Report: Peyton Manning tells friends he expects to retire after Super Bowl

It is looking more and more like the NFL will be losing another legend to retirement in the very near future, but this one won’t be as surprising as Calvin Johnson or Justin Tuck.

Following the AFC Championship Game, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was heard telling New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick “this may be my last rodeo” in reference to Super Bowl 50. It now seems as though Manning could be retiring after Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

According to’s Ian Rapoport, Manning has told close friends that he expects to retire after the Super Bowl on Sunday, making his 18th season in the NFL his last.

“The reality is he let the cat out of the bag a little bit,” Rapoport said. “I also know he has told close friends that he expects this to be his last game as well.”

Manning has yet to confirm any of these reports, but I wouldn’t expect it to come until after the Super Bowl. The Broncos and Panthers meet up on CBS at 6 p.m. EST.

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