Last night, an alert came across on TeamStream saying that Peyton Manning has decided to call it quits on his legendary NFL career. Later, reports from ESPN's Around-the-Horn vet, Woody Paige, also reported that Manning was indeed retiring and was expected to make his retirement official later this week.
However, the Broncos squashed those reports by saying Peyton was still undecided. But honestly, why should Denver care? He underachieved all year, playoffs included. They should be focused on offering FA QB Brock Osweiler a contract because he played solid in the time Peyton Manning missed last year with a torn plantar fascia. Osweiler would make the near future of the Broncos' franchise better than Manning could.
If Manning retires, Osweiler will likely be pursued heavily by the Broncos to assure that they don't have to focus on the QB position in the draft as opposed to maybe a tight end or an offensive lineman, because they weren't that impressive in the playoffs either.
If Manning sticks around another year, which is unlikely, the Broncos should be smart and let him go elsewhere, presumably the Texans, because Osweiler will give you better numbers than Manning.
But with all these reports, we still haven't heard anything from the future Hall of Fame quarterback who's been incognito since the sexual assault case has come back from the dead over the past few weeks.
As we hear more info, we shall update you on the scenario.
Assuming Manning does hang it up, what an illustrious career he had. 2 Super Bowls, all-time leader in yards and TDs, as well as numerous other regular season passing records. What a career and a certain first-ballot Hall of Fame induction for Peyton when the time comes.