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Peyton Manning's career looks to be over

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    Looks to me like Peyton Manning's career is over. It really sucks to think that the last game he might ever play in will be in the loss to Indy in the Divisional playoffs. But I guess the odds of any QB going out on a loss are quite high. I mean, you would have to win the Super Bowl to NOT go out on a loss, right?

    Do you think that was the last time we will ever see Peyton suit up in the NFL? I really don't want to see the guy stop, as he is one of my favorite players of all time. But his arm looks about done. And he is plenty old enough to turn it in. Plus, he holds so many records. At this point, how in the world could he not get into the HOF, and wouldn't the only reason for him to continue to play be to get another ring? I don't think he needs it to prove his elite play to anyone at this point.
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    I wouldn't be surprised if he has played his last game. As you said, it is nearly impossible to go out on top and he's still had one hell of a career. I just don't see him being able to muster up a Super Bowl winning season next year. He's a phenomenal quarterback and will undoubtedly be heading to the Hall of Fame five years from now if he chooses to call it quits this year.
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    Apparently he was playing the last month of football with a sprained quad, that was left off the injury report. www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/broncos/2015/01/12/peyton-manning-quad-injury...
    That explains the lackluster play. Might mean he doesn't retire after all. If we weren't seeing him at 100%, that's means he likely still has a year or two of NFL worthy play left in him after all.
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    If Manning feels he can be fully recovered from the injury next season, then that specific injury should not be a factor. However, at his age he is less mobile and more prone to injury. Next season could be something else...maybe the neck. In any case, it sounds like the Denver Broncos will be going through an upheaval in the off-season with some of the assistant coaches moving on and salary caps preventing the Broncos from resigning some of the stars of this season. It may not be something that Manning wants to go through again...it's sort of like starting all over with a new team.

    Having said that if does want to play one more year, he needs to come out soon and publicly tell everyone and be upbeat and positive about it. With Manning as the designated QB, the team will be able to compete for talent to replace those players that decide to take higher offers elsewhere.

    John Elway, at age 38, was the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl. Manning is currently 38, and if he goes for it next year and is successful, he will have the distinction of being the oldest. I would like to see him try.

    NFL: 10 Oldest Quarterbacks in Super Bowl History (Main QBs)
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    I think so. Manning will go down as one of the best players in history. And he knows it. He also knows if he doesn't get out while he is on top (Super Bowl or not), then there is just another long season of training ahead. On top of that, it could mean another year of potential failure. If you ask me it's not worth it.
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    Maybe Manning will retire from playing football for other reasons. He and his wife Ashley became the proud parents of twins, boy and girl, on March 21, 2011. That would make them four years old in another two months. The potential for an injury must play on his mind, although that didn't deter him from retiring when he had the neck injury.
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    Yeah. The sore leg puts his recent play into proper perspective. And the kids thing is a good point. Soon they will be going to school, and that's a big milestone for a guy that's pushing 40. I think he can still play 1 more season at a very high level. But I don't know that he should.. Can't imagine Denver wanting him to quit though. Manning at the tail end of his career is with out a doubt still miles better (you gotta think) than his replacement's first year. Even if the next guy up is the next franchise qb, it will take a while to cultivate that talent. And that means a rebuilding year for Denver next year. Likely so long and fair well to first round byes in the playoffs if Manning does end up retiring.
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    One other factor. Manning was booed by his own fans as they got impatient with all the three and outs. And now looking at a MileHighReport poll, 58 percent of the respondents say they don't want Manning back. Of course these are the hard core unforgiving fans that hate it that we lost again in the play-offs. Their bitterness is reflected in their voting.

    The 6-foot-7, 240 pound, Brock Osweiler, the 2nd round draft pick and heir apparent to Manning just hasn't had enough playing time to fully evaluate. Of course he's had three years to watch Manning from the sidelines so that should be worth something.
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    Schmidt Wrote: One other factor. Manning was booed by his own fans as they got impatient with all the three and outs. And now looking at a MileHighReport poll, 58 percent of the respondents say they don't want Manning back. Of course these are the hard core unforgiving fans that hate it that we lost again in the play-offs. Their bitterness is reflected in their voting.

    The 6-foot-7, 240 pound, Brock Osweiler, the 2nd round draft pick and heir apparent to Manning just hasn't had enough playing time to fully evaluate. Of course he's had three years to watch Manning from the sidelines so that should be worth something.
    Bring back Tim Tebow!!! Screw those fans that booed. You are lucky enough to have Peyton Manning on your team. He has made your franchise viable again. He brought you to a Super Bowl last year. Pipe down.
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    Schmidt Wrote: Maybe Manning will retire from playing football for other reasons. He and his wife Ashley became the proud parents of twins, boy and girl, on March 21, 2011. That would make them four years old in another two months. The potential for an injury must play on his mind, although that didn't deter him from retiring when he had the neck injury.
    And he would have every right to do that. He will be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks of our time. He shouldn't do what Brett Favre did and keep playing after his time is up. I'm not saying he's there yet, but he will be in the near future. He might as well go out on top and be able to watch your kids grow up.
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    Brock Osweiler has been Peyton Manning's back-up for three years. Another player who sat on the bench for three years? Aaron Rodgers. However, Rodgers just didn't waste time on the bench watching Brett Favre. He learned and sharpened his skills on the scout team and at "Quarterbacks School". And when his time came after three years, he was ready.

    I don't know if Brock Osweiler's is directly comparable to Rodgers, but I hope at least that Denver has groomed him the way Mike McCarthy did with Rodgers.
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    Schmidt Wrote: Brock Osweiler has been Peyton Manning's back-up for three years. Another player who sat on the bench for three years? Aaron Rodgers. However, Rodgers just didn't waste time on the bench watching Brett Favre. He learned and sharpened his skills on the scout team and at "Quarterbacks School". And when his time came after three years, he was ready.

    I don't know if Brock Osweiler's is directly comparable to Rodgers, but I hope at least that Denver has groomed him the way Mike McCarthy did with Rodgers.
    Doubtful. Don't get me wrong, Denver is a good program. And with Elway as the owner, I imagine they drafted Osweiler for a good reason. But that's just a coincidence with the 3 year thing. Rodgers likely could have started his first year in. And while he likely wouldn't have been quite as polished, my guess is he would be ever bit the QB Andrew Luck in Indy has been the first 3 seasons of his career. I don't think Osweiler is cut from the same talent cloth. We shall see soon enough though.
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    Reports are that Manning has stated a desire to return to the Broncos, but he would first have to pass a mandatory physical.

    Sports Illustrated: Report: Manning plans to return to Broncos in 2015

    Hey if he passes the physical and returns he earns $19 million for 2015. That's hard to pass up.