Broncos (for now) quarterback Peyton Manning is thinking about retirement. But he isn’t thinking about what he’ll do after retirement.
Manning, the subject of much “Will he or won’t he?” speculation over the last week, shed no light on whether he will retire when he spoke in Jacksonville on Wednesday night. He did say, however, that he hasn’t a clue what he’ll do next.
“It’s hard to say,” Manning said. “I think the one reason I’ve enjoyed my current job so much is I’ve been all in on it. I have not thought much about anything else beside the job that I was currently employed to do. I understand we’re closer to that point in time now, but I felt like I owed it to the teams that I played for, I owed it to my teammates, my coaches, to the fans, that I was 100 percent all in on this current job. When that stops then I’ll kind of move to plan B.”
Manning will have plenty of opportunities. He could go into coaching or working as a team executive, and he’d be highly sought after as a TV analyst. He won’t be hard up looking for work.
The job he has now, however, remains quarterback for the Broncos. He’ll only have five more days in that job before the Broncos need to cut bait on his $19 million 2016 salary, and he sounds like a guy who won’t have his mind made up by then.