Broncos refute retirement report: 'Peyton has not made a decision'

Is Peyton Manning going to ride off into the sunset after winning his second Super Bowl? Woody Paige of the Denver Post writes two sources have told him that Manning will announce his retirement by the end of the week

Shortly after that report, the Broncos responded directly, with Broncos PR man Patrick Smythe refuting the report on Twitter and saying Manning has made no decision on his future.

"Peyton has not made a decision on his future," Smythe tweeted. "Plan remains for him to continue talks with the team this week."

This is basically a big debate about semantics.

Everyone agrees Manning is going to call it a career. But he's also methodical about everything he does -- Manning is borderline psychotic about his preparation and there's no way he would approach a final decision on his career any differently. 

It's all about the timing when getting the scoop on Manning's future. As colleague John Breech noted, Paige has been covering and writing about Manning's father Archie since 1968.

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There remains a possibility Manning decides to play one more year with another team. The Los Angeles Rams were reportedly doing their due diligence on the aging quarterback and debating his fit on the roster. 

But it sure feels less than probable at this point, given how Manning played down the stretch. He picked up a second Lombardi Trophy in an unlikely season (given how he played) and gets a shot to walk away from football on top. 

The only question is when he makes the final decision. The Broncos say it hasn't happened yet.

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