The latest on the Broncos’ quarterbacks:
- Peyton Manning – out since mid-November with a foot injury – will return to action this week as Brock Osweiler‘s backup “if everything goes well,” head coach Gary Kubiak said (Twitter link via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post). Asked whether Manning could eventually take back the starting job from Osweiler, Kubiak stated, “I don’t want to go that far. Brock is our QB, and nothing has changed,” the NFL Network’s James Palmer tweeted. Added Manning (Twitter link via The Denver Post’s Troy Renck), “I will do what I can to help Brock and the team.”
- If Manning returns for his age-40 season in 2016, Renck expects him to be in another uniform because the writer believes Denver and Osweiler will agree to a multiyear contract in the coming months. Osweiler – a free agent-to-be – wants to remain a Bronco, and the team has been impressed by his progress, according to Renck. Osweiler, whom the Broncos drafted in the second round in 2012, has appeared in seven games this year and tossed nine touchdowns against four interceptions. As a result, he could ask for a deal in the range of $12MM to $15MM per annum, Renck notes.
- Regarding last weekend’s release of an Al Jazeera investigative documentary that accused Manning of taking performance-enhancing drugs in the past, he said (Twitter link via Jhabvala), “The report wasn’t true Sunday. Still isn’t true. Will never be true. I’m still angry about it.” Manning added that he welcomes a league investigation into the report, preferably soon, Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today tweeted. He won’t pursue legal action now, but it’s a possibility after the season (Twitter link via Palmer).