If Peyton Manning does play another season in the NFL, he’ll reportedly be doing so with another team in 2016.
Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com reported Monday that the Denver Broncos are shifting their focus to other options at quarterback—be it re-signing Brock Osweiler or looking toward the draft for a long-term replacement for Manning.
Campbell added that the relationship between Manning and Broncos general manager John Elway soured during the past season, which would only point more to the two sides splitting up.
Manning hasn’t explicitly confirmed he will retire this offseason, deflecting the question after his team’s Super Bowl 50 win (starts at 50-second mark):
Legwold noted, however, that Manning’s $19 million base salary becomes guaranteed March 9. If he hasn’t decided his future by then, Elway will have to determine whether he plans on having the legendary quarterback around next season.
The timing would seemingly be perfect for Manning to walk away from his playing career. Like Elway, he has the opportunity to go out on top after his team won a title. Broncos running back C.J. Anderson told NFL Total Access (via NFL.com’s Tyler Dragon) that he believes Manning should retire on a high note.
“Let him ride off into the sunset in the correct way,” he said. “What else does he have to do? He’s got five MVPs, two Super Bowl rings, he’s first in every statistical category. My man 18, man, walk off, man. … It was a pleasure one-eight. I had fun with you.”
Manning may determine he wants to continue playing, though. Should that happen, the Broncos would be better off moving on and elevating Osweiler as long as they can re-sign him in free agency, as he arguably outperformed Manning during the regular season: