Peyton Manning may be headed to retirement, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it might not be entirely of his own accord.
On ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio show, Schefter said that Manning would “like to continue playing if given the choice,” but he also implied that there aren’t many teams ready to sign the 14-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
“In a perfect world, he’d like to keep playing. The question is who is going to give him an opportunity?” Schefter told ESPN’s Mike Golic. “It’s tough to identify that team right now that’s willing to sign him to a deal that makes it worthwhile for him, that allows him to continue playing. Does he want to go move to another city? Because I think everyone accepts and understands that he’s not going to be back in Denver, so the question is where does he go and play?”
Schefter said that quarterback-needy teams like the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Rams aren’t interested in Manning, who will turn 40 this month.
“There are a couple of other opportunities that he’ll have,” Schefter said. “TV has expressed interest in him and my understanding is one network, well there are many of them, would like him to be a color analyst for games and could potentially put together a lucrative offer. I don’t know that he wants to do that. There are multiple teams that have already expressed interest in him working in a front office capacity. Eventually I think he winds up doing that, but not before he exhausts all options, and I think he’d like to continue playing if given the choice.”
Manning dealt with a foot injury during the 2015 season and missed six games, but threw just nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions in the 10 regular season games that he played. In three starts in the postseason, Manning threw two touchdowns and one interception, as the Broncos rode a dominant defense to a win in Super Bowl 50.
Schefter didn’t rule out a return to Denver for Manning, but said it would likely only happen if the Broncos lost Brock Osweiler in free agency.