Peyton Manning still mulling whether to return to Broncos in 2015

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PHOENIX -- Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said Friday he has not decided whether to return for a fourth season with the team in 2015.

Manning was in the Super Bowl host city to receive the Bart Starr Award, chosen by NFL peers based on character and contributions on and off the field.

Manning spoke in front of an audience at the Super Bowl Breakfast but did not address his future until speaking with reporters afterward. Manning believes he will have a decision sooner rather than later.

“I’m not interested in making this a lingering thing,” he said. “I’d like to make a decision soon.”

Manning suffered a quadriceps injury late in the season and was hobbled in the last three regular-season games and the AFC Divisional playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts that ended the Broncos' season.

A day after the loss to the Colts, coach John Fox and the Broncos agreed to mutually split. Fox has since landed as coach of the Chicago Bears, while the Broncos hired Gary Kubiak as their coach.

Asked if working in a new offensive system under Kubiak would be a problem, Manning said:  "Aside from the Delware Blue Hen wing-T, I feel comfortable in any offense. I really do. I don't see that being a problem."

Manning has led the Broncos to a 38-10 regular-season record and three AFC West titles, but the team has suffered two home playoff losses after coming off a bye sandwiched around an embarrassing loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII last year.

Manning will undergo a physical specifically looking at his neck for which he had multiple surgeries before joining the team. But the other injuries for Manning, who will turn 39 in March, could send him into retirement.

Manning's $19 million base salary for next season becomes guaranteed March 10 and Broncos General Manager John Elway has told Manning to take his time in deciding his future.

“I’d like to make a decision soon, but at the same time, you know, (the Broncos) have instructed me to take some time," Manning said.

Manning was chosen for the Bart Starr Award based on his PeyBack Foundation, which has provided more than $10 million to at-risk youth in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee since 1999.

“I’ve always had the greatest admiration for Bart Starr because of his leadership, integrity and success as an NFL quarterback,” Manning said. “He’s a Hall of Fame player and, most importantly, a Hall of Fame person who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to giving back. To be recognized with this prestigious honor named after Bart and voted on by my peers is very humbling.”

 

 

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