Report: Peyton Manning Announcing Return This Week?


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning doesn’t want to steal the spotlight from the Super Bowl, but he also doesn’t want his decision of whether or not to return to linger on. You got the feeling that Manning had sort of made up his mind when he was accepting the Bart Starr Award during Super Bowl week, and to be honest, I felt more pessimistic lately than I have in awhile about Manning’s return. But that doesn’t mean that the 17-year veteran of the NFL has decided to hang up the cleats for good.

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According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Manning could announce this week that he is indeed returning for an 18th NFL season, and one more shot at a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos.

“Manning could decide as early as the coming week that he is indeed returning for an 18th season, according to sources.

Manning has been fairly persuaded that all will work well between him and new head coach Gary Kubiak, who is ready and willing to fit his scheme to play to the quarterback’s strengths.

Even though Manning attended the 50th Gatorade party late Friday night with several athletic icons, including New York Yankees great Derek Jeter, Manning will not announce he will be having a farewell season in 2015. That’s not his style and he does not want to lock himself into a final year, yet.”

Manning has a physical later this month, and then five days after the start of the new league year in March to determine whether or not he is physically able to return for another season, but this is at least a positive sign that Manning will be coming back.

The physical Manning is required to take is for his surgically repaired neck, not his thigh which caused him to play poorly at the end of the season. There have been no indications that Manning’s neck is not in good health, so we expect him to pass that physical with relative ease.