At this point now, it'd be a complete shock if Peyton Manning announced he was retiring from the NFL. All signs point to Manning returning for his 18th season, and the decision could come as early as next week, ESPN reports.

It seems that Manning has been talking to new head coach Gary Kubiak about the offense. Sources say Manning is willing to work with Kubiak's scheme, and Kubiak is willing to fit the scheme in accordance to Manning's strengths.

Manning made his first public experience at the NFL Honors on Saturday night since his Denver Broncos lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs earlier in January.

Manning presented the MVP award, which was given to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers himself said he wanted Manning to come back when receiving the award from the five-time MVP.


With a new coaching staff and an all-star squad, the Broncos are easily Super Bowl contenders for next season.

The main question will be is how the Broncos can handle Manning down the stretch. Manning showed signs of wearing down towards the end of the season. In Kubiak's scheme, which features running the ball a lot more, it should be able to help Manning and allow him to remain fresh for the playoffs.

Looking forward to what Manning has to say next week.


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