PFT- Despite what they’ve said publicly, the Denver Broncos need to know sooner than later whether quarterback Peyton Manning will be retiring. If he’s on the roster as of March 9 under the terms of his current contract, the Broncos will owe Manning $19 million fully guaranteed for 2016.
So the question is whether the Broncos would keep Manning at a reduced rate, if he decides to return for another season. One league source familiar with the organization’s thinking believes that the Broncos don’t want Manning back at any price.
And so it all comes back to the original question. Why hasn’t Peyton Manning told the Broncos what he plans to do? If, as Archie Manning said immediately after Super Bowl 50, Peyton is “done in Denver,” why not make it a formality with Denver so that everyone can move on? If he wants an outright release so that he can consider playing for the Rams or anyone else, the Broncos would surely give it to him.
Can I ask a few questions? In what world was it a smart decision for Peyton Manning to put off retirement? I find it very odd that I have to play publicist for a two time Super Bowl winning quarterback. How can I be more knowledgable about the situation at hand then the family that successfully make a sexual assault charge and an HGH allegation go away? I understand that Peyton still has the desire to play football, but he simply doesn't have the ability play football anymore. He's a walking corpse out there. He wasn't even the best player at his position on his own roster last year, yet he still -against every single fucking odd- was the starting quarterback of a Super Bowl Champion. If that's not a sign that it's time to hang 'em up then I don't know what is. Jesus Christ opened the heavens and blessed Peyton Manning with a dream scenario. An ability to go out on top. An opportunity that so few athletes have been gifted with since the beginning of organized sport. I don't care how much he loves football, the fact that he is still technically an active NFL quarterback is basically a slap in the face to God himself.
Is Peyton Manning a self loathing masochist? How does he not understand that everything that happens from here on out is not only bad for him, but bad for his reputation. Whether it be an investigative piece about the time he teabagged his trainer in college, or a closer look into his potential HGH use, or something as simple as the Broncos saying they wouldn't pay one red cent to keep him on the roster. All these negative stories aren't nearly as relevant if Peyton Manning was currently a former athlete. Every day that he isn't retired is a day that he is welcoming more bad news. We were able to look past his pitiful performance and appreciate the culmination of a great career on Super Bowl Sunday. Don't ruin that for us Peyton. Don't ruin it for yourself. Don't try to write more chapters once you've already found that storybook ending. They will only leave you -and the rest of the people that want to admire what you have accomplished- extremely disappointed. Ride off into that sunset now Sheriff and don't let the swinging saloon doors hit you in the ass on the way out. Let that screen fade to black before your image gets tarnished anymore than it needs to be.