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Peyton Manning again sounds like he wants to keep playing

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Peyton Manning isn’t giving interviews, but he is giving speeches. And he keeps sounding like he wants to keep playing.

On Wednesday, Manning gave a speech in Florida and didn’t sound like a man who’s ready to retire. And today, Manning gave a speech in Las Vegas and once again sounded like he thinks he has another season left in him.

Michele Steele of ESPN attended the speech and said Manning gave no indication that he’s done playing. Manning also talked about his playing career in the present tense, not the past tense.

“My vision is to compete against the very best at the highest level,” Manning said.

So six days after a Denver Post report that Manning would retire (a report that we immediately called into question and that the Broncos disputed), we don’t have clarity on Manning’s plans. But we do have indications that he wants to keep playing. The biggest question may be not whether Manning wants to play, but whether any team wants a 40-year-old Manning to be its quarterback in 2016.

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  1. MichaelEdits says: Mar 4, 2016 6:21 PM

    When Van Halen remakes “Panama” as “Omaha,” we will welcome Peyton back to the rodeo.

  2. ravenbiker says: Mar 4, 2016 6:22 PM

    Too bad his vision doesn’t meet his reality.

  3. crik911 says: Mar 4, 2016 6:22 PM

    The mind is strong, arm is weak.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 4, 2016 6:23 PM

    Tailor made skill set for the Arena League, at this point in time.

  5. captainwisdom8888 says: Mar 4, 2016 6:24 PM

    1. He should go out on top. No better way to end a half of fame career

    2. If he does stay, doesn’t it sound plausible to spell him with Osweiler during blowouts and in 4th quarter of games that are under control? All the while keeping him fresh for the playoffs. I dunno it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility

  6. charlescub80 says: Mar 4, 2016 6:25 PM

    So much for ppl rooting for him to ride off into the sunset!

  7. t1manit0 says: Mar 4, 2016 6:26 PM

    I was at the speech today. He confirmed his physical limitations. He also said he is mentally strong and did not give any indications either way. He certainly did not say anything about it being over however so we will see.

  8. patsbrat says: Mar 4, 2016 6:28 PM

    MichaelEdits says:
    Mar 4, 2016 6:21 PM

    When Van Halen remakes “Panama” as “Omaha,” we will welcome Peyton back to the rodeo.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    all I hear is the Clash – Should I stay or should I go now?

  9. bradygirl12 says: Mar 4, 2016 6:30 PM

    Please go away.

  10. millarddjr says: Mar 4, 2016 6:32 PM

    Told ya so. Go back and look at my other posts. He wants the money, will force Denver to cut him. If they do, he’ll be “disappointed ” and seek to prove everyone wrong by signing elsewhere, where he’ll film commercials while rehabbing from a mystery injury.

  11. nightryder10 says: Mar 4, 2016 6:33 PM

    Four games and five INTs into next season, already banged up and with his noodle arm betraying him, he’ll know he made a grievous error in judgment.

    Plus, it will be an entire year full of HGH and teabag questions.

    Pack it in, Peyton.

  12. heisthejuan says: Mar 4, 2016 6:33 PM

    The “want to” far exceeds the “can do” at this point. Can’t see him getting through 16 games without and injury or benching at this point? Is it worth embarrassing yourself to slightly pad your TD and yardage lead over Brees/Brady?

  13. proudchowdahead13 says: Mar 4, 2016 6:46 PM

    Hard to walk away from a multimillion dollar pay check, if a team is willing to pay him.

  14. vikinganswer says: Mar 4, 2016 6:50 PM

    I am rooting for Plays With Bugs to have a 40m salary cap contract on their roster in the best league in the world…..bar none.

  15. All-American Voltron says: Mar 4, 2016 6:50 PM

    Peyton doesn’t want to “play”, he wants to be PAID.

    There are enough question marks since he was the QB for the SB to create enough doubt that he could conceivably win for another team with a strong defense and running game. Couple that with the strong demand for QB’s in 2016, and he figures he can score one more big payday from some sucker NFL team. The past few years Peyton has made it clear he’s saving as much $ as he can before retirement so God bless ’em, and God bless the team that forks over $15-$20 million for him.

  16. danm1978 says: Mar 4, 2016 7:03 PM

    captainwisdom8888 says:
    Mar 4, 2016 6:24 PM
    1. He should go out on top. No better way to end a half of fame career

    2. If he does stay, doesn’t it sound plausible to spell him with Osweiler during blowouts and in 4th quarter of games that are under control? All the while keeping him fresh for the playoffs. I dunno it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility
    ————————————
    It is impossible. Salary Cap. Manning due 21.5 Osweiler could be anything from 10 to 15m. Denver would not on any stretch of imagination keep him around.

  17. mmack66 says: Mar 4, 2016 7:11 PM

    ““My vision is to compete against the very best at the highest level,” Manning said.”
    ———————–

    At this point, he is neither, so why doesn’t he think that everyone else deserves that?

  18. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 4, 2016 7:19 PM

    This is a production. He retires. $peeche$.

  19. tylawspick6 says: Mar 4, 2016 7:23 PM

    This might be worse than Favre.

    1. He’s clearly cooked, unless Guyer has found him a new batch of roids that can go undetected in 2016.

    2. He clearly thinks the HGH and Teabagate stories are somehow going to go away, when it’s clear he lied in both situations.

    The arrogance of it. The arrogance.

  20. chawk12thman says: Mar 4, 2016 7:23 PM

    My guess is that he is 50% to retire; 50% to play and 10% undecided……..(He gives 110%)

    My guess is also that 25% of the teams would look at potentially getting him to play for them at a middle to high end price. Don’t kid yourself into thinking he wouldn’t have a market. Now; would it be on a contender, not likely. That might be his biggest decision making attribute……..

  21. dsheik says: Mar 4, 2016 7:24 PM

    All-American Voltron says:
    Mar 4, 2016 6:50 PM

    Peyton doesn’t want to “play”, he wants to be PAID.

    There are enough question marks since he was the QB for the SB to create enough doubt that he could conceivably win for another team with a strong defense and running game. Couple that with the strong demand for QB’s in 2016, and he figures he can score one more big payday from some sucker NFL team. The past few years Peyton has made it clear he’s saving as much $ as he can before retirement so God bless ’em, and God bless the team that forks over $15-$20 million for him.
    ——————————————————————–
    The Broncos will cut him. But he knows he has 1 big payday left, if he wants to do it. With the LA Rams.

  22. arktikman says: Mar 4, 2016 7:29 PM

    What is the going rate for Peyton? $18M? Cousins, Bradford and Flacco seem to have influenced his retirement plans.

    Realistically, where else is he going to go and earn $18M for 6 months “work”?

    I would milk it like him. Maybe work in a VP or GM role into the negotiations…. No room in Denver for that obviously.

  23. wjmoffatt says: Mar 4, 2016 7:32 PM

    No one is going to make this guy their starting qb unless it’s for a gemic.

  24. pbeddoe says: Mar 4, 2016 7:32 PM

    OMG, please go away Peyton….

  25. firerogergoodell says: Mar 4, 2016 7:33 PM

    I love you Peyt but give it up man…

  26. cueghost says: Mar 4, 2016 7:33 PM

    Brett Favre can probably STILL throw the deep outs better than Peyton.

  27. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 4, 2016 7:34 PM

    I’m gonna be livid if he comes only to own Brady one last time in the AFCC game. That record needs to stay at 3-1, if Manning wins again he will be 4-1 against Brady in the AFCC games.

  28. pensfan1 says: Mar 4, 2016 7:35 PM

    He’s been hanging around Brett Favre too much.

  29. ranlgon says: Mar 4, 2016 7:41 PM

    I think Peyton wants to do the retirement tour where he gets showered in presents and adulation. I don’t think he ever gets tired of hearing how great he is and there might be some obscure record that he can still achieve.

  30. tylawspick6 says: Mar 4, 2016 7:43 PM

    Manning is so luck he faced the Pats B Squad in 2013 and 2015.

    His play in SB 50 was brutal.

    Worst HOF QB ever.

    Needs a dome and pristine weather to peform, with roids, apparently.

    .500 postseason QB.

    Blown out in a SB, 43-8 a la Elway.

  31. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 4, 2016 7:56 PM

    Good luck to any team that pays 20 million for the privilege of having a QB audible to a run 90% of the time and throwing picks the other 5%.

  32. puntonfirstdown says: Mar 4, 2016 8:02 PM

    What is it with these great QB’s who are obsessed with embarrassing themselves at the end of their careers? Unitas… Namath… Montana… Favre…

  33. tralfaz1127 says: Mar 4, 2016 8:11 PM

    To keep playing you have to have been doing it.
    He didn’t last year. Overrated backup QB at this point.

  34. mmack66 says: Mar 4, 2016 8:25 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 4, 2016 7:34 PM

    I’m gonna be livid if he comes only to own Brady one last time in the AFCC game. That record needs to stay at 3-1, if Manning wins again he will be 4-1 against Brady in the AFCC games.
    ———————-

    He isn’t going to the Jets, Steelers, Ravens, Colts, or Chiefs, and he isn’t staying in Denver, so I would say you have nothing to worry about.

    Besides, he didn’t really beat the Patriots in the AFCCG.

  35. nenlain says: Mar 4, 2016 8:29 PM

    You shoulda retired Manning.

  36. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 4, 2016 8:44 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Mar 4, 2016 8:25 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 4, 2016 7:34 PM

    I’m gonna be livid if he comes only to own Brady one last time in the AFCC game. That record needs to stay at 3-1, if Manning wins again he will be 4-1 against Brady in the AFCC games.
    ———————-

    He isn’t going to the Jets, Steelers, Ravens, Colts, or Chiefs, and he isn’t staying in Denver, so I would say you have nothing to worry about.

    Besides, he didn’t really beat the Patriots in the AFCCG.

    ——————-

    Not sure how you can make that claim when he scored twice as many TDs as Brady in the AFCC game. Anyways if he doesn’t make the playoffs again then I am happy because I sure don’t want to see his record against Brady in AFCC games end up being 4-1.

  37. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 4, 2016 8:46 PM

    manning. Greedy. Selfish. Money and records are all he ever cared about. Coward who blamed his wife for his own illegal HGH injections. Sexual pervert who should have been imprisoned if not for daddy’s intervention. I don’t understand how anyone would think that this phony is some kind of hero.

  38. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 4, 2016 8:50 PM

    chawk12thman says:
    Mar 4, 2016 7:23 PM

    My guess is that he is 50% to retire; 50% to play and 10% undecided……..(He gives 110%)

    My guess is also that 25% of the teams would look at potentially getting him to play for them at a middle to high end price. Don’t kid yourself into thinking he wouldn’t have a market. Now; would it be on a contender, not likely. That might be his biggest decision making attribute……..
    ______________________

    Don’t kid yourself. There are old ladies that can throw better than manning. The Broncos defense won the Super Bowl in spite of manning.

  39. xbam says: Mar 4, 2016 8:51 PM

    money grab….

  40. californiaqid says: Mar 4, 2016 9:13 PM

    You can’t fix stupid. Maybe his home life sucks.

  41. sjoyner59 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:14 PM

    look at his season stats last year he NEEDS to retire !

  42. coop16 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:22 PM

    Come on, Peyton. I’ve always liked and respected you. Do the smart thing. Go out on top, as a Super Bowl champion. You don’t need the money anyway.

  43. lennymoorerules says: Mar 4, 2016 9:38 PM

    Well, there you go-Peyton wants to compete at the highest level. Well to paraphrase Forrest Gump: “stupid is as stupid does Miss Blue”!

  44. arktikman says: Mar 4, 2016 9:42 PM

    Mrclaytonbigsby: don’t you mean throwing picks the other half the time?

  45. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 4, 2016 10:09 PM

    I was trying to be kind lol

  46. mybrunoblog says: Mar 4, 2016 10:10 PM

    Stay home and run the 30 pizza shops he owns or play a game you love for 5 or 10 million $. I’d play too. Everyone is so opinionated. Leave the man alone it’s his life & legacy let him worry about it.

  47. tigershark0052 says: Mar 4, 2016 10:14 PM

    @ t1manito
    Quit pretending you were there. What a joke

  48. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 4, 2016 11:07 PM

    The Chiefs effectively retired him when they held him to just 35 yards on 5-of-20 passing, zero touchdowns, four interceptions. Stacked the box with 9 defenders to play the run and defend the pass because he cant complete a pass longer than 5yds without giving himself a hernia.

  49. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 5, 2016 12:27 AM

    at first i thought he should retire,, but since all these “allegations” started coming out i want him to keep playing to prove that that lady is a lier

  50. willkill4caffeine says: Mar 5, 2016 1:12 AM

    What if this move that eventually lands Peyton Manning in LA is all cooked up by the NFL as a way to drum up interest in the Rams’ new area. It’d be a great tactic to draw interest from the casual fan. “Come take part in an all-time NFL greats retirement tour!”/2016-17 NFL season. I smell conspiracy, henceforth known as “Peyton-Gate”.

  51. varangia says: Mar 5, 2016 1:31 AM

    If he stays, I would use him as a George Blanda or Earl Morrall type backup. He wouldn’t be a starter. Peyton is good for short bursts of time to get you through a critical hump, but he can’t play a lot of games in a row.

  52. smitty113 says: Mar 5, 2016 7:02 AM

    I hope he plays another year so he can show Cam Newton how to have heart. If there is a fumbled ball on the ground Peyton will go for it. We’ve all seen what Newton does. Hello Kitty.

  53. sidepull says: Mar 5, 2016 7:12 AM

    Call it “playing” if you want but really its more like a handout. No more sympathy trophies, you are washed up, nobody is going to carry your noodle arm. Go home. Plow a field with Farve.

  54. 1standinches says: Mar 5, 2016 8:02 AM

    joker/Jack Nicholson: Well.. It’s time to retire.. Feel free to drop in.

  55. bebopa says: Mar 5, 2016 8:06 AM

    Let him play until he has to crawl under center. This is Peyton Manning!!! lol.

  56. dsh97 says: Mar 5, 2016 8:36 AM

    Time for the Broncos to do what the Packers did for Favre. And amazingly enough, I think Favre’s arm was far better than Peyton’s arm is currently.

  57. nhpats says: Mar 5, 2016 9:16 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 4, 2016 7:34 PM
    I’m gonna be livid if he comes only to own Brady one last time in the AFCC game. That record needs to stay at 3-1, if Manning wins again he will be 4-1 against Brady in the AFCC games.
    ————
    Son your schtick of trying to pretend you are a Pats fan is a ripoff of another poster, old and tired. Nobody buys it. And no real Pats fan buys Peyton owning Brady in anything. Get a life son.

  58. njraiderfan19 says: Mar 5, 2016 9:18 AM

    Somebody strap him to a chair, tape his eyelids open and force him to watch film of Jerry Rice in a Seahawks uniform, and from his training camp with (ironically) the Broncos. Seeing a player with a career on the same level as his own may shock him into the reality that it’s over. Hyper-competitive people have convinced themselves for years that nothing can stop them, until the reality that no one can defeat Father Time sets in hard. By then it’s usually a year or 2 too late.

  59. patsfiend says: Mar 5, 2016 9:36 AM

    He’ll convince some stupid team to give him a few more million.

  60. orangeraider says: Mar 5, 2016 9:40 AM

    I would guess many of us are sick and tired of this guy dragging it out.
    He was lucky to be the QB for the Broncos last year.
    He stunk and continues to stink.
    Go away

  61. kissmysandwich says: Mar 5, 2016 9:45 AM

    The endorsement king is going to play 1 year for the Rams. Kroenke will pay him $20M for the hype he needs in LA and Manning will clean house on local endorsements. He’ll probably add another $50m to his fortune in one year. Bet on it.

  62. mmack66 says: Mar 5, 2016 9:49 AM

    Whatever team is dumb enough to sign that guy deserves what they get.

  63. dencar2014 says: Mar 5, 2016 10:18 AM

    Coming back would be a huge mistake!!
    Leave with dignity while you’re on top Peyton; don’t push your luck beyond your physical capabilities at this stage in your career.

  64. dbarnes79 says: Mar 5, 2016 10:26 AM

    Just retire Peyton. It will never get better than this.

  65. polegojim says: Mar 5, 2016 10:32 AM

    One question -last season he played just about as bad as most 3rd string QBs… who… in their right mind… would pay him 20mil for that… just for a historic name?

    He and the Bronco’s know they won the Super Bowl DESPITE him last season, not because of him.

  66. mdintino1420 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:00 AM

    Other than money, what could he possibly gain from going to another team and having to learn a whole new offense? Just hang it up. You had an awesome career!!!! Please don’t risk getting hurt or embarrassing yourself.

  67. cornerstone2001 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:48 AM

    Fraud and stat padder

  68. twinfan24 says: Mar 5, 2016 12:01 PM

    Sounds like Manning is determined to end his career like a Unitas or a Namath (washed up in a different uniform), instead of riding off into the sunset with records and his 2nd SB ring.

    More power to him, if someone will sign him. But, how many teams have the defense or other talent to support him at this point? He is no longer the guy that can win games for you.

  69. rootpain says: Mar 5, 2016 12:31 PM

    kissmysandwich says:
    Mar 5, 2016 9:45 AM
    The endorsement king is going to play 1 year for the Rams. Kroenke will pay him $20M for the hype he needs in LA and Manning will clean house on local endorsements. He’ll probably add another $50m to his fortune in one year. Bet on it.
    =≠===========================
    I would love for this to happen. The Rams would go from 7-9 to 3-13 or something close to that and be a bust in LA. Couldn’t happen to a better pair of guys than Kroenke and Manning.
    It’s not like the Kings bringing in Gretzky during his prime. Wayne was at the top of his game and brought credibility to the Kings and interest in hockey to LA. Manning offers none of that to the LA Millennials.

  70. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 5, 2016 5:31 PM

    nhpats says:
    Mar 5, 2016 9:16 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 4, 2016 7:34 PM
    I’m gonna be livid if he comes only to own Brady one last time in the AFCC game. That record needs to stay at 3-1, if Manning wins again he will be 4-1 against Brady in the AFCC games.
    ————
    Son your schtick of trying to pretend you are a Pats fan is a ripoff of another poster, old and tired. Nobody buys it. And no real Pats fan buys Peyton owning Brady in anything. Get a life son.
    _____

    Let me guess, you started watching football after you saw Brady on TV? I have been a Pats fan way before Brady and will continue to be a fan after he is gone. Will you do the same? Doubt it.

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