Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is still not sure if he will be playing in 2016 season. While many believe that he has played his last season in the NFL, the Broncos’ front office still wants to give him a little more time to make his decision.
Team president John Elway spoke with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday and said the team is willing to give him whatever he needs.
“I met with Peyton a couple nights ago and we had a good talk,” Elway said. “As I said after the game, we’ll give him as much time as he needs. He still needs some more time so we’re going to afford him that time. He deserves it after 18 years in this league.”
There have been some reports that said the Broncos were pushing Manning to make a decision so they can move forward in contract negotiations with Brock Osweiler, who seems to be the team’s guy if and when Manning retires. Elway also denied those reports saying the team isn’t in any hurry.
“We’re really not in a hurry,” Elway said. “It’s really fluid. We know where Brock is and he knows what we have to offer. We still have a great deal of interest in Brock and we’d like to do something with Brock. We’ll start down those tracks and we’ll start talking to Brock about a new contract and see what we can do there. But with that in mind, also affording Peyton the time that he deserves. We’re not in any rush. Like I said we have 12 days and we don’t feel like we’re in a rush there. We’ll continue to talk to Peyton during that time and continue to work with Brock and get something done with Brock.”
The Broncos have until March 8 to make a decision to either cut Manning or renegotiate his contract. If not, his $19 million salary will be guaranteed, no matter what he decides to do.
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