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18 Peyton Manning QB
Height/Weight: 6-5/230 | Birthdate: 3/24/1976 | Birthplace: New Orleans, LA, USA | Team: Denver | College: Tennessee | NFL Experience: 17 | Owned/Started%: 100/94 | Average Draft Position: 3.62
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Report: Peyton Manning, Broncos working on restructured deal


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) More evidence points to Peyton Manning playing in 2015. 

According to The Denver Post, the Broncos and Manning are working together on a restructured contract. Manning is slated to make $19 million per season in 2015 and 2016. The Broncos could be working on this deal to create some space to bring back receiver Demaryius Thomas and/or tight end Julius Thomas, both of which will be free agents. 

The restructuring of the deal is perhaps why Manning has yet to make an announcement that he's returning for the 2015 season. 

Manning threw for 4,727 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2014. 


Elway: Peyton Manning hasn't given answer on Broncos return


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Speaking to the media at the combine on Thursday, Broncos general manager John Elway said Peyton Manning's return next season wasn't a certainty.

Manning met with Elway a week ago, and reportedly told him he was mentally and physically ready to return. 

However, Elway said that Manning didn't give the team a definitive answer on whether he'd return. 

Elway made it clear that the team wants Manning to return and believes he will. He also said that the team wasn't holding Manning to a timetable. "Peyton has all the time he needs," Elway said. 


Broncos' Kubiak: No doubt I want Peyton Manning to be our QB


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told reporters at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday that there haven't been any assurances quarterback Peyton Manning will play in 2015. However, Kubiak does appear upbeat about Manning's chances of coming back.

"No doubt I want him to be (our quarteback)," Kubiak said, per The Denver Post. "I feel good about where we are right now. It's just time."

Kubiak, who said he has visited with Manning "quite often" in recent weeks, added he is working on developing an offense that plays to Manning's strengths.

“Can he roll out? I think he can do anything he wants to do,” Kubiak said, per ProFootballTalk.com. “You do what your players do best. I’ve been asked over the course of the last month, since I’ve been in Denver, about the bootleg. I had Joe [Flacco] in Baltimore last year and I think we booted maybe 25 times in the season. You do what your players do best. We’re going to run the Denver Broncos Offense, and that’s a big challenge to me right now, meshing things together and getting ready to go do the things that Peyton does so well and has for many, many years."


Broncos' Kubiak expecting Peyton Manning to return next season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) New Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is planning on having quarterback Peyton Manning under center in 2015, reports the Denver Post.

"No, I'm expecting him to come back," Kubiak said. "We want to play with him. This organization has won a lot of games with him and we want to get back and do it again. Expecting him to come back."

Although no formal decision has been made or announced, Kubiak is confident Manning is coming back.

"I don't think there's any hold up at all," Kubiak said. "He and John are working through the process. That's been the plan all along, the way I understand it."

Manning will take a physical by March 5 to determine if he's healthy enough to play and is under contract for $19 million in 2015.


Report: Peyton Manning tells Broncos he's ready to return


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Peyton Manning met with Broncos general manager John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis on Thursday. According to ESPN's Chris Mortenson, Manning informed the team that he is physically and mentally prepared to play another season in 2015.

While in New Orleans at the start of the offseason, Manning got an evaluation from trainer Mackie Shilstone, who gave him a green light. Manning's quad injury that bothered him at the end of the season has completely healed. 

Manning still needs to pass a physical administered between Feb. 23 and March 5, and the team will likely look into renegotiating his contract to help reduce the salary cap impact. 

 


Peyton Manning meets with Broncos, no decision on return


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Peyton Manning met with the Broncos on Thursday, but he wasn't ready to announce whether he'll return for another season in 2015. 

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported that Broncos president Joe Ellis flew to New Orleans in team owner Pat Bowlen's private plane, picking up Manning and bringing him back to team headquarters. 

Manning met with general manager John Elway on Thursday afternoon. He left that evening. While no announcement was made, the conversation was considered to be a positive sign that Manning will play next season. 

If Manning does return, he'll have to pass a physical exam by March 5, at the latest. 


Broncos OC not rushing QB Peyton Manning to make decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) New Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is in no rush to make quarterback Peyton Manning decide on next year.

"I don't think so, we're going to go see what we do best, see what our team ends up with, there's certainly no rush," Dennison said to ESPN.com. "He deserves to take his time and figure out what he wants to do because he's a phenomenal player."

Dennison will continue to build his playbook without knowing if Manning will be his quarterback in 2015. If not, backup Brock Osweiler will likely assume the role. He has spoken to multiple players on the offense since accepting the job, including Manning.

"I just said hello to him, just like I said hello to everybody on the offense, on our roster," Dennison said. "I called them up and said hello, introduced myself and told them if they were around come in and say hi, no football, no nothing, just say hi. I look forward to working with whoever's under the roof."


Report: Broncos' Peyton Manning intent on playing in 2015


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is already training, and is intent on playing in 2015, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Manning is working with fitness trainer Mackie Shilstone and he's expected to begin training with Shilstone next week. Manning is hoping to sit down Broncos executive vice president and general manager John Elway before announcing whether he intends to return for an 18th season. That meeting should happen in the next couple days, according to the report.

Earlier in the offseason, the Denver Post reported that Manning wanted to receive medical evaluations on both his neck and thigh prior to committing to another season. The team has told Manning they would like to know his intentions by March 9. That's the final day the club can exercise their rights on veteran players under contract. 

Manning, who will turn 39 before next season, is currently the oldest starting quarterback in the NFL. He had four neck surgeries prior to joining the Broncos in 2012, but that hasn't impacted his performance on the field. Manning threw for 4,727 yards, with 39 touchdowns in 2014. 


Tony Dungy says Peyton Manning will return in 2015, if healthy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2015) Peyton Manning's former coach, Tony Dungy, is among those who say the veteran 38-year-old will return to the Broncos for another season, according to the Associated Press.

"I was with him last week and he didn't give me any indication one way or another, but he certainly didn't say anything to me that led me to believe he wouldn't be playing," Dungy said.

Manning has been contemplating his future since Denver's season ended in the divisional round of the playoffs against his and Dungy's former team, the Colts.

"I've never seen him miss balls by as much as he missed them in that final game," Dungy said. "Usually, he misses a pass and it's inches off or a foot off, not a couple of yards off. So, I have to believe there was something physical in that last game and probably coming down the stretch, too.

"And when I look at those first eight or 10 games of the season, you didn't see that. You saw nice balls and on-target throws and that's just why I'm guessing and just looking from afar, I haven't talked to him about it, but my guess from watching him all these years, I think it was something physical."

Manning reportedly met with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak to discuss how he'll fit in with the new offense.

"My gut feeling is that he'll be back unless he really has a health-related problem," Dungy said. "He enjoys the team. He enjoys his teammates. I think he really wants to come back and play well and not let that be the last game of his career."

Last season, he passed Brett Favre to become the NFL's all-time passing-touchdown leader with 530 career scores. He threw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2014, and is due to make $19 million guaranteed if he is still on the team March 9, which suggests a decision will come at some point before that date.


Von Miller: Peyton Manning likely to return in 2015


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Broncos linebacker Von Miller is in the camp that believes quarterback Peyton Manning will return to the Broncos for the 2015 season.

"We can win a championship with Peyton," Miller told The Denver Post. "I think that's the only thing that matters," Miller said. "What else can I say? I think he's coming back. He said a long time ago that he would stop playing football when he felt like he was hurting a team more than helping a team. There's still so much he can do, so many wonderful things he can do for the Denver Broncos."

Manning, 38, has been contemplating his future this since Denver's season ended in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Colts. On Monday, the NFL Network's Gil Brandt reported that Manning would "almost certainly" be back with the Broncos for another season.

Manning threw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2014.


Report: Peyton Manning 'almost certain' to return in 2015


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) It's looking like Peyton Manning will be back with the Broncos in 2015.

According to the NFL Network's Gil Brandt, Manning will "almost certainly" be back with Denver next year. Manning has one year remaining on his contract and is due $19 million next season. Manning has been debating whether to return for another season of football.

Manning reportedly met with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak to talk about how he'll fit in with the new offense.

Manning threw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2014. The Broncos lost to the Colts in the AFC Divisional Round.


Report: Peyton Manning could decide on playing future this week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2015) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may be making his decision sooner rather than later. The soon to be 39-year-old Manning is reportedly set to make his decision as early as this week, according to ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.

Manning, who has already met with new coach Gary Kubiak, said last week he was waiting to meet with John Elway when he got back from vacation before making up his mind.

Manning, who threw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2014, is due $19 million guaranteed if he is still on the team March 9.


Tom Brady on Peyton Manning: 'I certainly hope he comes back'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) While the football world anxiously awaits official word from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about his playing status for the 2015 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady -- and longtime Manning rival -- said Thursday he hopes the five-time NFL MVP will continue his career.

"What a great player he's been for this league," Brady said Thursday, per NFL.com. "He's a great competitor, and I've been fortunate to play against him a bunch of times. I certainly hope he comes back, 'cause the league will miss him if he doesn't. But those decisions are up to him. I'm sure it's up to whether he's mentally and physically -- that's what he wants to do. But I certainly hope he's back."

Archie Manning, Peyton's father, told NFL Network on Thursday that his son hasn't made a decision yet.

"Well, Peyton evaluates things; he's pretty good at that," he said. "I can't tell him what to do, and he hasn't told me what he's going to do. But I do know that he's really giving a lot of things a lot of thought. He's thinking about where he is physically, he wants to see how he can do this some more, trying to get over an injury."

Archie added starting over with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak will not be an issue for Peyton, if he decides to return next season.

"Yeah, but he loves Gary. He likes Gary," Archie Manning said. "He liked John Fox. He liked Adam Gase. All those things, I think, are considered with. But my deal is he's always made good decisions; he's pretty thorough. He's going to evaluate a lot of things, and I think he'll make a good decision."


WR Emmanuel Sanders says Peyton Manning will return to Broncos


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Although Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders' only communication with Peyton Manning was through a postseason text message, he believes that the veteran quarterback will return for another season, he told NFL.com on Friday.

Sanders and the Broncos were eliminated by the Colts in the AFC divisional round. Since that loss, the Broncos' coaching staff has been overhauled, with coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase heading to Chicago.

"Well, Gase is definitely in Chicago right now," Sanders said. "And Peyton says he's going to come back, but I'm not really worried about it, I really just want to win a Super Bowl. So that is all that is on my mind."

Gary Kubiak was hired to take Fox's place in Denver, and Sanders said that if Manning doesn't return, backup Brock Osweiler would fit "really well" in the team's new offensive scheme.

"Yeah, I think Brock is a quarterback that is on the rise, he's going to continuously get better and I feel like Kubiak's offense fits him really well," Sanders said.

Sanders signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Broncos last March. He earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl after totaling 101 catches for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns -- all career highs.


Report: Peyton Manning aims to return for 2015 season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning wants to return for the 2015 season but can't make a final decision until he takes his annual physical, three sources told the Denver Post. Manning will await tests on his neck and the quad injury that bothered him at the end of the season, the report said.

Late in the regular season, Manning indicated he'd definitely return. But after losing in the playoffs to the Colts, Manning was noncommittal.

Manning, 38, is set to make $19 million in 2015. New coach Gary Kubiak said he's already had some "very good conversations" with Manning and is looking forward to building a playbook around Manning's talents, assuming he returns.

Last year, the paper said, the results of Manning's physical were ready in early March.


Gary Kubiak: 'Easy to build a playbook' for Peyton Manning


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Introduced as Broncos head coach Tuesday, Gary Kubiak dismissed the notion that Peyton Manning is not a fit for the West Coast offense Kubiak runs. Kubiak stressed he'll build a scheme around his players' talents, not fit them into a rigid system.

"It's easy to build a playbook for him," Kubiak said of Manning. "He's been the master at it for many, many years. You're talking about a Hall of Fame player, Hall of Fame person."

Manning certainly isn't suited for the bootlegs and rollouts Kubiak is fond of. Kubiak said he views his role as being "the best support system" he can be for Manning.

"We're going to do what the players do best," Kubiak said.

Kubiak said he's already talked to Manning extensively, mainly about family and non-football issues. Manning, who must decide by March 9 whether he'll return next season, will undergo a physical next month that could affect his decision.

Kubiak said he embraces the high expectations in Denver and thanked team ownership for "bringing me home." The former Ravens offensive coordinator and Texans head coach said he loves calling plays but "if things work out," others will be involved in playcalling.


Peyton Manning likely to make playing status decision by March 9


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has a deadline of March 9 to make a decision about his playing status for the 2015 season, according to The Denver Post.

The March 9 deadline is significant because Manning's contract stipulates that his $19 million salary for the 2015 season becomes fully guaranteed, if he is still on the Broncos' roster by the final day of the 2014 league year. The new 2015 season begins on March 10.

Manning is scheduled to undergo a physical toward the end of February, which could determine if he is healthy enough to play in 2015, according to NFL Network. 


Report: Broncos' Peyton Manning remains uncertain of future


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) One week after his season ended, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning remains undecided about his future in the NFL, reports the NFL Network.

Manning is scheduled to undergo a physical in one month to determine if he is healthy enough to play in 2015. With reports surfacing Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak plans to accept a potential offer to be the Broncos' coach, it is not known how Kubiak will affect Manning’s decision.


Broncos' Peyton Manning to miss Pro Bowl due to quad injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Despite being selected to his 14th Pro Bowl, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will not play in next Sunday’s game, reports the Denver Post.

A quad injury, which bothered Manning during the last month of the season, will keep him from playing in the game. It will be the first time Manning has missed the Pro Bowl without going to the Super Bowl. He indicated had he been healthy, he would like to play.

"It's a great honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl, and I've always taken the obligation to play in it very seriously," Manning said. "I've believed that, if healthy, it's a player's responsibility to play in the game because of what it means to be voted in by your peers and the fans."


Report: Broncos' Adam Gase to meet with Jaguars for OC job


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is scheduled to interview for the Jaguars' vacant offensive coordinator position, reports Michael Silver of NFL.com. A date for his meeting was not made public.

Gase lost out on the 49ers' coaching job, but he remains in the mix for Denver's coaching vacancy. He is also in demand from other teams with coordinator openings, including the Rams and Jaguars. Under Gase, the Peyton Manning-led Broncos scored 30.1 points per game, which ranked second in the NFL. In 2013, Gase's unit ranked first in the league with 37.9 points per game.


Broncos' Ware: I think Peyton Manning will be back in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware is confident quarterback Peyton Manning will choose to continue his NFL career in 2015, according to USA Today.

"Me and Peyton will always talk back and forth about things. Now he's just looking forward to the next season and how we can get better," Ware said Thursday. "I think he'll be back. I feel like he still has a couple years in him."

Manning, who will turn 39 years old on March 24, was noncommittal about his future following Sunday's playoff loss against the Colts. 

"He just needs time to get healthy, rest," Ware said. "Calm the brain down. Turn it off a little bit and then hit the restart button once it's time."


Elway: New coach will likely have to wait for Manning's decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) The next coach of the Denver Broncos is unlikely to know what the decision of quarterback Peyton Manning will be on his future by the time he is hired, and general manager John Elway is okay with that.

"There’s no question candidates are going to want to know where Peyton is," Elway said. "At that point in time I’m going to say the same thing I’m telling you all right now, we don’t know exactly what he’s going to do. We just have to wait and see, you know, and go from there." 

Elway also said Tuesday he told Manning to take his time with the decision, as much as four to five weeks, very close to when the new league year is set to begin, March 10.

Manning is set to make a base salary of $19 million in 2015 and 2016 and has a cap number of $21.5 million for both years.


Report: Broncos prepared to go with Osweiler if Manning retires


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) The Broncos reportedly have a plan in place if star quarterback Peyton Manning decides to hang up his cleats. Current backup quarterback Brock Osweiler would take over as the starter, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

"I can tell you from sources inside the Broncos organization, this is a guy they feel very good about," Rapoport said. "The reviews internally on Brock Osweiler are high, so if Peyton Manning does not come back, they do feel confident that they have a quarterback who can step in and have some level of success in there after Peyton Manning, whenever he does decide to retire."

The Broncos drafted Osweiler in the 2012 draft and he has been used sparringly since then, throwing for 159 yards and one touchdown in 13 appearances for Denver.


Elway: Peyton Manning will be involved in search for new coach


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Broncos general manager John Elway said quarterback Peyton Manning will be involved in the search for a new head coach, adding he believes Manning has another good year of football left, reports the Denver Post.

Speaking at a news conference, Elway said he'll give Manning several weeks to decide if he'll play in 2015. When asked if he thought Manning would help take the team to the next level, Elway replied, "I do."

"We want Peyton back," Elway said, per the paper. "It's going to come back to what Peyton wants to do.

"Only Peyton knows what his body feels," he added. "I can't speak for him and I won't."

Manning, 38, was noncommittal on his future following Sunday's 24-13 home playoff loss to the Colts. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Manning played with a torn quad since mid-December, though the Broncos described the injury as a strain.

Denver parted ways with coach John Fox on Monday. Elway said he and Fox "disagreed on how to get to the next level."

Elway said offensive coordinator Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio are candidates to replace Fox, though no interviews have been scheduled.


Broncos dispute that Peyton Manning played through torn quad


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) The Broncos are disputing an ESPN report that quarterback Peyton Manning played with a torn right quad for the final month of the season.

Two sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Manning tore his quad late in the first half of a Dec. 14 win against the Chargers and that an MRI confirmed the tear.

But the Broncos say Manning "played with a strain, not a full tear," according to the Denver Post. Coach John Fox and general manager John Elway will address the issue at a news conference this week.

Over the team's last four regular-season games and Sunday's playoff loss to the Colts, Manning accounted for four touchdowns and eight turnovers.

Manning was non-committal on playing in 2015 when asked about his future Sunday night.

"I can't answer every what-if circumstance," he told 850 KOA. "What if you're not as healthy? What if certain coaches leave? I can't answer every what-if situation. I think I'll have to take some time to see how I feel, see how I feel physically."

The team listed Manning with a thigh injury late in the season, but it was not described as a tear until Monday's report.