Manning will announce his retirement from professional football on Monday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com reports.
In a widely anticipated decision, Manning, who was set to turn 40 later this month, will hang up his cleats after claiming the second Super Bowl title of his career in February. Manning's play declined considerably this season, as evidenced by his 9:17 touchdown-to-interception ratio and meager 6.7 yards per pass attempt, while a torn plantar fascia in his left foot also inhibited him in the second half of the campaign. Though it was believed that other teams could still be interested in bringing him aboard had the Broncos cut him loose when his 2016 contract became guaranteed March 8, Manning will instead leave the game while on top and while holding sole possession of many NFL records. The five-time league MVP is the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes for a career (539) and single season (55 in 2013), passing yardage (71,940), and victories by a quarterback (186). Manning's departure leaves Brock Osweiler as the top quarterback on the Broncos' depth chart, though it's uncertain if the team is comfortable proceeding with him as the starter heading into 2016.
The Broncos relay that Manning has yet to make a call on his playing status in advance of the 2016 NFL season, ESPN.com reports.
This angle differs from a Denver Post report, which suggests that Manning, who will turn 40 on March 24, is planning to retire. Meanwhile, GM John Elway is expected to meet with the QB again after the NFL combine, which finishes up on Monday. In any case, we'd expect some clarity regarding Manning's playing future before March 9, when his $19 million base salary is slated to become guaranteed.
If Manning decides to play next season, he must take and pass a physical by March 4, The Denver Post reports.
The Broncos wait patiently while Manning completes his vacation and returns to Denver with a decision in mind, but with a potential price tag of $19 million, general manager John Elway wouldn't be blamed if he turned the offense over to Brock Osweiler after the veteran struggled mightily this past season. Because Osweiler is an unrestricted free agent, he could sign elsewhere as early as March 7, when organizations are first given the ability to extend offer sheets, or two days before Manning's contract becomes fully guaranteed. One way or another, the first week of March will have long-lasting implications, with Manning's decision spurring a domino effect across the Broncos' roster and the NFL itself.
Manning completed the 2015 campaign having completed 198 of 331 passes for 2,249 yards, nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He followed up by going 51 for 92 for 539 yards, two touchdowns and one pick in the playoffs.
Manning was showing obvious signs of breaking down during the latter half of 2014, but chose to break out the duct tape for another rodeo. The results were career lows in yards, touchdowns, passer rating and, curiously, his second Super Bowl ring. Much-maligned Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer posted a 91.4 passer rating this season, Manning only managed to top that mark twice in 13 games between the regular season and playoffs. In the playoffs, Manning showed some flashes against his old foe, the Patriots, posting a passer rating of 103.75 and his only two scores of the postseason in the first half of the AFC title game. He had a combined rating of 67.53 in the other five halves of playoff games. Denver's defense carried Manning to his second championship, and now the pursuit to keep as much of that defense intact, and keep young Brock Osweiler in town, will likely end Manning's days in Denver. It wouldn't be a complete shock if Manning dodges retirement one more time and follows Joe Namath in ending his Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Rams. However, if Manning chooses not to ride off into the sunset, don't expect the night to be kind to Manning's 40-year old body in 2016.
Manning completed 13 of 23 passes for 141 yards and an interception in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers. He was also sacked five times and fumbled twice, losing one.
Unlike his first Super Bowl victory nearly a decade ago, Manning was much more of a secondary figure Sunday, largely managing the game while C.J. Anderson ran effectively and the Broncos defense wreaked havoc on Cam Newton and company. The five-time MVP's arm was not a liability, although Manning did not test it downfield often, with his longest completion going for only 25 yards. His one interception came with 4:23 left in the second quarter, when Manning failed to see the Panthers' Kony Ealy in front of Emmanuel Sanders at the Carolina 20-yard line. The miscue was notably Manning's first interception in his last 164 postseason passes. He also endured heavy pressure from an aggressive Panthers front, suffering five sacks and losing a fumble on a hit by Ealy at the Panthers 48-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Having now capped off a 2015 season marked by injury and persistent questions about his arm strength with a Super Bowl victory, the matter of Manning's willingness to play in 2016 will remain a burning question until he addresses the matter definitively one way or the other. Further complicating the decision may be the fact that Manning has already been informed he will eventually need hip replacement surgery, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier this week.
Manning completed 17 of 32 passes for 176 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Patriots in the AFC championship game. He also lost a fumble.
The Sheriff's offense was limited to just 275 total yards on Sunday, but his ability to limit the turnovers and cash in on good field position secured a trip to next month's Super Bowl. Manning clearly isn't on the same level physically as he was in the past, but his experience and leadership ability have him knocking on the door of another championship as the sun sets on his storied career. Manning will now have a couple of weeks to rest up before facing the winner of Sunday's NFC championship game between the Cardinals and the Panthers.
Manning completed 21 of 37 passes for 222 yards in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He failed to connect on a single touchdown pass.
The veteran had thrown for a score in 13 straight postseason games heading into Sunday's contest, but he failed to extended his streak, as C.J. Anderson plowed in the Broncos' only touchdown. Manning did manage to avoid a turnover, despite the windy conditions, allowing Denver to rely on their defense and rushing attack to grind out a win. The Patriots, who Manning did not suit up against in a Week 12 victory, will come town next week, with the right to go to the Super Bowl on the line.
Manning has been named the Broncos' starter for their divisional round playoff game on Jan. 17.
Head coach Gary Kubiak made the announcement Thursday morning after meeting with both Manning and Brock Osweiler, who had relieved Manning mid-season. Manning missed six games from Week 11 through Week 16 due to a plantar fascia injury, with Osweiler going 4-2 as the interim starter. Osweiler was under center to begin last Sunday's game against San Diego, but Manning entered in the third quarter as the Broncos struggled to move the ball. The veteran ended the game going 5-of-9 for 69 yards in the 27-20 Broncos victory. At this point, it's unclear whether Kubiak and the Broncos are committed to Manning as the starter throughout the playoffs, but it's not difficult to imagine Osweiler again coming on in relief at some point, should Manning struggle. As the No. 1 seed in the AFC, Denver will host the lowest remaining seed in the divisional round, which could be Houston, Kansas City or Pittsburgh.
Manning (foot) entered the game in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Chargers, replacing the ineffective Brock Osweiler, and he completed five of nine passes for 69 yards.
Osweiler was 14 of 22 for 232 yards and a touchdown before getting pulled, but he also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, which led to his benching. The Broncos' rushing game was excellent, as Ronnie Hillman had 15 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown and C.J. Anderson rushed 15 times for 95 yards and a score of his own. Manning wasn't overly effective in the game, but he moved the ball down the field and eventually led the Broncos to a 27-20 victory, giving them the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Despite the switch in the middle of the game, head coach Gary Kubiak said no decision had been made about who will start their first playoff game, which will come after an opening-round bye.
Manning (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Manning is back in uniform Sunday against the Chargers, but he'll serve as the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback behind Brock Osweiler in the contest.
Manning (foot) practiced fully Thursday.
At this stage, Manning is in line to be in uniform Sunday against the Chargers, though if that happens, he'll serve as the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback behind Brock Osweiler.
Manning (foot) is slated to practice this week, and if all goes well, he is in line to back up Brock Osweiler on Sunday against the Chargers.
Manning's health continues to improve to the point that he'll probably suit up this weekend, but at this stage the Broncos have no plans to make any change at QB in Week 17, with Osweiler thus poised to make his seventh straight start for the team Sunday.
Manning (foot) will not play Monday against Cincinnati, Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reports.
As expected, Manning will remained sidelined for another week, as Brock Osweiler makes another start at quarterback. Manning increased his activity level this week, and he held a throwing session early Saturday, which was observed by head coach Gary Kubiak. The veteran was not on the field for the full-team portion of practice, however, and at this point it remains unclear whether he'll be back on the field this season.
Manning (foot), who is not expected to practice Wednesday, will focus on his injury rehab this week, setting the stage for another start at QB for teammate Brock Osweiler.
While Manning -- who suffered a setback with his foot injury this past Friday -- hasn't yet been officially ruled out for this week's action, he is not expected be active for Monday night's game against the Bengals.
Manning (foot) was scratched from Friday's practice after feeling some soreness in his right foot earlier in the day.
While the Broncos aren't calling this a setback, there's really no way to put a positive spin on it. Still, it was probably expected that Manning would have some soreness once he resumed practicing, and it's possible he'll feel better by the end of the weekend. Already ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Manning may have a shot to return for Week 16 against the Bengals, depending on whether or not he truly suffered a setback.
Manning (foot) took part in individual drills Wednesday.
The practice was Manning's first since suffering a foot injury back on Nov. 15, though head coach Gary Kubiak already announced that Brock Osweiler will start this Sunday against the Steelers. However, if Manning doesn't suffer any setbacks over the next week or two, he could be back under center in Week 16 against the Bengals, though Kubiak has not definitively said Manning will get his job back when healthy.
Manning's status for Sunday's game against the Steelers is still undetermined due to his foot injury, head coach Gary Kubiak said Monday.
Manning has gone through a number of throwing sessions with team coaches but hasn't been able to practice yet due to his injury. Kubiak has also failed to announce if Manning will get the starting job back from Brock Osweiler after he recovers, so there are certainly plenty of questions heading into Week 15. Manning's practice participation this week will certainly help shed some light on the situation.
Manning -- who continues to bounce back from a plantar fascia tear -- threw passes for "about a half hour" Wednesday morning.
"We'll see how he comes out of each day, so we'll just take it day by day," coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday of Manning, who the report notes has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders. As a result, Brock Osweiler will continue to handle the Broncos' QB duties this weekend, at a minimum.
Coach Gary Kubiak noted Monday that Manning (foot) could resume on-field work as soon as Wednesday.
That said, such work would probably entail what Kubiak referred to as a "modified small workout," with the coach also confirming Monday that "nothing will change this week in that Brock (Osweiler is) our starter."
Manning's walking cast was removed Tuesday night and replaced with a walking boot that will stay on his left foot until Friday.
The report adds that Manning -- who is not putting any pressure on his foot at this time -- plans to resume his rehab work on Saturday and will proceed "one week at a time." With Manning's return not imminent, Brock Osweiler will continue to handle the Broncos' QB duties Sunday afternoon against the Chargers.
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