Broncos QB Peyton Manning reiterated that he has no plans to retire before the end of his current contract.
“Sometimes I sort of kick back and I pause and I think what sorts of things would I miss the most if I wasn’t playing,” Manning said, via the Associated Press.
“Being in the huddle,” Manning responded. “That’s what I missed most when I was injured, I’ll say that. I mean, there’s no other type of unity or bond that I think any other job can provide. I know there are meetings, there are video conferences. But that huddle, because of where it takes place: it’s often on the road, in the middle of the field, in front of 80,000 people, it’s unique.”
Manning, 38, is under contract through the 2016 season and will make $15 million this year and another $19 million in 2015 and 2016.
HC John Fox believes Manning takes pride in dealing with the new additions to the team’s roster, which has impacted his overall interest in the game.
“There’s so much change in the NFL nowadays that I think that keeps the juices flowing, whether that’s getting Emmanuel Sanders up to speed or last year, Wes Welker. Anytime you put a new cog in there, that’s an adjustment,” HC John Fox said. “I think he takes pride in that and he attacks that. He seems to me to be having a great time.”
Last year, Manning set numerous career-high marks, which is really something given just how productive he has been over the course of his 14 years in the NFL. He completed 68.3 percent of his passes for an NFL-record 5477 yards. Manning also shattered the touchdown record in 2013 when he posted 55 touchdowns to go long with just 10 interceptions.