Peyton Manning announced on Wednesday that he plans to carry on playing next season and he explained that his desire is to remain at the Denver Broncos.
The 38-year-old future Hall of Fame quarterback joined the Broncos at the start of the 2013 NFL season following a full year out due to neck injury complications.
Ever since the injury, Manning has been plagued by rumors and speculation that he may retire due to the problem. And after every big-game defeat, just like Denver’s in Cincinnati recently, questions arise about whether or not Manning will call it quits at the end of the season. Subsequently, his decision to go round again will change the NFL landscape again for next year with the Broncos set to get even stronger in the coming years, and the potential for Denver's second dynasty starting to come into play.
Rumors about Manning's future
But rather than let those questions rise in the coming weeks and months, Manning thought he would put a stop to it to ease the fears of Broncos fans that may have been worried about the legendary signal-caller calling it a day at the end of this season.
Rather, Manning feels he has at least another year left in him, and he dearly hopes the Broncos feel the same.
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Manning wants to return
Asked if he will retire at the end of the season, Manning said, “I haven't thought of those circumstances at all. I certainly plan on being back if the Broncos will have me,” USA Today reported.
"I know this is the time when conversations about what coaches are going to return, and I guess for some reason I get to fall into that category because maybe I'm closer to the same age as some of the coaches," Manning said. "But yeah, there is, I have no plans along those lines.”
John Fox wants Peyton to return
Shortly after Manning made his statement he was backed by Denver head coach John Fox, who said he would love Manning to stay on board as quarterback until he feels his playing days are finished.
“I would say when you’re kind of in the top three quarterbacks in the league, maybe the top of all time, I’d say there’s a pretty good likelihood [he will return],” John Fox told the press. “He’s had a tremendous year, there is no doubt. We’ve still got things to get done and [we are] looking forward to the opportunity.”