“No, I’m expecting him to come back,” Kubiak said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “We want to play with him. This organization has won a lot of games with him and we want to get back and do it again. Expecting him to come back.”
Manning had said a few weeks ago that he didn’t want the situation to linger and expected to have an announcement some time soon.
“I don’t think there’s any hold up at all,” Kubiak said. “He and John are working through the process. That’s been the plan all along, the way I understand it.”
There has been a great deal made about Manning not being a fit in Kubiak’s offense because it requires more quarterback mobility, but Kubiak downplayed these concerns.
“As Mike (Shanahan) and I were putting systems together (in 1995) for the Broncos, one team we studied for a long period of time was the Colts when Manning was playing for them,” Kubiak said. “Our systems crossed big-time.”
Manning, 38, has another two years remaining on his five-year, $96 million contract, which includes base salaries of $19 million for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. If he’s still on the team’s roster as of the final day of the 2014 league year, his base salary becomes fully guaranteed..
Manning’s 2014 season ended with him throwing for 4,727 yards while completing 66.2 percent of his passes to go along with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 10 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players.
We’ll have more updates regarding the Broncos and Manning as the news is available.