The Denver Broncos announced earlier this week that Peyton Manning will be their starting quarterback for their divisional round playoff game on January 17.
Despite throwing a staggering 17 interceptions throughout the season, the AFC number one seed felt the former Super Bowl champion would be better than Brock Osweiler under center in a week's time against either the Kansas City Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, or the Houston Texans.
However, because of these poor performances and injuries throughout the regular season, which led to him losing his starting position to Osweiler as well, many have questioned if next Sunday could be Manning's last ever NFL game after 18 seasons in the league. Could this be Manning's last hurrah?
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The Sheriff was asked this question, according to Chris Wesseling of Around the NFL, to which he replied: "I'd be lying to say I've never thought (about it). ... That's probably not the case. But I am excited to think about who were going to play (next) weekend and have the opportunity to help contribute in some way.
"As far as anything beyond that, there will be a time and a place for that."
Manning has reportedly said in the past when he was benched for Osweiler that he would be returning for the 2016 season with or without the Broncos. He has a no-trade clause in his contract for 2015, so the Broncos will have to wait until the start of the 2016 season to trade him, and there would be several teams lining up for his signature if they decide to part ways with the quarterback.
Many teams will still believe Manning can take their team to the playoffs for at least one or two more years, which could be a major difference for any franchise. Quarterback-needy teams would love to have Manning as a part of their team as a stop-gap until they find a franchise quarterback.
However, all of that may never happen as Manning might decide to retire from his Hall of Fame worthy playing career if he wins the Super Bowl for the Broncos this season.