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Peyton Manning | Quarterback | #18

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/24/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (1) / IND
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Broncos GM John Elway said there is "no deadline" for Peyton Manning to make his retirement decision.
Manning said Monday he plans to take "a few" weeks to make his decision. He will likely decide to retire, but if not he will put Elway in a tough spot. Manning is set to count $21.5 million against the cap, and his recent play does not justify that kind of hit. With his $19 million base salary set to guarantee on March 9, the Broncos need Manning to make his decision in the next month. Feb 9 - 11:55 AM

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On the TODAY Show, Peyton Manning said he will not make his decision on retirement for "a few more weeks."

"I'll keep doing it for a few more weeks, and then, at the appropriate time, I think I'll make a decision," Manning said. "I have to tell you, though, I'm very much at peace with it." Manning has cited former coach Tony Dungy's advice not to make an emotional decision as his reason for delaying the announcement. With the script perfectly written, it would be surprising if Manning did not retire.
Source: TODAY Show
Feb 8 - 9:33 AM

Peyton Manning completed 13-of-23 passes for 141 yards and an interception in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Panthers, 24-10.

A six-point pre-game underdog and the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history, Peyton came out firing with passes on each of the Broncos' first five plays. Although Manning eventually settled into ball-control mode, the game script played directly into Denver's hands as the Broncos' defense strip-sacked Cam Newton for a first-quarter touchdown and Jordan Norwood returned a punt 61 yards. Teams that score defensive TDs in a Super Bowl are now 16-2 all time. Manning threw a second-quarter pick to Panthers DE Kony Ealy on a well-designed zone drop by DC Sean McDermott, but Carolina's offense couldn't capitalize versus Denver's shutdown defense. Although Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and Denver's defense and special teams were more responsible for this win, Peyton can now ride into the sunset with two Super Bowl rings.
Feb 7 - 10:23 PM

Charlie Sly, the main source of the Al Jazeera documentary which alleges Peyton Manning used HGH, does not believe the investigators the Manning camp sent to his parents' house were intended to intimidate him into cooperation.

The Washington Post reported Manning's lawyers sent investigators to the house prior to the documentary airing. The men allegedly worried Sly's sister enough for her to call police, but Sly had nothing but good things to say about the investigators. "Those guys were great guys," Sly said. "Like, very good guys. Very professional." The NFL is investigating the allegations against Manning and the other NFL players implicated in the documentary. Sly recanted his allegations before the documentary aired.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 1:08 PM

Archie and Eli Manning think switching teams could be a deal breaker for Peyton Manning.

"He had some offers last year from teams, some teams talked to him," said Archie. "But I think that was going to be a lot of drama, again, to change teams, that he didn't want to go through. He did do that once, so I don't know that he would want to do that." Eli agreed that playing for a different team would be "tough" for Peyton. All signs are pointing to Sunday being Peyton's last game. Even if the Broncos are interested in keeping him, which seems unlikely, it's doubtful Manning would put himself through another year of wear and tear after missing six games to injury this season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 4:39 PM

The Washington Post reports Peyton Manning hired private investigators to question the main source of Al Jazeera's documentary on performance-enhancing drug use.

The men apparently made a bit of a scene at Charlie Sly's parents' house. Manning's camp hasn't denied it. "Our thinking was it would be very helpful to find whoever it was who was making up lies about Peyton, and figure out why someone would fabricate information like this," spokesman Ari Fleischer said. Sly recanted his claims before the documentary even aired. He was clearly feeling some pressure from Manning's end.
Feb 4 - 11:59 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Rams "have had internal discussions" about signing Peyton Manning and are "monitoring the situation."

The Rams are desperate for quarterback help, and nothing screams making a splash in their return to L.A. like signing Manning, even if he is merely a shell of his former self. And that may be generous. Manning turns 40 next month, and he and coach Jeff Fisher have a history dating back to AFC South battles between Fisher's Titans and Manning's Colts. The Broncos hold a $19 million option on Manning for 2016, but most expect them to move on after Manning battled injury and interceptions this season, leading to a 67.9 QB rating. Nick Foles (69.0) and Case Keenum (87.7) were actually better in that category. Signing Manning would be a PR thing at this point in his career.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 10:48 AM

Peyton Manning insists he's unsure if Super Bowl 50 will be his final game.

"I don't know the answer to that," Manning told the assembled media when asked if Sunday would be his final time on an NFL field. Manning has reportedly "told close friends" he plans to hang it up following his title tilt with the Panthers. The worst quarterback in the league by many measures this season, it's probably the right decision for a player who will turn 40 next month.
Feb 2 - 5:22 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Peyton Manning has "told close friends" that he'll retire following Super Bowl 50.

Conventional wisdom says this is it for Manning. He'll be 40 next month and experienced a sharp decline at the end of last season that carried over into 2015. Manning's arm is simply shot after 10,384 passing attempts across 18 seasons in the league. If the Broncos win Sunday, it's a virtual lock Manning will call it a career. Either way, Sunday is likely his final game.
Feb 1 - 6:53 PM

Panthers LBs Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly said they are not underestimating Peyton Manning.

"He’s still very much Peyton Manning. I don’t care what anyone says: He’s still the guy," Kuechly said. "He’s going to go down as if not the greatest, one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play this game and you don’t just lose that overnight," Davis said. The Panthers are saying the right things, but Manning is clearly a shell of his former self. That shell has been far less turnover prone since regaining the starting job, however. He will need another clean game against the most opportunistic defense in the league to win another Lombardi Trophy.
Source: USA Today
Feb 1 - 9:28 AM

The NFL has requested an interview with Peyton Manning over Al Jazeera's allegations that he had HGH shipped to his wife.

However, the interview won't occur until after the Super Bowl, "if at all." Major League Baseball has launched a joint investigation with the United States Anti-Doping Agency into Al Jazeera's allegations, but the NFL has chosen to go it alone. Compared to baseball and the Olympics, the NFL is still relatively soft on performance-enhancing drugs. The reporting body, "Al Jazeera America," closed down earlier this month.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 26 - 6:44 PM

Peyton Manning told Bill Belichick this season "might be my last rodeo" on the field after the AFC Championship Game.

Manning and Belichick did not discuss what was said after the game, but NFL Network audio picked up Manning's side of the conversation. "Hey, listen, this might be my last rodeo," Manning said. "So, it sure has been a pleasure." Manning has already admitted he is considering retirement, and it is very likely the Super Bowl will be his final game regardless of the result.
Jan 26 - 10:57 AM

Peyton Manning completed 17-of-32 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 20-18, AFC Championship Game victory over the Patriots.

Manning came out of the gates hot, throwing each of his touchdowns in the game's first 17 minutes, but ground to a halt as the game turned into a slugfest of the highest order. Manning's arm is shot, but he's (mostly) avoided turnovers since replacing Brock Osweiler, and is managing the game just enough to give his defense a chance. Denver will have to execute a similar formula to win Super Bowl 50, which will likely be Manning's final game.
Jan 24 - 6:38 PM

Peyton Manning will earn a $2 million bonus if the Broncos advance to the Super Bowl.

He'll get another $2 million if Denver takes down the NFC Champ in Santa Clara. Manning took a $4 million pay cut this offseason and this is how he can earn it back. Even without the money, there's plenty to play for on Sunday. Manning is hoping to reach his fourth Super Bowl and his second with Denver. Peyton's only ring came with Indianapolis in 2006. It's going to take a monster effort to beat the Patriots, who are finally healthy after limping through the second half of the season.
Jan 24 - 8:11 AM

Peyton Manning (foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots.

Manning is ready for another showdown with Tom Brady. It's possible that Sunday will be the last game of Manning's career. Given Manning's physical limitations, we're guessing the Broncos will keep it conservative Sunday by running the ball and using short passes.
Jan 22 - 3:52 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Trevor Siemian
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
3Kapri Bibbs
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Bennie Fowler
4Jordan Taylor
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3Cody Latimer
4DeVier Posey
WR31Jordan Norwood
TE1Owen Daniels
2Virgil Green
3Jeff Heuerman
4Nick Kasa
LT1Ryan Clady
LG1Max Garcia
C1Matt Paradis
2Sam Brenner
RG1Louis Vasquez
RT1Ty Sambrailo
2Michael Schofield
K1Brandon McManus