The Denver Post may have to re-re-revise its report regarding Peyton Manning’s retirement announcement.
With the Post changing but then doubling down on the report that Manning will announce his retirement this week, removing and then re-inserting an assertion from Woody Paige that two unnamed sources have said the announcement is indeed coming, James Palmer of NFL Media reports that Manning’s decision should not be expected this week.
Palmer also says that Manning will meet with both G.M. John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak later this week.
As it relates to Manning’s future with the Broncos, there’s really not much to discuss. They surely don’t want him back at $19 million, and there’s a chance they don’t want him back under any salary, preferring instead to hand the offense to Brock Osweiler. But Denver is committed to showing extreme respect and deference to a guy who rescued the franchise four years ago from Tim Tebow and ultimately delivered two Super Bowl appearances and the team’s third Lombardi Trophy, albeit without doing all that much to earn it in 2015.
The Broncos need to clear Manning off the roster by the close of business on Tuesday, March 8, in order to avoid his $19 million salary becoming fully guaranteed. Manning’s slow pace of resolving his position on whether he’ll play could mean that Manning will request a release in lieu of retiring, so that he can consider other options elsewhere, now or later in the offseason.
If other teams are interested, they’re keeping their cards close to the vest. Four weeks ago, a report emerged that the Rams could be interested in Manning. Since then, there has been no report or speculation of any other team wanting to add Manning for what would be both a debut season and, most likely, a farewell tour.