Denver Broncos are set for an offseason of change one way or another. Head coach John Fox has departed and there is a possibility that Peyton Manning may follow him out of the door.
The future Hall of Fame quarterback had told the media last month that he was willing to play another year for the Broncos, but injury issues raised their head again for Manning in the playoffs, before he revealed after the Broncos' playoff loss to the Colts that he is now unsure about his future.
Manning will be 39 by the time the 2015 training camp rolls around and there are an array of so called experts that believe he has already played his last NFL game. There is no hiding from the fact that Manning endured a miserable end to the season with a quad injury severely hampering his play.
Ware on Manning's future
But while every Broncos fan, and the majority of NFL fans for that matter, wants Manning to put an end to the speculation and make a decision, Broncos star defensive end DeMarcus Ware says the best thing for Manning right now is to get some rest and switch off from football.
Ware says he has gotten to know Manning well in his first season in Denver and the former Dallas Cowboys player predicting that Manning will return for next season once he is fully refreshed and injury free.
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"Me and Peyton will always talk back and forth about things. Now he's just looking forward to the next season and how we can get better," Ware told NFL.com. "I think he'll be back. I feel like he still has a couple years in him.
"He just needs time to get healthy, rest," Ware said. "Calm the brain down. Turn it off a little bit and then hit the restart button once it's time."
Out of Manning's control
Ware's comments may make good reading for Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning fans across the globe, but the truth of the matter is that Manning's future is somewhat out of his own hands.
When the five-time NFL MVP signed for the Denver Broncos prior to the 2012 NFL season he signed a contract that demanded he take a full physical every March that would determine whether his body was still up for playing top level football.
Every year the Broncos have the opportunity to pass up keeping Manning on board. It may seem like if Manning wants to come back he will come back, but should he fail his next physical in March, the great QB's career will end in Denver whether he wants it to or not.