Pending the results of a physical, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is rumored to be likely to return to the Broncos for the 2015 season.
If the future hall of famer decides to give a fourth season, and the potential to earn one last Super Bowl ring a shot, he’ll have to prove to team doctors that his surgically repaired neck is still in working order. The physical is part of the five-year contract Manning signed to join Denver after the Indianapolis Colts released the veteran quarterback in 2012. After three years under center for the Broncos, some may argue whether or not No. 18 still has any good football left in him.
Manning, who will turn 39 in March, was reported to have suffered a torn quadriceps late in the 2014 season which had a significant effect on his performance. After the injury, the Broncos went 3-1, but Manning was not his typical efficient self, throwing for only 990 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions for a passer rating of 76.8 during that stretch. The playoff loss to the Colts wasn’t much better when Manning posted 211 yards for 1 touchdown.
There is certainly reason to worry about Manning’s physical condition, but also his ability to adapt to an entirely new coaching staff, lead by newly minted head coach Gary Kubiak. It’s no secret that Manning is averse to change, so there’s good reason to speculate whether or not he will be interested in learning a new offensive system and how to get along with Kubiak and the slew of new coaches and coordinators that are soon to follow.
Immediately after the 24-13 Divisional Round loss to the Colts, reports had surfaced that Manning was unsure of his future and would need several weeks before making a decision. If Manning returns for a 15th season, the Broncos will need a firm decision by March 9th. On March 10th, the Broncos will be on the hook for a guaranteed $19 million in base salary.