While Peyton Manning may have been coy about his NFL future, his father certainly was not.
After winning his third Lombardi Trophy, 39 year old Peyton Manning answered plenty of questions from reporters about the possibility of retirement. “I’m not going to make a quick decision,” Manning said. “I got some good advice this week. Don’t make an emotional decision. I want to kiss my wife and drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.”
However, Archie Manning, Peyton’s father and the patriarch of football’s first family, had some of the most honest comments about his son’s future uttered all night. “I think Peyton is done in Denver,” Archie said. “He may be done everywhere.”
Archie’s comments should come as no surprise to Broncos fans. With Manning’s declined performance, and the play of 25-year old backup Brock Osweiler this season, almost everyone who follows the Broncos would agree with the five-time NFL MVP’s father.
It is almost a certainty that Broncos GM John Elway will move on from Manning, who finished the regular season with 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. The question now is whether another team will want to take a chance on the now two-time World Champion and future Hall of Famer.
According to sources, it’s unlikely that a team would be willing to pay the type of money Manning would want to play for. Therefore, unless Manning would be willing to play for another team for a significantly reduced salary, it’s unlikely he plays in the NFL next season.
If Super Bowl 50 is indeed the last time the sheriff takes the field, it would be one heck of a way to hang up his lasso.
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