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Manning's return to the Broncos for the 2015 season has been confirmed, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, Manning has agreed to a reduced salary (from $19 million to $15 million) for the coming season, a deal that was confirmed Thursday after the QB passed his physical. With the added financial flexibility created by Manning's re-worked contract as free agency approaches, the Broncos can now focus on maintaining a strong supporting cast around their franchise QB, who will return for his fourth season with the team.
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Manning is reportedly nearing an agreement to take a $4 million pay cut this coming season, ESPN.com reports.
Per the expected agreement -- which will not become final until the veteran QB passes a physical exam -- Manning, who had been on track to earn $19 million, will now be in line to make a $15 million base salary in 2015. In addition to helping cement Manning's anticipated return this coming season, the deals frees up valuable financial resources for the Broncos in advance of NFL free agency.
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Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that he expects Manning to return for the 2015 season, Denver Post reports.Nearly three weeks after saying he was "not interested in making this a lingering thing," Manning still has yet to announce his decision whether to return for an 18th NFL season. However, Kubiak doesn't seem concerned in the least, saying that Manning and GM John Elway are simply "working through the process." Manning, who recently underwent a comprehensive physical and received a strong assessment, is set to make $19 million in salary this upcoming season.
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Manning met with Broncos officials Thursday and intimated that he is physically and mentally prepared to play at a significant level in 2015, ESPN.com reports.The 39-year-old Manning recently took it upon himself to get a comprehensive physical evaluation, and he reportedly received a strong assessment. The quad injury that hampered Manning at the end of last season is said to be fully healed. Sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that while retirement technically remains an option, it was not one Manning expressed to GM John Elway or CEO Joe Ellis on Thursday. There is no deadline for Manning to come to a decision on his future, but both Manning and the Broncos are hoping to have clarity on the matter by the middle of next week.
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Manning plans to speak with Broncos general manager John Elway and president Joe Ellis before making a final decision on playing in 2015, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.The talk will happen before the NFL combine, which runs from Feb. 17-23. The Broncos have asked Manning to make a final decision by March 9, as his 2015 salary becomes fully guaranteed the next day, if he's still on the roster. Assuming his end-of-season physical clears him to keep playing, Manning will likely give it another go.
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Though Manning (quad) reportedly wants to return to the Broncos for the 2015 season, a final decision on that front figures to wait until he takes an annual physical, which is called for by his contract, Woody Paige of the Denver Post reports.
Per the report, the Broncos have requested that Manning -- who the team wants back -- let them know his plans by March 9. Assuming the QB is on the team's roster on March 10, his $19 million salary for the 2015 season would become fully guaranteed. At this point it would be a surprise if Manning didn't return to play under new coach Gary Kubiak. The veteran QB, who turns 39 in March, is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded 4,727 passing yards to go along with 39 TDs and 15 picks.
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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Manning played Sunday's game against the Colts, as well as the past month of the season, with a torn right quad.
Per the report, Manning suffered the injury on Dec. 14, but the veteran QB continued to practice and play through the issue. In any case, Manning's struggles in Sunday's divisional round playoff loss to the Colts now have some added context. With the Broncos eliminated from the postseason, Manning has plenty of time moving forward in which to heal up from his various aches and pains, while he mulls his future with the team.
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Manning completed 26-of-46 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Colts.
Manning started the game with an excellent drive that led to a one-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, but it was all downhill from there. The 38-year-old quarterback spent the rest of the first half taking a surprising number of shots down the field, and he wasn't able to connect on any of them, with a lost fumble further hurting his cause. Manning threw more short passes in the second half, and yet the Broncos still had trouble sustaining drives. While a strong effort from the Vontae Davis-led Indy defense was a big factor, Manning struggled with his accuracy, throwing power and decision making. It was easily one of the worst games he's played in a remarkable career, and his inability to get any power behind his throws brings up questions about his health. Of course, Manning hasn't displayed good arm strength in quite some time, as he's mostly made a living in Denver with excellent pre-snap reads and accurate short or intermediate passes. If it was just this one game, the poor showing could perhaps be written off, but Manning also struggled at the end of the regular season as the Broncos shifted to a run-heavy offense. According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, Manning was non-committal when asked after Sunday's game whether he will return next season. He mentioned that he'll have to consider a slew of different factors, and one of those may be the Broncos' coaching staff, as John Fox is rumored to be in danger of losing his job. A decision probably won't come until at least February or March, but for all the drama that's sure to surround the circumstances, it would be rather surprising if Manning retired on such a low note. He did throw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns this season, and it seems likely that an injury -- perhaps the one to his thigh -- contributed to the late downturn. Assuming he comes back, Manning will likely still be one of the top options at his position, but he won't be nearly the sure-thing that he was heading into this season.
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Manning (thigh) completed 21-of-37 passes for 273 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
The Broncos led for nearly the entire game, leaving little for Manning to do, as running back C.J. Anderson scored three touchdowns before two minutes had expired in the third quarter. Manning threw for at least three touchdowns eight times in the first 12 weeks, but he's thrown only three touchdowns in the last four games, which getting picked off six times. He finishes the regular season with 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns, both very impressive figures, though both also down from his 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns last season.
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Manning (thigh) completed 28-of-44 passes for 311 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions, in Monday's 37-28 loss to the Bengals.
Manning's late-season slump continued, and while he led a vicious rally during the third quarter, he otherwise struggled throughout the game. Rarely do you see a four-interception game where all the picks can primarily be blamed on the quarterback, but that was the case for Manning in rainy weather Monday night. The third interception was a killer, as the Broncos were trailing by two in the final three minutes, only to see Manning hand away a pick-six that essentially sealed the game. He threw another ugly interception on the following drive, ending any hope for a last-ditch comeback. The poor effort will raise further questions about Manning's health, but with the Broncos needing a win to lock down a bye week, the future Hall of Famer will presumably take the field for a favorable Week 17 matchup against the Raiders.