesn’t have to retire and can force Denver to remove him from their payroll. Then, as a free agent, he can start listening to offers. Perhaps, both sides learned a lesson from the Packers/Brett Favre debacle.

  36. bullogne says: Mar 3, 2016 8:57 AM

    He may enjoy playing still, but no one, (especially any team he would play for) would not enjoy watching him play.

  37. supra23 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:01 AM

    Who are we to tell a man what to do? It’s his life, get over it.

  38. megabeast37215 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:03 AM

    He’s said before, “I’ll stop playing when they throw me out of the league.” Guess he’s keeping his word. Why not? Make moar $$$ and push your records further out from ever being broken just like Jerry Rice did. Its certainly a selfish agenda, but I doubt he cares.

  39. alp01886 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:04 AM

    Please correct me if I am wrong — Doesn’t Manning have a financial motivation to NOT announce his retirement?

    I know technically speaking Manning has more than enough money for several generations of his family. But, I recall reading somewhere (PFT maybe) that if Manning retires, he will need to repay the Broncos $2.5M of his signing bonus. IF the Broncos release him, Manning gets to keep that money. Logic would say he will let the Broncos make release him, thus allowing him to keep the money and then he can “test the waters” and see if there is interest from another team and then decide to continue playing or retire.

  40. ajgreenhof says: Mar 3, 2016 9:06 AM

    Of course he doesn’t. Each time he’s behind a mic it’s a chance to make some more $$$ .

    Budweiser, Budweiser, Budweiser, Budweiser

  41. therealraider says: Mar 3, 2016 9:08 AM

    We’re at the point where the average fan doesnt want Peyton Manning as their teams QB. Even Cleveland would rather roll with an unproven FCS prospect over him. Just Pack it in.

  42. randomguy9999 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:11 AM

    the idea that he is a ‘shell of his former self’ is absurd, Manning definitely still has game and is able to run an offense at the highest level…

    has he got somewhat less throwing strength? sure, does that mean he’s going to have trouble finding a job at a team where he can transform them? definitely not… if he wants to keep on playing, there are maybe 25 teams he can go to where he can make an immediate impact as a top level player

  43. pats are better than your team says: Mar 3, 2016 9:12 AM

    It’s awesome that the world is seeing Peyton for what he really is. Just a scumbag on so many levels, whose thinking is clouded by arrogance and mounds and mounds of HGH. I hope he sticks around until the last of his disciples can no longer deny their false religion. I’m sure there are many more scandals out there, and Archie can’t suppress them all. Stay in the limelight, Pey-a-ton, please! The longer you remain, the better Brady looks.

  44. 2since96 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:19 AM

    its been known for a while now, Manning’s end game is to get cut so he can either sign with a new team now, or wait until camp is over and join another team. If he retires now, the broncos will force his hand into never playing again, and he wants to keep that option open. With that being said, Cap Rooney needs to hang it up.

  45. jgedgar70 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:21 AM

    Players are always the last to know when their bodies are completely done. Peyton clearly hasn’t read the memo, or watched the tape of the Chiefs game where he got benched.

    He obviously wants to start. If he’s not going to take a pay cut to stay with Denver, he’s not going to take a backup job. If he signs with the Rams or Texans, I doubt he’s going to get much thrill out of an 8-8 record.

    Peyton – just have your Elway moment and retire. Then go buy the Titans, the UT athletic department, the pharmaceutical company or whatever. Don’t ruin your name as a hanger-on.

  46. thetooloftools says: Mar 3, 2016 9:24 AM

    When are people going to wake up and realize this man is all about the money?

  47. zombiepatriot says: Mar 3, 2016 9:26 AM

    It’s not about the love of football.

    It’s about the money his true motivator and…

    It’s about personal records and doing everything in his power to make sure he is at the top when all is said and done and not Brady.

    I look forward to the day when Brady takes over the major passing records and no matter what Manning does at this point it is only a matter of time before the all time wins by a QB record is owned by Tom Brady.

  48. goingthextramile says: Mar 3, 2016 9:31 AM

    After someone overpays for Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Jets will sign Peyton Manning, and he’ll help mentor Bryce Petty. The Jets are in win now mode.

  49. mazenblue says: Mar 3, 2016 9:31 AM

    pats are better than your team says:
    Mar 3, 2016 9:12 AM

    It’s awesome that the world is seeing Peyton for what he really is. Just a scumbag on so many levels, whose thinking is clouded by arrogance and mounds and mounds of HGH. I hope he sticks around until the last of his disciples can no longer deny their false religion. I’m sure there are many more scandals out there, and Archie can’t suppress them all. Stay in the limelight, Pey-a-ton, please! The longer you remain, the better Brady looks.

    ………….
    Im just hoping he doesnt assault another woman. At the end of the day, thats what matters most. He assaulted a woman.

  50. paulieorkid says: Mar 3, 2016 9:31 AM

    The guy could have gone out like Strahan, Lewis, Bettis and Elway — but for an ever-growing number of reasons, I don’t think it ends well for the Peyton Manning story.

  51. paulieorkid says: Mar 3, 2016 9:32 AM

    So much for the fairy tale ending we thought we saw unfold just four short weeks ago.

  52. rollotomasi14 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:32 AM

    supra23 says:
    Mar 3, 2016 9:01 AM

    Who are we to tell a man what to do? It’s his life, get over it.
    —————————
    Who are you to tell others to get over it?

  53. mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says: Mar 3, 2016 9:34 AM

    Newsflash Pats are better than your team

    Scandals and Patriots are synonymous. Glass houses. The only fans Brady looks better to are Pats fans.

  54. paulieorkid says: Mar 3, 2016 9:35 AM

    The guy could have gone out like Strahan, Lewis, Bettis and Elway — but for an ever-growing number of reasons (e.g., clearly diminished skills and arm strength, HGH allegations, scandal regarding the incident with the female trainer, learning a new playbook amidst a storm of distractions, and sticking around too long just to extend records as his performance started to bottom out), I just don’t think it ends well for the Peyton Manning story.

    So much for the fairy tale ending we thought we saw unfold just four short weeks ago.

  55. Unchained81 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:35 AM

    Please just go away. And I don’t mean to a TV booth either. Nobody wants to hear that phony aw shucks bit of yours in that painful southern drawl. Just go away.

  56. mack2x says: Mar 3, 2016 9:40 AM

    There’s two ways for him to end his career, unfortunately it looks like he’s leaning toward the ugly one.

  57. cclaser says: Mar 3, 2016 9:44 AM

    I’ll bet the Texans wish they would have signed him 4 years ago. Just imagine the run they could have been on with Manning at the helm. No, he is not the same quarterback now. However, it is silly to think that he couldn’t lead a team into the playoffs. How many years has he missed the playoffs in his entire career?

  58. isnotreality says: Mar 3, 2016 9:46 AM

    I guess they don’t do concussion protocol after the season ends…

  59. rollotomasi14 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:46 AM

    Played in 4 SBs:
    3 TD passes, 5 INTs and 3 Fumbles. GOAT? Nope!

  60. coltzfan166 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:49 AM

    Thank god there’s so many people on here telling him he should retire. I’m sure he’ll take your comments very seriously.

    Lol

  61. captainwhodat says: Mar 3, 2016 9:52 AM

    as commentators have said, it did not end well with Unitas…and I saw the end. Having said that, Unitas had a better arm than Manning has now…

  62. brooksyspecial says: Mar 3, 2016 9:52 AM

    Didn’t everybody feel this even while every media talking head kept saying he was riding off into the sunset? The guy is an ego maniac. He played like garbage in the Super Bowl and can’t handle that being his last game. Plus it seems his precious records are more important than quality of life. I say let him come back and build on his recent trend of mediocrity.

  63. twomadmapper says: Mar 3, 2016 9:54 AM

    Manning is going to pull a Farve, only not as a starter. One team this season, a different team next season…

    Should just walk away with the Lombardi he’s been given….

  64. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 3, 2016 9:56 AM

    ” … Peyton Manning loves playing football.”
    ____________________

    manning loves money and setting records even more. He’s a selfish player. He’s an entitled pervert who’s been protected by daddy his whole life. And he’s a coward for allowing his wife to take the blame for his illegal usage of HGH, all in a vain attempt to maintain his records. He’s the biggest phony other than Donald Rump.

  65. jackfan2 says: Mar 3, 2016 10:13 AM

    He could go to the pats and let Brady be his backup. Then Belicheck will see that his team could have won at least 7 Superbowls by now. The cheater will have to sit at least 4 games. At least Belicheck won’t have to worry about Peyton giving him a black eye when he tells him they want to give someone else a start in order to plan for the future…Peyton will just go lead another team to the Super Bowl, something the system QB Brady could never, ever do.

  66. SlapMaxwell says: Mar 3, 2016 10:13 AM

    He should sign with a team that has a starter in place, but one he believes may not be solidly entrenched. Almost any team like that that he goes on, there would be a lot of pressure to eventually give him a chance.

  67. mogogo1 says: Mar 3, 2016 10:23 AM

    Incredible in his prime and the smartest quarterback ever. He usually seemed to know the defensive scheme he was facing better than the guys actually running it. But this would be a huge mistake. Get out on top. Nothing left to prove and the body isn’t cooperating any more.

  68. daytontriangles says: Mar 3, 2016 10:38 AM

    If Peyton is not sounding like a man that’s ready to retire then he must be sounding like a man that’s ready to get cut, because those are his two options right now.

  69. mmack66 says: Mar 3, 2016 10:44 AM

    twomadmapper says:
    Mar 3, 2016 9:54 AM

    Manning is going to pull a Farve, only not as a starter. One team this season, a different team next season…

    Should just walk away with the Lombardi he’s been given….
    —————————–

    He should just go on a farewell exhibition tour next season, playing one half of football for each team.

    Then he would hold the record for playing with every team in one season.

  70. plum54 says: Mar 3, 2016 10:45 AM

    If he does decide to play next season he will be facing discipline for his HGH use, which per Roger is a 4 game suspension. Doubt very much any team wants him anyway, at least not as a starter. His HUGE Ego ( & forehead), will not like backing up anyone.

  71. leatherface2012 says: Mar 3, 2016 10:49 AM

    go make a pizza or something for gods sake

  72. janvanflac says: Mar 3, 2016 10:53 AM

    I doubt in his current condition he is any better than Nick Foles/Case Keenum.

  73. JaminJake says: Mar 3, 2016 10:54 AM

    Every hit is time away from his kids. I think he is only doing this for the $2.5 million, but if he intends to play, he should take an insurance policy out on himself.

  74. tomtravis76 says: Mar 3, 2016 11:04 AM

    The league office wants Peyton in LA to help with the transition until Stan’ s Fun Palace is ready.

  75. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 3, 2016 11:08 AM

    Did Cooper Manning’s brother, Peyton Manning, rape anyone yesterday?

  76. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 3, 2016 11:09 AM

    Darren Sharper and Peyton Manning great players.

  77. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 3, 2016 11:11 AM

    What is Peyton Manning’s favorite Nirvana song?

  78. mmack66 says: Mar 3, 2016 11:22 AM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Mar 3, 2016 9:11 AM

    the idea that he is a ‘shell of his former self’ is absurd, Manning definitely still has game and is able to run an offense at the highest level…
    ————————-

    Lawl. Did you watch any Denver games last season?

  79. birdman3333 says: Mar 3, 2016 11:23 AM

    He took too many drugs (steroids and HGH) recovering from his neck injury to retire. For god sake he shortened his life to come back. No way he retires.

  80. deltaoracle says: Mar 3, 2016 11:41 AM

    Great football brain.
    But otherwise not too bright.

  81. dejadoh says: Mar 3, 2016 11:43 AM

    Very few people get to do what they want to do, what they love to do. If he still loves it and can play, keep going.

  82. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 3, 2016 11:44 AM

    Losing respect for him everyday he plays this stupid game of chicken. Good luck to whatever team signs him,. They will be hamstrung by a QB that throws a 10 yd out that takes 10 minutes to get to the receiver. He must really want that number 2 spot under Favre for most INT’s in a career.

  83. nwhmpshr says: Mar 3, 2016 11:51 AM

    All about the personal stats. I think he’s tied with Favre for regular season wins. He will use any team to pad a stat here or there then retire. In that game clip where he loses it screaming at Jeff Saturday it was after three incompletions of Peyton trying to throw his patented, cheap, stat padding touchdown from the goal line. Peyton lost it after Saturday called him out for not handing it off.

  84. vonmillertime says: Mar 3, 2016 12:22 PM

    I love you Peyton but you have got to retire man!

  85. whywerule says: Mar 3, 2016 12:23 PM

    Would any team want him? Would the Rams view him as an upgrade over Nick Foles and Case Keenum? Would the Texans view him as an upgrade over Brian Hoyer?

    Very questionable if any team would want Peyton at this point given his health issues and his play last season. Couple that with the possibility that he would be suspended for the first four games next season due to his PEDs cheating, if he did sign with a team, and it becomes increasingly unlikely he will return.

  86. switchwitch59 says: Mar 3, 2016 12:25 PM

    @jackfan2

    I’m trying to decide if you need therapy or a straightjacket and padded room. Probably the latter.

    Pay-a-ton won’t retire, his ego won’t let him. He’ll let the Broncos cut him and then go looking for another team to ruin their season.

  87. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 3, 2016 12:26 PM

    I hope and pray we don’t face whatever team he ends up with in the playoffs. Manning is currently 3-1 against Brady in the AFCC games and I don’t want that record to go to 4-1. Aghh!

  88. joeflaccosunibrow says: Mar 3, 2016 12:34 PM

    smokehouse56 says:
    Mar 3, 2016 7:30 AM
    Give me a thumbs up if you think Payton Manning has one more decent season in his gas tank.
    ___
    Mentally yes
    Physically no

  89. switchwitch59 says: Mar 3, 2016 12:37 PM

    Pay-a-ton won’t retire, his ego won’t let him. He’ll let the Broncos cut him and then go looking for another team to ruin their season.

    Let me rephrase that: He’ll go looking for a team he can delude into thinking he will improve their QB play and ruin their season by failing to produce.

  90. gonakgod says: Mar 3, 2016 12:43 PM

    of course he’s not retiring. he’s got plenty of subpar pizza to shill for. he’s a huckster, a fraud, a flim flam man

  91. rawpowwa says: Mar 3, 2016 12:52 PM

    He’s still better than Case Keenum. I think that’s obvious, and I’m sure Manning does too. So this is easy. Sign with the Rams, then if you get benched for Keenum, you know definitively that you are garbage. That goes for any quarterback, not just Peyton.

  92. coloradotennisfan says: Mar 3, 2016 12:55 PM

    It must be difficult to walk away, but he is not thinking clearly. His performance in the last season and a half were terrible. With a reasonable quarterback, the Broncos would have had a good offense. With PM, the offense was in the bottom 1/4 of the league. PM will embarrass himself and put his health at risk if he continues to play. More than likely, he will ride the bench. Why would a HOF quarterback want to ride the bench?

  93. topwonk says: Mar 3, 2016 1:12 PM

    It will be a shame if Manning does not retire and is cut from the Broncos. Not the storybook ending most NFL fans would like to see. But it’s his life and his career, so here’s to Peyton and his long-term health, if he wants to continue to play.

  94. edavidberg says: Mar 3, 2016 1:31 PM

    If you are Denver, why not sign him for a very low price (veteran minimum even)?

    Whether they bring in Osweiler, Daniel, or someone else Manning would be good to have as a backup.

    If Peyton keeps playing I’m guessing it won’t be for the money but for the love of the game.

  95. jjsooner says: Mar 3, 2016 1:43 PM

    I happen to think that he will retire. He would do well, if he decides to play, to take a pay cut and stay put. What better mentor could Denver ask for for their young QB? Keep in mind that he did what he did without much run game. All the pressure on him. Yes I thin k he should retire, but maybe he just loves the game. He certainly doesn’t need the money.

  96. jdubkc says: Mar 3, 2016 2:03 PM

    PED use extends Payton’s career

  97. nflgtcfl says: Mar 3, 2016 2:09 PM

    He better pick a team with a BULLET PROOF O-Line. Since none exist, what teams have the best line to protect Manning? You could tell in the SB he threw deep to TRY and keep the defense honest. But he was not even trying to complete the passes, just over throwing everyone so it was not intercepted.

    The deep ball is just not there anymore.

    The mid range ball is barely there.

    He obviously still has the skills at the line to cut down drastically on blitzes. Other then that he has become a checkdown Charlie.

    His injuries were not minor and it only gets worse form year.

    I really enjoyed watching Manning’s career from the start, but you have to see reality.

  98. sariff420 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:01 PM

    Super bowl stats being used to knock a player? Thats funny considering he won two of them and played against some really good defenses…Seattle, Chicago, Carolina. ..

  99. fredegrar says: Mar 3, 2016 3:10 PM

    Manning has always attached two criteria to his retirement decision… whether he still “enjoys” the game (and the process) and whether or not he believes he can make a positive contribution to his team’s success. It sounds like he’s now focusing on the first to the exclusion of the other.

    To be fair, probably most of us would have a hard time walking away from a gig with seven digit/per year salaries. Not that he couldn’t pull that down in other ways though.

  100. Silver and Black attack says: Mar 3, 2016 3:12 PM

    Hopefully he swindles the Broncos into keeping him and letting him start again next year. That’s good news for the rest of the AFC West

  101. revren10 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:28 PM

    He will need the money to fight the bad PR when its proven he cheated with HGH

  102. greggallmansliver says: Mar 3, 2016 4:03 PM

    Elway pinches himself everyday for winning a championship with the statistically worst QB in the league. This is not a dice to be rolled again. Put the ring in your pocket John and whistle past the grave yard. If Manning wants to play again there will be a team that signs him but unless they have the best D in the league it ain’t going to be pretty.

  103. jjsooner says: Mar 3, 2016 4:29 PM

    Soooooo are you gonna rip him having to bear the offense with little to no running game? Did you fall and bust your head???

  104. whodat5150 says: Mar 3, 2016 4:38 PM

    Peyton Manning is my homey so I’ve got love for him but he NEEDS to call it a day. If I was a GM, there’s ABSOLUTELY NO WAY, I would pay PM 2016 the kind of money he’s gonna want since HE’S not gonna win me many games. Manning USED to win you games but that QB no longer exists.

  105. myinnerpup says: Mar 3, 2016 5:07 PM

    What the heck?! Peyton loves the game, and he beat amazing odds to keep playing and help his team get to the Superbowl. Brock was good but he wasn’t getting the job done.

    How can all these so-called football fans be crying out for him to retire, when he’s still so awesome? I don’t get it, and I hope he stays & plays as long as he feels up to it. He has surpassed everyone’s expectations on a regular basis, and he’s a joy to watch because of all the amazing strategy and heart he has. I’ll be rooting for him, no question!

    If all the good ones just quit when they were on top, think of all the amazing performances we would have missed. Maybe the Brett Favre back & forth drama made ppl hate this sort of thing, but he was a special case..

  106. genericuser8888 says: Mar 4, 2016 2:15 AM

    People talking about Brady and Peyton and records.

    You do realize Brees already holds the most records and will likely hold almost, if not, all of them before he retires, right?

    Payton is staying because he enjoys the game. It’s not about the money or the rings or the records anymore.

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