Posted January 12, 2014

Peyton Manning reportedly may consider retirement after offseason exam on neck

AFC West, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning joined the Broncos prior to the 2012 season.

Peyton Manning joined the Broncos prior to the 2012 season. (Robert Beck/SI)

Could this postseason mark the last hurrah for Peyton Manning? It’s possible, pending the results of an offseason exam on his surgically repaired neck, ESPN.com reported.

According to Chris Mortensen, Manning is expected to return in 2014 if everything checks out. However, should that upcoming exam reveal that Manning in at risk for additional injury, the Broncos’ quarterback will “be forced to decide whether to retire.” The decision will not be based at all on Denver’s playoff results, per Mortensen.

The 37-year-old Manning raised speculation about his future this past week when he said, “The light is at the end of the tunnel for me, no question.” The four-time league MVP made the comment leading up to Denver’s AFC divisional playoff game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Manning sat out the 2011 season, his last with the Colts, due to a neck injury. Those 16 games were the only ones Manning has missed in his NFL career, counting two full seasons of action since joining the Broncos prior to the 2012 campaign.

The future Hall of Famer rewrote the record books in 2013, breaking Drew Brees’ single-season passing yardage mark and Tom Brady’s single-season touchdowns record. The Broncos also set a new standard for points in a season with 606.

Manning’s contract runs through the 2016 season, though his guaranteed money runs out after next year. The Broncos do not have a sure-fire contingency plan in place should Manning opt for retirement — his backup, second-year QB Brock Osweiler, is signed through 2015 and may take over the job eventually, but he has yet to make an NFL start.

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50 comments
mellowde
mellowde

I don't think Peyton will retire until they carry him off the field in pieces with perhaps his neck bone sticking out of the flesh.  He enjoys the game too much and has too much ego to leave before his time.  I do think he may become less effective as he ages, ala Brett Favre.  And it's even possilble somone will quietly ask him to leave.  But now is not the time.  They guy is a sky rocket at present and is still rising.  See his stats this season.

Count_Lafey
Count_Lafey

Denver will win the SB and Manning retires... Denver wins - Manning retires - Denver looses - Manning is back... this is going to be his "retirement party" Just like Ray Lewis & Jerome Bettis, etc...

achuris77
achuris77

What a non-story. He's 37, he knows he isn't going to play for another 10 years. So, of course he can see the light at the end of the tunnel. That doesn't mean he's going to pull a "Ray Lewis". I wish people would stop over-analyzing every little thing the guy says. 


Way to read too much into things, SI...

RosaNosabe
RosaNosabe

Well if Manning retires, maybe Broncos can get back the last QB that won them a playoff game? Heard he's still available

sam93505
sam93505

stand by for another "will he or won't he" storyline that SI, ESPN, and everybody else will milk out for the entire off season (memories of Farve ring anybody's bells?)....

johnplantagenet
johnplantagenet

Code for I didn't want to retire after being replaced by a rookie, but I'm ready now.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

He took the same physical last year...I think its safe to say even a 80% Peyton Manning is A- OK 

You cant hit Qbs anymore, I dont see why he wouldnt be able to keep playing into his 40s if his neck is doing alright.  

gymviking
gymviking

So....he may decide whether or not a decision has to be made. 


Hard hitting news.

dogsinapile
dogsinapile

Does ESPN do any reporting of actual news anymore?  Does anyone believe that this physical hasn't been planned since he returned in 2012 and that he had the same check-up after last season?  ESPN has become the FOXNews of the sports world ... they want to make the news, not report it.

x72
x72

Hopefully he does. Never realized how much of a cheap player he is, every play trying to draw the opponent offsides with that effeminate "omaha" call. Just play the game the right way you stat obsessed loser.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Something -I think it was my toaster- tells me that if the Broncos hoist the Lombardi in a few months, he'll ride off into the sunset with his neck, dignity, and legacy in tact.


Besides, I enjoy his commercials/interviews way more than his whiny, Marino-esque tantrums on the field....

BradJamesDouglass
BradJamesDouglass

In other news Manning has admitted that if upon further testing he is diagnosed with a brain tumor he may consider retiring..... what a useless story 

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

Asked in his post-game press conference late Sunday if he was already thinking about the exam, Peyton quipped "The only thing weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth."



And THAT, was the REST of the story...

George
George

I get so tired of this lame, boring, continuously-useless Mortensen / prep-boy Adam Schefter speculative mental masturbation.


What a couple of clueless attention-hoes.  Tell 'em to start reading tea leaves.


=D  (losers) 


SpartanTarget
SpartanTarget

"The decision will not be based at all on Denver’s playoff results, per Mortensen."


Yeah $&%&ing right.

RetroActv
RetroActv

Said differently, he's thinking about thinking about retiring.

erikszpyra1
erikszpyra1

they will just resign Tebow, no reason to panic here

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Nonsense story.  This was put into his contract nearly 2 years ago primarily to protect the Bronco's due to the size of the contract.  In all of his and Elway's local talk in Denver, everything appears to be on track for 1 more year.


This is a "D" league reporter trying to get a byline with nothing other than "Manning".

Starstruck
Starstruck

Chris Burke had another brain fart. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I retired when my boss got to be too big a pain in the neck. So I can identify.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

Stupid article.  Gee, IF his neck has issues, he might retire.  Ya think?

riley8
riley8

Risk for additional injury?  That happens on each and every snap. 

spmarx
spmarx

Nice click bait and non-story.  I, reportedly, might not come to work tomorrow if I win the Powerball or get hit by a bus.  It reminds me of Keith Olbermann - "Peyton Manning is listed as 'day to day'...we're ALL day to day."

American
American

Awww, let's get the sympathy going for Peyton. Don't want him to go out with only 1 SB ring now do we???

al321
al321

It would be a grand way to go out if they win the Super Bowl this year. Best season in league history by a QB + Super Bowl at 37, can't think of a much better way for a football player to go out.

MikeMike1
MikeMike1

what a joke. why is this being released now- during the playoffs. If its so serious he shouldve got the exam during the bye. 

MerleDickey
MerleDickey

@x72 Wow , mr critical.Everyone has their style. most folks like it ,so don't watch! Easy solution.

Crandles
Crandles

@x72 This could be the most ignorant thing I'll read all day.  Thanks.  

MerleDickey
MerleDickey

@btcvsolo  Phillip Rivers is the #1 whiner in the NFL. Not just because he played the Broncos. Has been for many years.

gymviking
gymviking

@btcvsolo I've noticed the Marino similarities a lot in the past couple years. Good call, that.

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@George I couldn't have said it any better. Mort and Schefter, and all of ESPN for that matter, are the biggest group of egocentric morons who spew any sensationalized rumor for the sake of more air time. To throw this rumor out when Manning is going to receive his 5th (?) MVP award, is on his way to battle NE, and has a chance to cement his legacy, is just plain dumb on ESPN's part.  

Zeshan
Zeshan

@bobinpowell It's worse than that. It's "IF his neck has issues, he might *think* about retiring."

OverEd
OverEd

@spmarxPerhaps Zippy, but in the NFL they are required to give an injury status so "day to day" is a legitimate status. If he's been injured they have to list something.

KingBrody
KingBrody

@spmarx we are talking about football and Peyton's neck nobody cares about your fears about leaving your house in the morning !!! 

PatrickHan
PatrickHan

@AmericanAre you kidding me?  The NFL wants Brady and the Patriots to win the Super Bowl every year.  I'm sick of seeing them favored by the refs and the higher powers every game they play in. 

Beth3
Beth3

@al321 I'd like to see him win a second Super Bowl and then retire. I have ex-NFLers in my family and they suffer everyday. 

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

@MikeMike1 hey mike mike it's probably not serious and 2 this is a non-story as the broncos put it in his contract that he had to have this exam on his neck after this 3rd season, to see if they would gurantee him money

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

@MikeMike1 I guess you are  never happy, Like this is the first story ever that a player would retire right before a big game.........

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@WestcoastMD @George You think Manning is going to be bothered buy anything that is being reported about him? He has been scrutinized his entire career. He is trying to win playoff games, not get into a pissing match with a couple of analysts.