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No word yet on whether Peyton is officially released or retired

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The Broncos will make a formal roster transaction today in which they will either release Peyton Manning or put him on the reserve/retired list. The difference between those two transaction categories is potentially significant.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the official roster transaction designation — released or retired — has not been made yet.

If Manning is released, that means he’s free to unretire any time he wants, and other teams are free to contact him. At the moment, it doesn’t appear that any team has more than mild interest. But if some starting quarterback suffers an injury, that could change.

If Manning is placed on the reserve/retired list, that makes it less likely he would come out of retirement at a later date. He could still change his mind, but he’d first have to get the Broncos to release him. And if he did it after the trade deadline — say, if a playoff contender lost its starting quarterback late in the season — he would first have to go through waivers, and some other team could claim him to block him from the team he wants to go to.

That might sound farfetched, but in 2002 it sounded farfetched that Deion Sanders would come out of retirement. And yet that’s exactly what Sanders did, or tried to do: He asked Washington to release him from its reserve/retired list so that he could go play in Oakland, and Washington obliged. But San Diego — coached by Marty Schottenheimer, with whom Sanders did not see eye to eye — claimed Sanders on waivers solely to block him from Oakland, and Sanders decided to stay retired. (Sanders did later come out of retirement, in 2004 with the Ravens.)

From all indications, Manning really is retired, and this will prove to be moot. But the transaction designation remains significant: If Manning is placed on the reserve/retired list, that means he really does expect to remain retired. If Manning is released, that means he wants to keep all his options open.

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23 Responses to “No word yet on whether Peyton is officially released or retired”
  1. indytom87 says: Mar 7, 2016 7:07 AM

    Released in order to retire as a Colt – is the other option.

  2. rootpain says: Mar 7, 2016 7:12 AM

    So much drama. Why play these games. If he backs out now, he will become the second biggest joke in the league (but still a long way behind number one, Goodell the Narcissist).

  3. sidepull says: Mar 7, 2016 7:24 AM

    Brady>then any Manning

  4. margoadams says: Mar 7, 2016 7:41 AM

    Having his sexual assault case played out in front of the country while blaming his wife for his HGH problem has to be a big burden for Peyton. Probably putting a lot of stress on him at home. You can only cover up bad behavior for so long.

  5. willycents says: Mar 7, 2016 8:29 AM

    There is one possibility that everyone overlooks. Manning goes on the retired list. IF he wishes to “un-retire” for a specific team, he simply has to get the Broncos to trade him to that team. The Broncos are a class organization and would likely go along with it for a low price.

  6. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 7, 2016 8:31 AM

    So Manning is really, possibly going to retire a Bronco and not a Colt? Wow…. People of Indy are going to be furious. And I’m going to laugh and laugh and laugh….

  7. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 7, 2016 8:36 AM

    I’m guessing that’s why they are having a press conference at 1:00 pm today.

    Press conferences are handy tools for teams to distribute tidbits of information like that. Maybe you should just hang tight for a few hours instead of trying to make a story out of it.

  8. isphet71 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:45 AM

    Seems a little early to be worrying about the Broncos not making a statement yet today. It was 5AM Mountain time when this was posted.

    The Broncos said they will make the statement today, and they probably will. During regular human business hours is my guess. I wouldn’t expect any word until 10 AM EST at the absolute earliest.

  9. captainwhodat says: Mar 7, 2016 8:45 AM

    ah, the show that goes on and on and on and on…

  10. mototax says: Mar 7, 2016 8:50 AM

    I suspect he’ll retire a Bronco.

  11. iamapatsfan says: Mar 7, 2016 9:12 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the released and signed as a Colt for a day. Seems pretty fitting.

  12. jjackwagon says: Mar 7, 2016 9:14 AM

    Wait. How can the Broncos put him on the “retired” list without him actually saying “I’m retired.”
    If they assign him to the retired list, then any team that wants to sign him has to make a deal with the Broncos first.
    Typical Broncos low-class play.
    Peyton needs to say “I am NOT retired.” and make the Broncos either pay him or cut him.

  13. admiral174 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:16 AM

    He can retire for a year, get his fix of HGH for a year, then come back.

  14. ckradio1079 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:25 AM

    Of course he retires a Bronco. How easily Colts fans forget how he was discarded, then mocked by Jim Irsay for “Star Wars numbers.” You think Peyton forgives that and shuns the team that rescued him? Denver welcomed him with open arms and actually built him a team where he didn’t have to do it all himself.

    Wishful thinking, Colts fans. Be content with Andrew Luck, you didn’t make out too bad.

  15. lewsblues says: Mar 7, 2016 9:27 AM

    …. unless he gets back in the saddle for the Broncos late in the season after injuries to their QB … whoever that may be …

  16. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 7, 2016 9:29 AM

    jjackwagon says:
    Mar 7, 2016 9:14 AM
    Wait. How can the Broncos put him on the “retired” list without him actually saying “I’m retired.”
    If they assign him to the retired list, then any team that wants to sign him has to make a deal with the Broncos first.
    Typical Broncos low-class play.
    Peyton needs to say “I am NOT retired.” and make the Broncos either pay him or cut him.
    =======

    I guess that would be a low-class play if, you know, the Broncos had actually done that.

  17. rollotomasi14 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:31 AM

    ckradio1079 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 9:25 AM

    Of course he retires a Bronco. How easily Colts fans forget how he was discarded, then mocked by Jim Irsay for “Star Wars numbers.” You think Peyton forgives that and shuns the team that rescued him? Denver welcomed him with open arms and actually built him a team where he didn’t have to do it all himself.
    ——————————————
    Do it all himself? Did you ever see who he had playing with him in Indy?

  18. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 7, 2016 9:34 AM

    Can’t Roger Goodell be retired or released instead?

  19. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Mar 7, 2016 9:58 AM

    Peyton Manning only played for “horse” teams; the Colts and the Broncos. He shouldn’t be released, he should be put out to pasture.

  20. justintuckrule says: Mar 7, 2016 11:00 AM

    They had to come to an agreement that he’d be released. It will be a paper shuffle so nobody looks bad. Watch.

  21. dbmay1960 says: Mar 7, 2016 11:03 AM

    rollotomasi14 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 9:31 AM
    ckradio1079 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 9:25 AM

    Of course he retires a Bronco. How easily Colts fans forget how he was discarded, then mocked by Jim Irsay for “Star Wars numbers.” You think Peyton forgives that and shuns the team that rescued him? Denver welcomed him with open arms and actually built him a team where he didn’t have to do it all himself.
    ——————————————
    Do it all himself? Did you ever see who he had playing with him in Indy?
    _______________________________

    It’s pretty easy to see the difference in the team that the Broncos built for Manning over the team the Colts built him. What did the teams do when Manning went down? Colts completely folded and went into suck for Luck mode. Broncos won 5 of 7 games to stay in the hunt for the #1 seed in the AFC.

  22. mullman76 says: Mar 7, 2016 11:03 AM

    Schottenheimer is a Delta Bravo of the highest order.

    Although, I still can’t believe the lowly bolts fired the guy after a 14-2 season only to bring in Turner.

  23. Taylor Kothe says: Mar 8, 2016 10:16 AM

    jjackwagon says:
    Mar 7, 2016 9:14 AM
    Wait. How can the Broncos put him on the “retired” list without him actually saying “I’m retired.”
    If they assign him to the retired list, then any team that wants to sign him has to make a deal with the Broncos first.
    Typical Broncos low-class play.
    Peyton needs to say “I am NOT retired.” and make the Broncos either pay him or cut him.

    —–

    Well, don’t you look like a complete idiot now? Silly troll.

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