“I’ll keep doing it for a few more weeks, and then, at the appropriate time, I think I’ll make a decision,” Manning said. “I have to tell you, though, I’m very much at peace with it.”
Manning’s father, Archie, told Jeff Darlington that he thinks Peyton’s days in Denver are over, and added that Peyton likely knows if he’ll retire, but hasn’t discussed this with him.
Archie said Peyton “would have to go to another team” and sounded very pessimistic he would be willing to do so at his age, per Ian O’Connor.
It’s unlikely that the Broncos will rush Manning to make a decision, given that Broncos President John Elway said they give Manning “whatever time he needs.”
“He’s got plenty of time,” Elway said, per Tom Pelissero. “Whatever time he needs.”
All indications have been for some time now that this is likely it for Manning.
There has been a good of speculation, however, about Manning’s future after this season, which reportedly includes the possibility of taking a front office role with a team or possibly joining an ownership group.
Manning, 39, is in the fourth year of his five-year, $96 million contract that includes $18 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $15 million this season to go along with another $19 million in 2016.
In 2015, Manning appeared in 10 games and thrown for 2,249 yards while completing 59.8 percent of his passes to go along with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 29 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Manning’s future as the news is available.