Peyton Manning Ready to Call it Quits
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Peyton Manning has a big decision for whether or not he will play next season. He has been keeping very quite about his future, but according to Woody Paige of the Denver Post, “Manning will acknowledge his decision by the end of this week.”
During an appearance during Super Bowl Live early February, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said, “I also know he has told close friends that he expects this to be his last game as well.”
John Elway was the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl and now that stat belongs to Manning who just won Super Bowl 50 at age 39. Peyton turns 40 in March and is looking to say goodbye to 19 years in the NFL and his Broncos organization, but his career is far from over. Since we are already speculating, we could say Manning’s next stop could be an NFL TV analyst. In his February 13 article, Bob Raissman from the New York Daily News said, “It’s reasonable to suggest if Manning decides to go into TV he’s not entering as some schlub, an interchangeable part of a pregame show ensemble. The only way a network suit gets a bang for the bucks Manning will command is to make him a featured game analyst on a No. 1 team. Manning would likely become a third man in the booth, unless some executive wants to totally stir the pot and demote the current No. 1 analyst in favor of Manning.”
Manning is currently the NFL career passing yards leader with 71,490, putting him over Brett Favre (71,838) and Dan Marino (61,361). Manning is also the NFL’s top career passing touchdown leader with a total of 539, once again putting him over Brett Favre (508), Tom Brady (428) and Drew Brees (428). Manning also has a 96.5 passer rating and only two losing seasons in his career. Peyton Manning is also the only NFL quarterback to take 2 different teams to the Super Bowl multiple times with the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos.
Peyton has not made a decision on his future. Plan remains for him to continue talks with the team this week. https://t.co/2YcjDCCQSg
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) February 28, 2016
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) February 28, 2016
I'm told Peyton Manning hasn't informed the #Broncos of his decision to retire.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) February 28, 2016