It looks like Broncos QB Peyton Manning wants to return, but what exactly will he be returning to?
Latest reports indicate that Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning intends to return to the team in 2015 pending a physical.
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According to Woody Paige of the Denver Post, several unnamed sources confirmed for him that Manning intends to return to the Broncos for a fourth NFL season as long as he passes the team’s physical. Manning’s NFL future has been a subject of intense debate since the team’s 24-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff round – Manning had one of the worst games of his career in that game. Following the game, the Broncos mutually parted ways with head coach John Fox and team GM John Elway was uncertain about Manning’s future with the team.
It will certainly be an important physical not just for Manning but for the Broncos organization. Should Manning pass the physical and be on the roster by March 9th, the Broncos will owe him a fully-guaranteed $19 million salary. Coming off several leg injuries suffered this season, Manning is also less than four years removed from multiple neck surgeries.
Several days after the team fired John Fox, they hired Gary Kubiak to be his replacement. Kubiak is a re-tread coach who led the Houston Texans from 2006 to 2013, compiling a 61-64 record. In 2014, as offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, Kubiak led the team to a franchise record in points scored and a return to the playoffs.
In 2014, Manning became the NFL’s all-time leader in TD passes, breaking the record of 508 previously held by Brett Favre. He has led the Broncos to three straight AFC West division titles as QB and has gone 38-10 in the regular season.