One month after winning the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning hasn’t retired. Didn’t he get the script? It was the perfect ending, Manning winning his final game and walking into the sunset.
His ego is getting the better of him. Manning is telling people he wants to keep playing. At a speech last week, he didn’t sound ready to retire and even joked about the matter.
The Broncos want him to quit. They owe Manning $19 million if he’s on the roster Tuesday. They might have to cut him. They’re working on a new contract with Brock Osweiler, their QB-in-waiting.
Manning turns 40 this month. His arm is shot. Denver won the Bowl despite him. By coming back, he’d join the list of pathetic athletes who hung around too long, like Joe Namath and Willie Mays.
Meanwhile, Tom Brady signed a two-year extension, which keeps him with the Pats through the 2019 season. Brady, who says he can play into his 40s, would be 42 at the end of that deal.
Maybe Brady’s deal made Manning more reluctant to retire. The thought of his rival playing four more years must be tough to swallow.