Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have taken the next step in determining the veteran quarterback's NFL future, reports revealed today.
According to ESPN, citing sources close to the situation, Manning met with both Broncos general manager John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis on Thursday as all involve seek to reach a decision on whether the five-time NFL MVP returns to play in the 2015 season.
It has long been reported that Manning has been waiting on a meeting with the Denver front office before confirming his plans, and clearly this latest development could help sway the veteran, and the franchise, one way or the other.
Manning has been working out in New Orleans in recent days to assess his health and fitness ahead of a potential return and it was there that Broncos CEO Ellis ventured on Thursday to kick start the crunch talks.
Ellis, flying on Denver owner Pat Bowlen's private plane, travelled to the Louisiana city to pick up Peyton Manning and take him to the Denver Broncos facility in Dove Valley.
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Manning and Ellis held one-on-one discussions on the plane journey before the veteran QB met John Elway in Denver. As yet, there is no official announcement regarding the outcome of the talks.
Manning failed to commit to a 2015 return when speaking to the media following the Broncos' disappointing playoff defeat to the Indianapolis Colts, and ever since speculation has been rife.
After initial doubts all signs had seemed to be pointing to the 38-year-old returning for one more season, with Manning putting his body through the paces ahead of an annual March 9 physical.
Yesterday though it emerged that some within the Broncos hierarchy had doubts as to whether relying on the ageing star going forward was the right way to go.
As such, Broncos fans remain on tender hooks. With Manning though having previously stated that a meeting with Elway and Ellis was crucial before any announcement was made, it looks like they might not have to wait too much longer.
What do you think Broncos fans? Will Elway and Ellis have had to convince Manning to come back, or perhaps it was Manning doing the convincing? Is he good for one more season? Let us know in the comments section below...