John Fox wants Peyton Manning to return

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On Wednesday, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said he plans to return in 2015, if the team wants him.  On Thursday, the coach of the team said he wants Manning to return.

“I would say when you’re kind of in the top three quarterbacks in the league, maybe the top of all time, I’d say there’s a pretty good likelihood,” John Fox told reporters.  “He’s had a tremendous year, there is no doubt.  We’ve still got things to get done and [we are] looking forward to the opportunity.”

So have Fox and Manning talked about 2015?

“It’s cliché but in this business you pretty much stay one week at a time,” Fox said.  “So probably not a lot of conversation, but if you’re asking me moving forward, would we like that opportunity?  I’d say yes.”

Manning is completed the third year of a four-year deal with the Broncos.  His salary for 2015 is $19 million, and Manning’s cap number will be $21.5 million.

In contrast, backup Brock Osweiler, a second-round pick in 2012, will be completing his rookie deal at a base salary of $660,000.  The Broncos will have to decide whether to extend Osweiler’s deal, possibly without ever seeing him play a meaningful role in a regular-season game.  They also could trade him to another team before his contract expires.

68 responses to “John Fox wants Peyton Manning to return

  1. Which is another way of saying: “John Fox wants to win a bunch of regular season games but never win a Super Bowl.”

  2. Manning has not played well of late but if Denver gets a bye he only needs to win two games to get to the Super Bowl. I am a Patriots fan and no one wants to play Manning in the playoffs despite his playoff record.

  3. Fox and the Denver organization aren’t stupid. Manning gives them the best chance to win many games. However no running game for Peyton means no super bowl. That has been the trend for his entire career. The one year the Colts had a solid running game, they won the super bowl.

  4. It’s time to think about Peyton’s long term health. I don’t need to see any more of him to know he’s one of the greatest of all time. As a Manning fan, I would like to see him walk away (literally). Osweiler should be able to take over and be a good QB when it’s his time to play. I’m sure Fox doesn’t know what he has in Osweiler because he hasn’t played much. You can’t tell from practice. Brady and Kurt Warner were both warming the bench until the first string QB got hurt. Montana sat for two years too. Belichick, Walsh, and Vermeil are some of the greatest coaches ever, and they couldn’t see it in practice. I’m ready for the Osweiler era to begin.

  5. The problem with putting Osweiler in to give him experience, and to see what he can do, is that Peyton won’t allow it. He refuses to let them pull him out of even garbage time in meaningless games with huge leads. And Fox doesn’t have the cajones to say ‘no’ to Peyton.

  6. All this romance is quaint and sweet….

    But… it’s time for Denver to figure out who’s NEXT… THAT’S what it’s time for.

    Peyton stays for 2015 or not… that’s immediate.

    Osweiler is NOT the next Bronco starting QB, so what’s the CONTINUATION plan?… OR is Denver going to be the Florida Marlins of the NFL… and simply fall apart after Peyton decides to be done.

    The Bronco’s may already be too late.

  7. Fox will have to become the Titans coach next year if he wants to stay with manning. He will retire and buy Tenn..

  8. Anyone who thinks Manning should go has a serious lack of grip on reality. No problem with drafting and grooming someone else, if needed, but letting Manning go would be absolutely idiotic.

  9. Peyton seems to be injured. After recovery, he may well have a couple of good years left. Unfortunately, he probably won’t be able to win a playoff game this year because of the injury, even without considering his reputation for choking.

  10. tonebones says: Dec 25, 2014 7:41 PM

    It’s time to think about Peyton’s long term health. I don’t need to see any more of him to know he’s one of the greatest of all time. As a Manning fan, I would like to see him walk away (literally). Osweiler should be able to take over and be a good QB when it’s his time to play. I’m sure Fox doesn’t know what he has in Osweiler because he hasn’t played much. You can’t tell from practice. Brady and Kurt Warner were both warming the bench until the first string QB got hurt. Montana sat for two years too.
    ————–
    Not really. Montana started 7 games in his second season.

  11. Long, long time avid Bronco fan. Manning has been a great asset for Denver. Great guy, brilliant QB, but lets face it, at age 38, he is done! His arm is shot! Cant you see?

    Osweiler isnt the answer. Best QB for Denver is Number 7. Come on John, gidde up!

  12. Osweiler was a 2nd-round pick in 2012, not 2015. But on a serious note, I’m wondering if Peyton’s neck is bothering him again. I think his neck was to blame for Indy’s forgettable 2010 season where we went 10-6 and lost 1st round to the Jets. Peyton played every snap that year. Broncos should be at least a little worried.

  13. dfwhawkguy says:

    Which is another way of saying: “John Fox wants to win a bunch of regular season games but never win a Super Bowl.”
    =========================================

    For a minute there I thought you were going to name another available QB who would be an upgrade. Guess not.

  14. Worst arm in the league right now, not even debatable. The guy is a legend and his precision is still amazing, but wow that arm strength in the last 4 weeks is horrific.

  15. tigerlilac says:
    Dec 25, 2014 7:35 PM
    Manning has not played well of late but if Denver gets a bye he only needs to win two games to get to the Super Bowl. I am a Patriots fan and no one wants to play Manning in the playoffs despite his playoff record.
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    I’m a Pats fan too and want to face Manning and Denver. Roethlisberger, Brown, and Bell are actually a tougher offense to face than Manning and Denver.

    However, if Manning truly wants to go down as The Greatest of All Time, then it’s there for him. He has to go into Foxboro in January and beat this Patriots team. It’s not going to happen.

  16. He is one of the all-time greats and I hope he comes back strong as I’ve enjoyed watching him compete over the years.
    The day is coming soon when he and Brady will be gone so I look forward to their remaining battles.

    Signed,
    Patriots fan

  17. I wish the pats could play steelers, denver and Seattle this year.

    If the pats could beat all three they would be considered the greatest team of all time.

    Would love to see manning stay in football 5 more years.

    Only a super bowl beats a manning Brady match up.

  18. Peyton is nothing compared to Teddy Bridgewater. Everyone knows the greatness at QB in Minnesota.

    Even the president of Canada agrees with me on this. Go ahead, look it up, you’ll see. Viking fans are the most smartest of any fans.

    All of you haters should know that denial is not just a river in Europe.

  19. pftpoettwo says:
    Dec 25, 2014 9:44 PM
    Peyton is nothing compared to Teddy Bridgewater. Everyone knows the greatness at QB in Minnesota.

    I thought this was sarcasm but then this:

    “Even the president of Canada agrees with me on this. Go ahead, look it up, you’ll see. Viking fans are the most smartest of any fans.”

    Well, that gave me a little perspective and a good laugh.

  20. The more interesting story is what the Broncos think about the 2nd year QB and is he worth bring back. Manning will not want to embarrass himself. If he doesn’t feel he is playing up to par after the playoffs he will retire.

  21. Manning is among the all time greats

    But if he’d gone up against a QB other than one named Rex Grossman in the Super Bowl he’d still not have a ring

  22. For several weeks Denver has played crappy – even getting booed in their own stadium. I just don’t see them going far in the playoffs, and won’t be surprised if 2015-16 is Peyton’s last season – and probably Fox’s last one in Denver too.

  23. He’s worth 165 million dollars at least.. Do you think he actually cares what pft commenters have to say, when none of you will make a fraction of that. Get a grip Ya.. I’m no manning fan, but the 16 year old jealous girl comments are funny.. Don’t we all work to make as much money as possible? Clowns

  24. Noodle arm is beginning to show. We shall see when the playoffs come around. Manning is struggling and that is not a good way to start the playoffs.

  25. When you blow your load bringing in expensive ringers to win a Super Bowl, you forfeit your future for years to come. When Manning leaves, Broncos will probably tank for a few years.

  26. Already talking like it’s over for Denver. Because it is. It ended last February, despite Elway’s attempt to buy a championship w/free agents. It never works.

  27. tonebones says:
    Dec 25, 2014 7:41 PM
    Belichick, Walsh, and Vermeil are some of the greatest coaches ever, and they couldn’t see it in practice.
    ———
    Uhm. How does a coach who’s famous for only keeping two qb’s yearly load up with 4 for a season, and how does that runt of a 4th stringer run on the field like the back up when bledsoe goes down?

    Yup, BB saw nothing, just flipped a coin and put in the 4th string noob, you’ve got it figured out.

  28. And now, the end is near
    And so I face the final curtain
    My friend, I’ll say it clear
    I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
    I’ve lived a life that’s full
    I’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway
    And more, much more than this
    I did it my way

  29. Manning has always been terrible when he faces a good team.. ppl act like he’s in a dunk or just had a bad game, or just chokes in the playoffs.. truth is he has a losing record when facing teams with a winning record.. But then he throws 100 TDs against Oakland and Jacksonville and he’s the best ever again. SMH.

  30. Manning turns something like 58 years old in February. So even if he comes back, it’s time for Denver to stop smoking weed and think about the future. They picked Tebow before pot was legal. No telling who they will go after now.

  31. misterdreamer119 says: Dec 25, 2014 7:55 PM

    Noodle arm Peyton

    Man, if you said Megahead or something. ..

  32. I keep hear everybody saying peyton should go, he sucks, his past month performances poor. Answer this, is there really another QB out there right now that could give the Broncos the best chance to win. Cutler, no, Vick, no, some rookie, no. If manning did hang it up after this season, brock would be our best option being that he’s be under mannings wings the past 3 seasons. The fact is even with the so called noodle arm I keep hearing, there is no other available QB that would do better than manning and the Broncos would be the dumbest team in America to cut him. I would take peyton manning over 28 QBs starting now.

  33. For the question even to come up regarding Peyton and 2015 is a precursor to stating the obvious.

  34. Can you be more specific about the rules that were changed for manning? I do remember the tuck rule bei g called for the first time in Bradys favor. I do remember after Brady got hurt the nfl made a new rule about hitting qbs low so can you be more specific about rules changing for who? And the reason manni g has good wrs is because great qbs make average wrs good. Average qbs make average wrs look average like Brady. Take away Gronk and see how good Brady is. Matter of fact check Bradys stats with Gronk and without Gronk since drafting him. Above Average at best.

  35. He signed with the wrong team. If he had signed with the 49ers, he could have gotten the Niners and himself a Super Bowl ring in 2012 and possibly 2o13.

  36. @jchipwood so you call Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison average receivers you are a moron. Peyton has first round receivers to throw to

  37. @jchipwood Peyton and his little buddy GM complained to the league and got the rules changed for illegal contact and defensive holding because he was getting spanked by the patriots while with the colts. Tom Brady three rings to Peyton’s one. Tom Brady greater then Peyton

  38. First off …. Peyton changed the game . Peyton is like having a smart head coach on the field . And to add to it he is ONE of the best pocket passers ever to play . He has redefined what playing QB is . Montana was great . But he had Bill Walsh . Brady is good but bellichek could and has accomplished what he has with many others at the helm . Peyton is a weapon in the game even if he is on the sidelines . The coaches he has played under are mediocre at best . Put Peyton with a Walsh , Landry , Jimmy Johnson , And you have more rings than you can wear . Broncos dumbest move was either Hiring Fox , (they should have hired Jon Gruden ) or letting Tebow go ( could you imagine Tebow after learning from Peyton for 4 years ?)

  39. People keep talking rings , rings rings , There are many out there that argue Marino to be the greatest and he has no rings . Face it , it takes a team to win championships . Not one man ! it takes an offense a defense coaches training staffs owners . Look at the 49ers … they thought they had it all and still lost . The jets a few years ago had the dream team , nothing . So many teams have had that One superstar … and cant make it . Others have dream teams , and get surprised by a bunch of nobodys like the seahawks last year … and the patriots so many years . On paper the hawks had no chance , but they came with a better game plan and executed . Any other day it may not have worked but it worked one day in one game and they got the ring and thats all that matters . Peyton in college had an incredible team , the year after he leaves ???? A nobody Tee Martin leads them to a national championship . So in Knoxville TN you got some people that actually think he was a better QB .

  40. I wouldn’t bring manning back. Broncos should just let him go, and Brock too, They both suck! I don’t care if manning is the greatest QB to ever play the game. I’m a bronco fan and I want to see my team win. If he can’t get the job done, look for a QB that could. This players come and go, but my Denver Broncos stay forever!

  41. As a die hard bronco fan basically all my life even when I was a big fan of Fran Tarkenton and the purple people eaters as a young buck. Why is it that everytime there’s an article that has anything to do with PFM there’s at least twenty or more patsy fans making disrespectful comments about PFM every single time? Mega head and noodle arm I mean come on is that really necessary? I’m so proud to be a part of Bronco country cause we have the classiest fan base right up there with the steelers and packers. We don’t go on other teams articles and chat sites talking trash about BB and Brady instead we give them there props and respect as great competition for us in the regular and post season. Trust me when I say the bronco fan base was extremely happy when the legend and true rocket arm John Elway pulled off what most executives couldn’t do and snag the greatest free agent of all time PFM by dressing him up in orange and blue!! As true bronco fans still acknowledge to this very day the “Duke” never lost to the bengals or patriots his whole career as a HOF qb for the broncos. The only qb in the NFL that was a thorn in the broncos organization side was the sheriff in Indy he has destroyed my broncos a few times and with that being said Tom Brady and BB not so much. Matter of fact Coach Shanahan owned BB and the Patsy’s. The only post season loss we have against the Patsy’s is with our beloved Tim Tebow at qb. I’m just wondering why all this hate toward PFM but bronco nation never bad mouths Tom Brady could it be that there just permanently butt hurt cause of there record against a Manning that really counts and that’s those 2 Super Bowl loses vs Eli?? This must be the reason that fan base gets so excited when they hear the name Manning because when you truly take a look it’s that very name as the sole reason why the haven’t WON a Super Bowl since 2004!!! How stressful that must be to constantly abuse the older brother but never mention the real damage done by the younger brother it’s like a permanent scar it will never go away so so sad!!

  42. Hmmmm congratulations to the Boise St. Broncos who just won the fiesta bowl in Glendale, Arizona!!! Is this a coincidence the Broncos winning the Super Bowl in Arizona in feburary next??? Hmmmmm

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