Peyton Manning looks set to rejoin his Denver Broncos team-mates for pre-season after it was revealed that the quarterback is discussing the potential of revising his contract with the franchise. Manning is due a $19 million salary in 2015 and 2016. This is a slight decline in the $20 million he pocketed for his efforts in 2013 and 2014. But that deal could change as the 38-year-old looks to extend his 17-season career and end all the talk linking the veteran with retirement.
Manning is believed to have been flirting with the idea of hanging up his pads at the end of last season’s playoff defeat to Indianapolis. On the back of another gruelling season in which the quarterback at times looked every bit a 38-year-old, Manning had hinted that he was unsure as to how much longer he could go on. But speaking at the NFL scouting combine, both Broncos general manager John Elway and head coach Gary Kubiak indicated they expected their quarterback to be joining the rest of the Denver squad for preseason training.
It became obvious Manning was going to continue when the Broncos declined the offer to formally interview any of the draft-eligible quarterbacks at the combine. This all but confirmed that Denver will again go with the five-time league MVP, with Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert providing the veteran with back-up. After discussing his future with the Broncos management, Manning is now set to discuss a possible revising of his contract in a similar way to that which saw Tom Brady and the New England Patriots agree a new deal following their Super Bowl success at the start of the year.
On the back of an incredible 2013 season in which he made it to his third Super Bowl, last season was something of a letdown for Manning. While there were still glimpses of the talent and influence that have made Manning one of the modern game’s most successful quarterbacks, there was no denying he was beginning to look his age. Manning started all 16 regular season games for the 16th year of his career, despite tearing his quad late in the season, and the post-season showed the effects of another tough and demanding campaign on the veteran’s body.
The race for the next season’s Super Bowl might not be a race as crazy as this but it still promises to be a fierce battle. The news that Manning is set to stay has had an impact and the Broncos at the time of writing are in contention in the odds with betfair and other bookmakers. So, Broncos fans may know their starting quarterback will be back to lead the team this year. This really could be the last season we see 14-time Pro Bowler do his thing.