Report: Peyton Manning’s Chances of Retiring Could Be ‘Better Than’ 50 Percent


Report: Peyton Manning's Chances of Retiring Could Be 'Better Than' 50 PercentPeyton Manning hasn't suited up for the Colts this season and his future is a bit up in the air as he battles back from offseason neck surgery. But could his career be over?

That's the feeling that Fox Sports' Chris Myers has after speaking with the Indianapolis quarterback this weekend. In fact, Myers thinks there's "better than" a 50 percent chance Manning will retire.

On Sunday evening, Fox Sports Radio's Ben Maller tweeted: "Fox's Chris Myers reporting on FSR, after speaking with Colts Peyton Manning in Indy, he feels better than 50% chance Manning retires."

The report should be taken with a grain of salt, as Manning never specifically said he was planning to hang up the cleats. Rather it was Myers who came away with that impression after speaking with the 35-year-old. Either way, it's obvious there's more questions than answers right now when it comes to Manning.

The 11-time Pro Bowler, who had neck surgery in September, told reporters that he plans to have another X-ray/checkup on Wednesday, according to Manning reportedly offered no update in terms of how his rehab is progressing. The operation in September was his third in 19 months, and he remains out indefinitely.

Making matters even more interesting is the fact that the Colts are sitting at 0-11 and in position to land the first overall pick in April's draft. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has long been the projected No. 1 pick, leading to questions about how the Colts will approach the situation.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the Colts will take Luck if they end up with the No. 1 overall selection.

Manning signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Colts in July. The Colts have already paid him $26.4 million this season, and will be forced to pay him another $28 million in March if they don't cut ties with him, Business Insider reports.

In other words, it's going to be an interesting offseason in Indianapolis — much more interesting than the ongoing Curtis PainterDan Orlovsky era.

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