After losing in his first playoff game since Superbowl XLVIII, Broncos QB Peyton Manning has some soul-searching to do as far as his future.
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Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning reportedly remains unsure if he intends to return to the NFL, let alone the Denver Broncos, in 2015.
Manning must take part in a physical in March, which if the Broncos allow him to pass, would lock in his $19 million contract for the 2015 season – regardless of whether he plays or not. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Manning “could go either way at the moment.”
Some analysts and reporters, including Mike Klis of The Denver Post, feel like Manning’s return is a foregone conclusion, but Rapoport noted that Denver’s recent personnel changes could be “a series of chess moves to clear the deck.”
Rapoport says that Broncos GM and Vice President John Elway was “concerned about the team’s toughness after a loss to St. Louis earlier in the season and wondered if his team had gotten as good as they possibly could with the current staff and roster.”
Manning led the Broncos to three straight playoff appearances in his first three seasons with the team after being released by the Indianapolis Colts following the 2011 season. While his regular season record in those years has been a phenomenal 38-10, his postseason record has been a mere 2-3, with two one-and-dones.