The Denver Broncos announced Thursday that Peyton Manning will be their starting quarterback for the divisional round of the playoffs.
Broncos HC Gary Kubiak told the team during their Thursday morning meeting that Manning would be their starter. According to the team’s website, Kubiak met with Manning and Brock Osweiler prior to announcing the decision to the team.
Last weekend, the Broncos turned to Manning to spark their offense after they were losing 13-7 in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
The interesting part of this move is that Osweiler will be a free agent after the year, and they’ll need to decide whether or not he’s worthy of committing a multi-year agreement to.
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 has 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.