Peyton tells Broncos he's ready to play in 2015 – New York Post
Peyton Manning is ready, willing and able to play football next season, but whether or not that comes with the Broncos is still very much up in the air.
League and team sources told ESPN.com that Manning is “physically and mentally prepared to play at a significant level in 2015,” and expressed that sentiment to Broncos officials, including John Elway, the team’s general manager.
Though retirement does remain an option for Manning, it is not one that he expressed to Elway and team CEO Joe Ellis.
Both sides hope to have “clarity” on Manning’s future by the end of next week at the latest, there is no absolute deadline for a resolution, according to ESPN.com sources.
Through the first half of the 2014 season, Manning was one of the league’s best quarterbacks, as he threw for 22 touchdowns against just three interceptions in the Broncos’ first seven games.
Nevertheless, Manning’s performance dipped after that, as over the last nine games of the regular season, his completion percentage dropped five points, and he threw just 17 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.
In a Week 15 win against the Chargers in San Diego, Manning injured his quadriceps then struggled mightily the next week in Cincinnati, throwing four interceptions.
Manning’s worst performance of the season came on the biggest stage, a home divisional-round loss to the Colts when he needed 46 attempts to amass 211 passing yards as the Broncos meekly bowed out of the playoffs with a 24-13 loss.
After the season, Manning spent 2¹/₂ weeks in New Orleans getting a “comprehensive evaluation” from performance manager and trainer Mackie Shilstone.
A source told ESPN.com that Shilstone, who has worked with several elite athletes who are nearing the end of their careers, gave the quarterback a “strong assessment” based on numerous workouts and tests.
If Manning is on the team’s roster on March 9 — one day before the league’s new business year begins — he will be guaranteed $19 million next season.
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