Peyton Manning May Not Be Brought Back by Denver Broncos
By Chase Ruttig
Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field after the NFL divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Peyton Manning is likely to return for another and perhaps final season, but his future with his current team in the Denver Broncos is almost as complicated as the factors in Manning making his return himself. Health issues for the greatest statistical quarterback of all-time weighing in both the Broncos and Manning’s decision on the future.
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Manning is planning on making a return to the field for 2015, but with his issues relating to nearly two decades in the NFL when it comes to his health, there are some concerns from the Broncos when it comes to guaranteeing his salary even if John Elway and the front office have no backup plan in place should they want to contend in 2015.
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole indicated that Manning will have to pass a physical for his contract to become guaranteed, one that could be easily be failed by the Broncos due to his four neck surgeries along with the wear and tear that being a quarterback in the NFL for as long as the legendary quarterback has been standing in the pocket.
“Peyton is going to have to take a physical before the end of this [league] year in order for his salary in 2015 to guarantee,” said Cole who added that the Broncos could find a way to fail Manning for a variety of factors when it comes to his injury history. “At this point in his career, the Broncos could fail Peyton Manning for any reason, including the four neck surgeries that he’s already had.”
It should be said that the Broncos will likely pass Manning’s physical and pay him for a final 2015 season unless they can come up with a solid backup plan that does not involve backup Brock Osweiler, who after all has only thrown 30 passes during his short career in the NFL. Even if Osweiler has grooming from Manning, the careers of Curtis Painter and other Manning backups should indicate that the Broncos cannot replace their starter from within.
Because of that it should be expected that the Broncos fully guarantee Manning eventually, passing him on his physical regardless to take one last shot at a Super Bowl with the quarterback who is trying to defy time to end his career on top. No quarterback since John Elway has won the Super Bowl at Manning’s age, but the Broncos will likely have to go with the option they have even if the injury history could warrant them not guaranteeing his contract.
With no other plan in place, the Broncos are stuck with Manning which many NFL teams would gladly take even if Manning is winding down with each passing week he puts himself in the pocket. Fading during the second half of the 2014 season, there is concern if Manning’s body is capable of leading a team to a Super Bowl. The Broncos are likely going to find out if that is the case in what could be a last hurrah for the quarterback.