Peyton Manning Reportedly Set to Announce Retirement

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots speak after the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Many expected Peyton Manning to retire after the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers, and the quarterback dropped a major hint to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick following the AFC Championship Game.

It appears he has made a decision on his future and will soon make an announcement.

Continue for updates.

Manning Expected to Announce Retirement

Sunday, March 6

Mike Klis of 9News reported on Saturday that "Manning is expected to either announce his retirement or reveal he wants to keep his options open for a while longer" on Monday or Tuesday.

On Sunday morning, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Manning will announce his retirement on Monday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport stated a press conference will be held in which "[general manager] John Elway and others will weigh in."

Manning would retire with many NFL records to his name, as documented by James Dator of SB Nation:

  • NFL career passing touchdown record: 539
  • Most passing yards, career: 71,940
  • Single season touchdown record (2013): 55
  • Most passing yards, season (2013): 5,477
  • Most wins (including playoffs): 200
  • One of two quarterbacks to ever beat all 32 teams (along with Brett Favre)
  • First quarterback to beat 31 franchises: 2007
  • Most Associated Press NFL MVP awards: 5 (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013)

On March 3, James Palmer of NFL Network reported the Broncos "haven't told [Manning] they'll cut him if he doesn't retire" and that they'll wait for him to decide whether he's retiring before proceeding. 

Woody Paige of the Denver Post reported on Feb. 27 Manning planned to announce his decision to retire by the end of that week. However, Broncos vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth later said Manning had yet to decide on his future.

Manning Comments on Future During Speech in Florida

Friday, March 4

“My vision is to compete against the very best at the highest level,” Manning said while speaking publicly in Florida, per ESPN's Michele Steele (h/t Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk).

Manning Reportedly Won't Have to Take Physical

Thursday, March 3 

Rapoport noted that while Manning has a physical with the Broncos on Friday, he simply needs to notify the team he is available to take it and doesn't need to actually take the exam.  

Manning's Agent Comments on QB's Future

Wednesday, March 2

"To tell you the truth, I know that Peyton has not decided," Manning's agent, Tom Condon, said, per Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. Condon continued:

The only thing he said is I want to take my time and I want to make a good decision. I don't want to go back on anything. And then he said, 'I really like to play.' And I said 'OK, a year from now you'll say I really like to play and 20 years from now, you'll say I really like to play.'


With Peyton, they're looking for somebody that's going to set an example for the rest of the team, who is going to provide leadership and who is going to teach everybody what it takes to be a world-class player. Some teams look at him and say we want him to be a part of our administration. He's going to have a lot of opportunities, and deservedly so.

Cole: Manning Unhappy About Media Leaks

Wednesday, March 2

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported Manning is not pleased with the latest reports surrounding his future:

Manning Reportedly Has Desire to Continue Career

Tuesday, March 1

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Manning would like to extend his career despite coming off of a Super Bowl victory. However, Schefter noted "it's tough to see" an option for him to do so emerging. 

Manning Reportedly Won't Return to Broncos If QB Decides to Play in '16-17

Monday, Feb. 15

Charlie Campbell of reported on Manning's future with the Broncos:

[Elway] is done with [Manning], and he won't be back with the team next year. The relationship between Manning and Elway has deteriorated over the past season, and Elway is ready to move on. Manning is faced with a decision on retiring, but sources say he won't be returning to Denver if he decides he wants to play next year.

Archie Manning Comments on Peyton's Retirement Plans

Friday, Feb. 5

"Maybe not totally," Archie Manning said when asked about whether his son has made up his mind about retirement, per Jeff Legwold of ESPN. "He probably envisions himself getting good and healthy. If he is good and healthy, can he play? I think he pretty much knows that it wouldn't be with the Broncos, and that would be another thing, to change teams."

Rams Have Discussed Manning

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Schefter reported the Los Angeles Rams have had "internal discussions" about adding Manning if he wants to play another season.

Manning Facing Potential Hip Procedure 

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reported a doctor told Manning he will need a hip replaced later in life.

Manning's Contract May Speed Up Decision Timeline

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Joel Corry of CBS Sports reported on Feb. 2 that Manning's $19 million salary for 2016 becomes fully guaranteed on March 9, adding that Elway "can't give [Manning] all the time he needs to make a decision."

Manning Has Discussed Retirement With Friends 

Monday, Feb. 1

"The reality is he let the cat out of the bag a little bit," said NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Super Bowl Live, per colleague Austin Knoblauch. "I also know he has told close friends that he expects this to be his last game as well."

Manning Considering Retirement

Tuesday, Jan. 26

NFL Network cameras (via Showtime's Inside the NFL) captured Manning telling Belichick, "This might be my last rodeo" after the AFC Championship Game.

Palmer reported he has been told Manning "has not mentioned this to his teammates in any way."

The 39-year-old quarterback admitted in an interview in January he's at least considering walking away from the game, per Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.

"I'd be lying if I said I'm not thinking about that," Manning said.

All Signs Pointed to Manning Retiring After Super Bowl 50

It was assumed after the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 victory that the game was Manning's last, much in the same way Elway retired following the team's win in Super Bowl XXXIII. Winning a title—and beating Tom Brady along the way—would be the perfect conclusion to a legendary career.

His injury-plagued 2011 campaign aside, Manning had his statistically worst season in 2015, averaging 224.9 yards per game with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Additionally, he dealt with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

The Broncos would also be best served by moving on to Brock Osweiler at quarterback next season rather than banking on Manning to deliver for another campaign. Manning's retirement would help Denver avoid what would otherwise be a massive headache in the offseason.