Updated: February 13, 2015, 9:54 AM ET

By
Jeff Legwold | ESPN.com

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As he usually does, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning stuck to his plan and met with executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis on Thursday as he works through a decision over whether to play in 2015.
Team sources confirmed Thursday night that Ellis, aboard Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s plane, flew from the executive airport near the team’s suburban Denver complex to New Orleans on Thursday morning to pick up Manning. Ellis and Manning talked on the flight back to Denver. Manning then met with Elway once he arrived at the Dove Valley facility.
No decision was announced after Thursday’s discussions, given that Manning would have to undergo a check-up.
Manning had said in Phoenix two days before Super Bowl XLIX that he wanted to meet with both Elway and Ellis and “look them in the eye” to discuss a possible return for the 2015 season. Broncos officials had consistently said they believed the meeting would happen before Elway left for the scouting combine, which begins Tuesday in Indianapolis.
[+] EnlargeAP Photo/ Eric BakkePeyton Manning, right, met with Broncos general manager John Elway, left, and CEO Joe Ellis on Thursday, according to sources.
Elway and new Denver coach Gary Kubiak have said they want Manning back for his fourth season with the Broncos and 18th season overall. And the fact that the Broncos would send Bowlen’s plane to retrieve Manning from New Orleans would seem to mute reports that they weren’t sure they wanted him to return.
In the coming weeks, Manning will have an exam on his surgically repaired neck to gauge his health. The Broncos also need to be armed with the information from that exam because Manning’s salary for 2015 — $19 million — will be guaranteed if he is on the roster on March 9, the day before the start of the new league year and the opening of free agency.
The Broncos have said it’s not the vertebrae fused in the surgery that would be a concern but rather the areas just above or just below the fusion because those are where any degeneration would occur.
In Phoenix, however, Manning said he didn’t think the exam would be an issue.
“Don’t see it being that significant, I feel pretty confident I would pass that physical, that my neck is in good shape,” … – Click Here To Visit Article Source