Latest On Peyton Manning

One of the oldest adages in broadcast journalism is to “be careful around a hot mic.” Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning didn’t follow that rule in the immediate aftermath of the AFC Championship Game and, as a result, he may have let some big news slip. Peyton Manning (vertical)

This might be my last rodeo,” Manning is heard saying to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, as Allison Sylte and Mike Klis of 9NEWS write. “So, it sure has been a pleasure.”

Manning is entering the final year of his contract with the Broncos and many have speculated that he will not be back with Denver in 2016. Manning’s understudy, Brock Osweiler, showed promise in his second-half stint as the team’s starter and he is due to hit the open market this spring. If Manning were to be brought back as the starter for 2016, Osweiler would almost certainly choose to go elsewhere as he would have numerous starting opportunities around the league. As Klis writes, even if Manning were to be named MVP of Super Bowl 50, he would be unlikely to be wearing orange next season. However, Manning’s words with Belichick are the strongest indication yet that Manning could just decide to retire altogether. For what it’s worth, Manning has given no such indication to teammates, as James Palmer of tweets.

Of course, this has not been Manning’s easiest season. The veteran QB got off to an atrocious start in Denver, though his struggles were largely masked by the team’s 8-0 record through the first half. In the second half, the injury bug ultimately put Manning on the bench and allowed Osweiler to take control under center. In December, a documentary by Al-Jazeera America led to allegations of HGH use by the quarterback, though Manning vehemently denies such claims.

Speaking of the HGH rumors, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press that the league launched an investigation weeks ago into Manning’s potential involvement with a PED supplier. The league’s investigation includes the review of records, interviews, and “coordination with other agencies,” per the AP. The league, however, will not be teaming up with the investigations being conducted by MLB and USADA, according to ESPN’s T.J. Quinn. League PR man Greg Aiello (on Twitter) says that the NFL has “worked with” both organizations from the start, but Quinn (link) asserts that the NFL is only communicating with them and not working in tandem.

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  1. Man Peyton has had a great career. Cam will win the Super Bowl though

    • Thronson5

      Wish he could win one more before he goes out but don’t see that happening. I like Cam a lot too and wouldn’t be mad if the Panthers won it.

      • adwagg

        My Broncos will win this game because they are a grind it out team

        • JD396

          If they can swarm over Cam like they did over Brady, it’ll be an interesting game.

        • Man I hope so but nope

    • Chris

      I agree

  2. Joe Barrett

    Cam hasnt faced a defense like this,his lack of big time receivers can cause him some problems. Olsen is the main guy to contend with. We are fast and athletic on defense, its gonna be a close game. Thank you Peyton for the last couple of yrs,Total Class Act and a great competitor . Hopefully the old man has one more in him to go out on top,like his boss elway. Either way at least the Patriots are sitting home.

    • Dwalt

      Yeah just think if NE had a Offensive Line, Manning’s career could already be over.

    • Dwalt

      If only NE had a Offensive Line Manning’s career would already be over.

      Think the Panthers will take this one.

  3. Dwalt

    Just think if New England had a offensive line Manning’s career would already be over.

  4. Dwalt

    Wow phone froze my bad.

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