INDIANAPOLIS — The Broncos and Peyton Manning are facing a time crunch, whether they like it or not.
Manning is still deciding whether he wants to continue his NFL career, which began here in Indianapolis nearly 18 years ago. His general manager, John Elway, has been giving him plenty of time to deliberate since Denver’s Super Bowl win on Feb. 7.
There’s a potential problem, though: Backup quarterback Brock Osweiler needs to sign with the Broncos by March 8, or else he will enter free agency.
If Manning is still on the roster March 9, his salary for the upcoming season becomes fully guaranteed. Its a situation that could leave Denver without any quarterback experience if Osweiler elects to leave and Manning retires.
Elway did not appear worried at the NFL scouting combine.
“We’re really not in a hurry,” Elway said. “Everything is still really fluid. We know where Brock is. Brock knows what we have to offer, and we still have a great deal of interest in Brock.”
He met with Manning on Tuesday night to discuss the future of the organization.
“We had a good talk,” Elway said. “As I said after the game, we’re gonna give him as much time as he needs. He still needs some more time, so we’re gonna afford him that time. He’s deserved that after 18 years in this league.”
The two will “stay in touch,” and then get back together in the “next week or two.”
For now, the Manning camp is mum.
“It’s still in his court,” Elway said. “We’re still gonna give him that time and let him enjoy the win. It’s only two and a half weeks since we won.”