Is Peyton Manning Really Considering Retirement? Sure Sounds Like It

Peyton Manning will start for the Broncos next weekend in their AFC Divisional Playoff Game, earning the nod over Brock Osweiler, who started Denver’s final seven regular-season contests.

Could it be the last time we see Manning on an NFL gridiron?

It sure seems possible, as the 39-year-old quarterback has battled injuries and inconsistency this season, leading some to wonder whether the Broncos should stick with Osweiler as they begin their playoff run. But Manning never really has shed light on the topic of retirement.

Until now.

Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post asked Manning on Thursday after Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak announced his divisional-round starter whether this feels like his last rodeo.

“I’d be lying,” Manning said, “if I said I’m not thinking about that.”

Now, this obviously doesn’t mean Manning definitely is going to hang up the cleats whenever Denver’s season ends. He still has one season remaining on his contract with the Broncos. Retirement clearly has become a consideration, though.

Cherish the final moments while you can, even if they’re ugly.

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Thumbnail photo via Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning

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