Peyton Manning said recently that he didn't want to keep people waiting for an announcement on his NFL future and it appears that the veteran quarterback has taken the next crucial step in reaching a decision.
As first reported by The Denver Post's Les Shapiro, the Denver Broncos quarterback returned to the franchise's facility this week to work out and test his body in order to access the viability of a return for the 2015 season.
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The move has been viewed by many as a positive one but, until Peyton Manning sees how his body reacts, he (and we) won't know for sure whether retirement or the gridiron looms.
“I’ve been told that Peyton is back in the facility and he is working out. He's lifting weights," explained Shapiro.
"The purpose of this is to get his body healthier. He wants to work out and see how his body responds, to see if this is what he wants to continue doing. I’m told he feels very very good. That the workouts are going well and his body is really bouncing back from what was really a tough season for him."
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With Manning having dealt with a thigh issue for the closing segment of the regular-season and into the postseason it will be key for him to see how the recovery is coming along. His upcoming March physical will hold a lot of the answers but clearly the five-time NFL MVP is doing all he can right now to put himself in the position to make the right decision.
Another key issue for Manning before he says yes to a return is a meeting with Broncos GM John Elway.
This key discussion, made even more so after the Broncos' recent coaching changes, is not believed to have taken place yet but with Manning back at the Denver facility it surely can't be too far away.
Despite a tepid end to the 2014 campaign, most Broncos fans are hoping to see Manning back on the field next season. It appears the veteran is leaning that way at present but a decision is not expected until next week at the earliest.
What do you think Broncos fans? Is it time for Peyton to step away or has he got one more season in him? Let us know in the comments section below...