Peyton Manning's future in the NFL has been a huge talking point ever since the season ended with speculation flying everywhere about what the quarterback will do.
The Denver Broncos quarterback will turn 39 before the start of the 2015 season and having suffered serious injuries in his past, combined with his increasingly - and alarmingly - accuracy becoming poorer as last year went on, it's been wondered if Peyton should call it time on his career or not.
But according to recent reports from leading NFL analysts Peter King and Mike Mayock, the record breaking play caller will be back in 2015 leading the Broncos offense for another year at least.
"I think the odds of Peyton Manning returning to the Broncos increased from 65 percent to 85 percent the other day, when Manning met with GM John Elway and, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, told Elway he wants to play in 2015," King wrote in yesterday's edition of the Monday Morning QuarterBack.
"I think the Broncos definitely want Manning back for 2015. Take that to the bank. John Elway knows Denver's best chance to go deep in the playoffs in 2015 is with Manning at quarterback," King added in his report on the situation at Mile High.
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Then it was Mayock's turn to discuss Manning and what he thinks will happen with the veteran quarterback. Whilst King spoke about the likelihood of Manning actually returning, Mayock focused more on what he will be like if he does indeed decide to return next season.
"The Peyton thing is interesting. I'm anxious to get to the Manning academy in July and watch him rip it a little bit once he's healthy," Mayock said on an NFL Network conference call ahead of the draft combine.
"Does he have the arm strength he had seven, eight, nine years ago? Of course not. He throws with more anticipation and timing than anybody in football. So I would suspect, if he made the commitment to come back, that he'd be ready to play at a high level again. I'd be surprised if he didn't," Mayock said.
It really doesn't matter if Manning comes back if Denver doesn't fix the offensive line in front of him. That thing really needs some patching up - or even a complete overhaul - if the Broncos are to win in 2015. The receiving corps and running backs are already on the roster, but Manning still needs better protection. That will be key to any success next year.
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