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Report: Peyton Manning will retire on Monday

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Peyton Manning is bringing his Hall of Fame career to an end.

Manning will announce his retirement on Monday in Denver, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. Mortensen has long been close to the Manning family, and so this report — unlike a Denver Post report last week that proved to be premature — is certain to be correct.

In the month since the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, Manning has toyed with the idea of coming back for another year. The Broncos did not seem interested in having him back — and were certainly not interested in paying him anything close to the $19 million salary his contract called for — and so there could have been an awkward situation in which Manning was released.

But that’s not going to happen. Manning has decided to go out on a high note, hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the final game of his career. One of the greatest players in NFL history will now ride off into the sunset.

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  1. uknepatsfan says: Mar 6, 2016 7:30 AM

    Happy trails, Peyton.

  2. razzlejag says: Mar 6, 2016 7:31 AM

    Greatest Regular Season QB of All Time- congratulations on a great HOF career,

  3. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 6, 2016 7:32 AM

    Eli will have more rings than big brother

  4. namriverrat69 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:35 AM

    Retiring is a very wise choice.

  5. psubeerman21 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:35 AM

    This makes me feel old.

  6. blowfishes says: Mar 6, 2016 7:35 AM

    … until a starter gets injured in the preseason on a team ready to compete and the Broncos will start asking for a 2017 draft pick in trade for his rights.

  7. kelvinmchale says: Mar 6, 2016 7:42 AM

    I won’t believe he’s retired until it’s January of 2017 and he didn’t play the whole season.

  8. monsterscream says: Mar 6, 2016 7:42 AM

    Good to see that Mort broke the story. Hope all is going well in his recovery!

  9. lgbarn says: Mar 6, 2016 7:44 AM

    He has dragged this out WAY too long. He should have retired weeks ago. He’s been nothing but a distraction for the Broncos, the NFL and his alma mater Tennessee. It’s a shame to see such a great career end on such a low point after winning the Superbowl only weeks ago.

  10. kev86 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:44 AM

    The Manning’s are football royalty. Peyton Manning was one of the best to ever play.

  11. dkelley1186 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:46 AM

    Can we double, triple, maybe even quadruple check morts sources? Make sure they’re correct this time, ya know?

  12. boyso3 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:47 AM

    Congratulations to Peyton on one hell of a career. Easily one of the top 3 QBs of all time. I know I will miss his battles with Brady most of all. Every one of those games was must watch tv and I feel extremely fortunate to have watched every game they played against each other.

  13. suggahbuggah says: Mar 6, 2016 7:49 AM

    hard to believe..first time i ever saw him he was in diapers…lol

    Good Luck with the rest of your life Peyton and
    please dial back on the commercials, you are overexposed, no pun intended.

  14. wattambor says: Mar 6, 2016 7:50 AM

    Broncos need to release him so he can retire as a Colt.

  15. guypatsfan says: Mar 6, 2016 7:52 AM

    boyso3 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 7:47 AM

    Congratulations to Peyton on one hell of a career. Easily one of the top 3 QBs of all time. I know I will miss his battles with Brady most of all. Every one of those games was must watch tv and I feel extremely fortunate to have watched every game they played against each other.
    ——————————————
    I’ll second that emotion! Peyton Manning earned the privilege of deciding when to retire. Now after due consideration he came to the conclusion that it’s now time to retire. Next stop – Canton, Ohio.

  16. weege001 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:53 AM

    Cooper is depressed that he is going to lose some of that sweet Bronco cash…

  17. DonRSD says: Mar 6, 2016 7:55 AM

    Please run for NFL commissioner.

  18. rportkid says: Mar 6, 2016 7:56 AM

    We all can be sure any story that Mort breaks is true and has utmost integrity.

  19. acmepackers says: Mar 6, 2016 7:56 AM

    Thank God it’s ending like it should

  20. tigerlilac says: Mar 6, 2016 7:59 AM

    I’ll miss the Peyton Brady matchups. The NFL at its best from a fan’s perspective.

    As a Patriots fan, I don’t think any player scared me more with the ball in his hands than Peyton with the lead less than 7 late in the fourth quarter.

    As for Mort, I have to wonder how a guy who is so close to Peyton could treat Brady so unethically. As an NFL reporter for a major network, if you respect one of those quarterbacks I would expect you would respect the other.

  21. smitty113 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:59 AM

    First ballot hall of famer and there is nothing Shaun King or Stephen A Smith can do about it.

  22. streetyson says: Mar 6, 2016 7:59 AM

    boyso3 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 7:47 AM
    Congratulations to Peyton…Easily one of the top 3 QBs of all time.
    ————–
    Eeek! Top 10 all-time & probably top 5, ok, but “easily” top 3? Given that Montana & Brady (or Brady & Montana) are 1 & 2, that 3rd spot has too much competition for anybody to be “easily” in that spot.

  23. saint2112 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:01 AM

    We are going to miss the rivalry. Good luck Peyton.
    Patriots fan…..

  24. tacomatiger says: Mar 6, 2016 8:02 AM

    He’ll probably make the HOF as a coach as well in some capacity i bet ya. Its best he gets on his high horse and rides off into the sunset to Omaha

  25. mempusa says: Mar 6, 2016 8:04 AM

    Good for Manning. Glad that came from Mortensen too. I couldn’t find anything regarding Mort’s status outside of stage IV. Anyone see anything?

  26. annes22 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:12 AM

    Congratulations Peyton on a great career. Some on here can’t help themselves, it’s a shame.

  27. denverdave3 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:13 AM

    Peyton for President.
    Hurry, Hurry!

  28. sidepull says: Mar 6, 2016 8:14 AM

    Brady>any Manning

  29. deadeye says: Mar 6, 2016 8:15 AM

    As a commenter alluded to, this did take way to long. Peyton was obviously shopping his services around to see if there were any other suitors for his services.

    I’m all in favor of the guy trying to continue if that’s what he wants to do, but good gosh Peyton, did you really think you could play in 2016 at a level anyone would find acceptable? There’s game tape of softly thrown ducks landing in the arms of defenders, and plenty of it.

    This announcement should have come one week, or less, after Von Miller’s Super Bowl victory.

  30. dtp15 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:16 AM

    well at least he can still sell insurance

  31. trublazer says: Mar 6, 2016 8:17 AM

    “it’s about damn time”

  32. marvin1958 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:18 AM

    Thanks for the memories, PM.

    Go Pack!!

  33. hawk944 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:19 AM

    I am going to miss him, the hand off has begun. Young guns run and throw better now than the old school QBs. The only sad part was seeing him play so badly the last two years, leaves a poor memory of a great player in my mind.

  34. roverboy1949 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:19 AM

    11 out of 12 stories mort( the reporter) writes are “under-inflated”.
    I do hope mort ( the man ) is doing well.

  35. 4ever19 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:20 AM

    One of the tops of all time. Second best QB in Colts history and that is nothing to be ashamed of since the best – Mr. John Constantine Unitas – is the GOAT.

  36. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 6, 2016 8:24 AM

    Woody Paige tried to out scoop Mort. Peyton wasn’t having it.

  37. luckyforus says: Mar 6, 2016 8:24 AM

    Besides being one of the best ever, Peyton is a class act and great person. True class and so giving to others. Countless stories of Peyton giving to charities and giving his time to sick people. He has a children’s hospital named after him.

    He revolutionized the QB position in the NFL and made every team he played on better. He carried teams to the playoffs and make many sacrifices to make his teams better. He was a privilege to watch.

    Peyton was not perfect like all of us. Those that hate and have convicted him on a story by a rogue news outlet and an incident that happened 20 years ago should be ashamed. Peyton has touched the lives of so many people in a positive way.

    Thanks Peyton, it sure has been a pleasure to watch you.

  38. chrishansonmanson says: Mar 6, 2016 8:25 AM

    Top 3 QB’s of all time? With all the different style of offense through out the years I know I couldn’t say he was a top 3. During the era he played undoubtedly. But really look back at all the great QB’s and if they all played during one era you might have change of heart. With that being said I feel luck to have seen him rip up and destroy defenses on a weekly basis for many years. And he showed what it means to be a professional win or lose…hear the Fig Newton?

  39. broncodanny says: Mar 6, 2016 8:26 AM

    Thanks Peyton, you were so much fun to watch. Probably the most cerebral quarterback ever. You were an ultra competitor and a great role model to young players. You were always prepared! Congratulations on a hall of fame career. ( which should wave the 5 year wait)

  40. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Mar 6, 2016 8:27 AM

    Greatest of all-time.

    Owns the cheats in the playoffs.
    Holds all the records.
    Doesn’t cheat.

  41. fordmandalay says: Mar 6, 2016 8:27 AM

    In other words; Manning went to every team in the NFL trying to convince them to sign him, and not even the Browns were dumb enough.

  42. jimthebuilder27 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:30 AM

    Not a huge fan of the guy, but congrats on a great career! He was a first overall pick, set many records, received many awards, he got a lot of money, went to numerous Pro Bowls, and now has two Super Bowl championships!

    Congrats Peyton, we’ll see you in Canton in five years!

  43. tncheese says: Mar 6, 2016 8:30 AM

    Thank You Peyton. Good call. You are the greatest VFL & one of the very best all time. We will miss you, but you have nothing left to prove. 18 seasons is a good number. Enjoy your family and your life. See you again in 5 years. Good luck and God bless you.

  44. thommillermd says: Mar 6, 2016 8:31 AM

    *tips hat to a legend*

  45. bender4700 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:32 AM

    Peyton waited to make the decision so he wasn’t a distraction to the Super Bowl team. Because if he announces it too close to the Super Bowl it’s all about him. Now that it was becoming nothing but stories about him he can retire now.

    Someone criticized him for waiting, but they clearly aren’t bright enough to see Peyton didn’t want the victory to be all about him like it was for Elway when he retired. Wait awhile, let his teammates celebrate and enjoy the win.

  46. jakestro says: Mar 6, 2016 8:34 AM

    He feels the natural push from the fans and media. The 90’s teabag scandal and the HGH situation would have been magnified if he stayed. The Broncos are dealing with Osweiler, so Denver is out. He probably doesn’t want to be known for playing for 3 teams, because legacy is everything to this guy.

  47. nicewolf64 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:38 AM

    does nationwide insurance sell retirement products? i can hear it now

    “epic retirement starts riiiight now”

  48. floridaraven says: Mar 6, 2016 8:43 AM

    No way he retires a Colt!

  49. sportfan2 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:44 AM

    This 2 time SB champ I’ve been a fan us his for a long time but it’s time to hang it up. To bad he missed way over a year with injury’s or his records would be out of sight. One of the all time greats.

  50. djrando7 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:45 AM

    What a fantastic career. I will personally miss watching him play.

  51. mystereo says: Mar 6, 2016 8:47 AM

    Ironic that his two worst seasons was his first and his last.

  52. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 6, 2016 8:47 AM

    He has dragged this out WAY too long……blah blah.

    ———-

    Wfh? It’s the off-season – did all this speculation interrupt your enjoyment of the combine?

  53. missingsock215 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:49 AM

    Chicken Parm you taste so good. More Buick, Nationwide and Papa John commercials to come in 2016-2017.

  54. djrando7 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:51 AM

    The hate spew by all the casual football fans in here is disgusting. Grow up and realize that just because you’re not a colts or Broncos fan, you were lucky enough to watch a true master of his craft play with he game we all love. So before spewing the typical ute

  55. djrando7 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:52 AM

    The hate spew by all the casual football fans in here is disgusting. Grow up and realize that just because you’re not a colts or Broncos fan, you were lucky enough to watch a true master of his craft play with he game we all love. So before spewing the typical Manning hate, realize that you have witnessed a talent and mind that we may never see again.

  56. chriskap11 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:53 AM

    Peyton as a Bills fan, thank you for providing me and my son great football to watch

  57. nyneal says: Mar 6, 2016 8:53 AM

    If Chris Mortensen is a good friend of the Mannings, then why would he announce something he found out from them about Manning’s retirement?
    You would think out of respect for them, he’d allow Manning to be the one to break the news to everyone, wouldn’t you?
    Of course, Mortensen and all these other reporters put friendship aside when it comes to a good scoop.
    As for Peyton, I can’t believe he’s played this long. Yes it’s nice to win another SB. But with the mounting evidence showing just how risky it is to play football, it seems to me he’s increased his odds of having major health problems a lot by playing this long. So has Tom Brady, and so did Brett Favre and everyone other player who has played a long time.
    I guess the love of the game is harder to give up than most of us realize.

  58. plum54 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:53 AM

    He would have been facing a 4 game suspension if he did not retire for PED use.

  59. andyb053 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:55 AM

    God Bless You, Peyton. I look forward to telling my grandkids that I watched you play football.

  60. jjsooner says: Mar 6, 2016 9:01 AM

    Best of luck and God bless you and your family. Thanks for the memories Peyton.

  61. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Mar 6, 2016 9:02 AM

    I don’t know, but I wonder if the Colts regret not keeping Manning and and surrounding him with a Brinks truck full of draft picks they would have gotten for the rights to Andrew Luck… Probably would have another title or 2 in Indy.

  62. trainwrecksryan says: Mar 6, 2016 9:02 AM

    Too bad. He could have used more money to hire all the attorneys he’s gonna need…

  63. reprob8 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:07 AM

    Great career!

    I’m sure that he’ll be in a front office/owner’s sky box soon

  64. snowdood163 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:11 AM

    Imagine if he had Elway as his gm for his entire career.
    Maybe we’d be talking about him as the goat for sure…

  65. rootpain says: Mar 6, 2016 9:19 AM

    tigerlilac says:
    Mar 6, 2016 7:59 AM
    I’ll miss the Peyton Brady matchups. The NFL at its best from a fan’s perspective.

    As a Patriots fan, I don’t think any player scared me more with the ball in his hands than Peyton with the lead less than 7 late in the fourth quarter.

    As for Mort, I have to wonder how a guy who is so close to Peyton could treat Brady so unethically. As an NFL reporter for a major network, if you respect one of those quarterbacks I would expect you would respect the other.
    ==============================
    As usual, very graciously put Tigerlilac.
    I couldnt have been so reserved towards Mort. I admire your restraint.

  66. bobsnygiants says: Mar 6, 2016 9:19 AM

    its about time, leave the cream on top, it sinks.

  67. suncawy says: Mar 6, 2016 9:20 AM

    Next stop, 1st ballot Hall of Fame. If he had continued playing, it would’ve been difficult to watch him play because he just didn’t have it anymore. He should either become a coach or GM.

  68. Florio Believer says: Mar 6, 2016 9:21 AM

    Thank you Jesus, I’ve been so concerned about Peyton and his troubles….he can sleep soundly now.

  69. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Mar 6, 2016 9:23 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Mar 6, 2016 8:27 AM

    Greatest of all-time. :Laughable

    Owns the cheats in the playoffs.: 3-2 is not “owning”
    Holds all the records.: Not for long
    Doesn’t cheat.: HGH

    You just got “owned” troll. May God have mercy on your soul.🙂

  70. demolition510 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:26 AM

    Peyton and Woodson started together and looks like they’ll be joining HOF together as well. Congrats!

  71. FattyWayneFontes says: Mar 6, 2016 9:26 AM

    Nice job Megahead

  72. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:27 AM

    Well if a lying scumbag like Mort says so it must be true.

  73. jaxon51 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:30 AM

    Congrats to Peyton on a great career. He did it the right way.
    I wonder how many rings he could have won if he had lowered himself to an Ernie Adams fueled ,field tilting scandal?

  74. oscarxray says: Mar 6, 2016 9:36 AM

    It was funny to hear Marshall Faulk say he rode everyone else to the SB.There’s only a handful of QBs that could have won it all last year with Denver and it not likely one of them with be on their roster this season.

  75. genericnflfan says: Mar 6, 2016 9:43 AM

    easily a top 10 QB all time. respect.

  76. witchrunner says: Mar 6, 2016 9:50 AM

    After all the articles that have said he’s not going to retire, I think I’ll wait for Peyton to speak for himself. I have no problem with him wanting to continue to play. My only advise is don’t pull a Favre. Just say what you want to do and do it. If you want to play some more and the Broncos don’t want you, then go to another team that does and play. This idea that you should retire while “on top” is ridiculous. If you want to continue, do so. Why quit before you are ready? Bottom line: what’s more important, doing what you love to do or worrying about what others might think about you doing what you love to do?

  77. ikeclanton says: Mar 6, 2016 10:05 AM

    Great career and clearly the 2nd best quarterback of the last 20 years after Tom Brady. It was time for him to retire last year, but what a way to go out.

  78. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 6, 2016 10:20 AM

    In other words….0 teams were interested in his services next year.

    Makes sense.
    🙂

  79. charger383 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:29 AM

    hope he coaches he knows too much football to not pass it on and that would be wasted as a GM

  80. paulieorkid says: Mar 6, 2016 10:53 AM

    Manning either “decided” to go out on a high note, or the decision was made for him — when no one wanted his clearly diminished services (let alone for what he was seeking as compensation for said services).

    Me thinks it was more likely the latter.

  81. cuda1234 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:09 AM

    Still hasn’t beaten the Gators!

  82. kingpel says: Mar 6, 2016 11:31 AM

    I am so relieved. As a fan I was not looking forward to him giving it another go.

  83. Big Ant TV says: Mar 6, 2016 11:48 AM

    going be a sad monday
    will miss you Peyton sheesh
    the dat we all thought would never come soon
    18 years

  84. Bubbalicious says: Mar 6, 2016 11:53 AM

    Beating Brady and the Cheatriats was no longer a challenge! Brady and the Cheatriats haven’t beat anything named Manning since 2004 in the playoffs! Now he can sit back and enjoy all he has accomplished as laugh at Brady as his disgrace continues and is forced to sit out the first four games of the season for cheating!

  85. Bubbalicious says: Mar 6, 2016 11:56 AM

    Tom Brady will not receive the honors and accolades Peyton Manning is because he and his team cheated. That means their wins; their Super Bowls are meaningless! Cheaters should not be allowed in the Hall of Fame.

  86. ravforlife says: Mar 6, 2016 12:14 PM

    True professional, all the best.

  87. rootpain says: Mar 6, 2016 12:19 PM

    Sad that you guys can’t get Brady out of your heads. Peyton just resigned. Give him at least a couple of days of undevided attention. He at least deserves that.

  88. rootpain says: Mar 6, 2016 12:22 PM

    And undivided as well.

  89. a1b24312 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:30 PM

    I thought Mort was out on medical leave. Maybe ESPNs benefits are too stingy.

  90. tigerlilac says: Mar 6, 2016 12:50 PM

    The reality is that Brady and Peyton will always be mentioned together just like Bird and Magic. The NFL, like the NBA, is a competition that pits man against man, even if they are not matched up one-on-one. Both Brady and Peyton, just like Bird and Magic, were pushed to greater heights by each other’s excellence. There is great mutual respect in these relationships.

  91. squidlips82 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:54 PM

    mystereo says:
    Mar 6, 2016 8:47 AM
    Ironic that his two worst seasons was his first and his last.

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLlll

    …. oh… forget it.

  92. boyso3 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:03 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots
    Mar 6, 2016, 8:27 AM EST
    Greatest of all-time.

    Owns the cheats in the playoffs.
    Holds all the records.
    Doesn’t cheat

    So 3-2 is “owning” someone? So if your team starts 3-2 next year are you gonna say that your team “owns” everyone. They played 5 playoff games versus each other and Manning holds a 1 game lead. Wow that’s really “owning” someone. Manning has 3 extra seasons on Brady so if you do the math, which I’m not confident that you can, Brady should catch Manning for most of his records. And lastly, I would be careful proclaiming that Manning didn’t cheat. Don’t forget that whole HGH thing. But I’m sure you think his pregnant wife needed some HGH lol.

  93. boyso3 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:13 PM

    What is everyone’s fascination with the Patriots. Here we have all-time great retiring and yet some children can’t control themselves enough to just congratulate him and leave it at that. Half of the comments here are about Brady and the Patriots. I understand that they will be linked forever for what they did on the field but watching people take shots at Brady on an article about Manning retiring is just funny but also a little confusing. Can’t we just give Peyton his due and leave it at that. I’m sure there will be an article about the Patriots coming out soon and then you can take out your frustrations.

  94. Bubbalicious says: Mar 6, 2016 1:18 PM

    Yes, 3 – 2 is owning if it means you haven’t beaten him in the Playoff’s since February 2004! That’s 12 friggen years ago! Throw in his brother beating him twice in the Superbowl for icing and Brady hasn’t beaten anything named Manning in the Playoff’s in the last 5 attempts! Wow! Who owns who?

  95. Bubbalicious says: Mar 6, 2016 1:19 PM

    Peyton and Eli to Tom – here Tom but on this dress and wigg, your new name is Melissa Brady! Who’se your Daddy!

  96. izzysydbas says: Mar 6, 2016 1:37 PM

    I love all of these people on this thread that think they should be the ones to tell Peyton when to make his announcement.

  97. fanboyarmy says: Mar 6, 2016 3:47 PM

    To the Haters. Not only did Manning own your team on the field, he still owns your head off the field. LOL!

  98. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 6, 2016 4:53 PM

    fanboyarmy says:
    Mar 6, 2016 3:47 PM

    To the Haters. Not only did Manning own your team on the field, he still owns your head off the field. LOL!
    _____________________

    How I dislike that term “hater”, almost as much as I dislike manning. Just because someone isn’t a jock sniffer of your favorite phony hero doesn’t make that someone a “hater”. I just see the man for what he really is … a cowardly, lying, entitled, sexually perverted, immature cheater who illegally injected HGH and blamed his wife in order to not besmirch his all-important records. Not a hater. A realist with eyes wide open.

  99. izzysydbas says: Mar 6, 2016 5:27 PM

    senatorblutarsky says:

    “How I dislike that term “hater”, almost as much as I dislike manning….. I just see the man for what he really is … a cowardly, lying, entitled, sexually perverted, immature cheater who illegally injected HGH ”

    ***

    I see: so you don’t like the term “hater” but you’re ok with coward, liar, and sexually perverted. As long as you are not a hypocrite or anything.

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