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Power Take: Win or lose, it’s time for Manning to say goodbye

Peyton Manning was preparing for Super Bowl 50 this week when ESPN reported the Rams had internal discussions about bringing him to Los Angeles next season. It sounded like the Rams were exploring all possibilities in the event Manning decided to squeeze another year from his career.

Several signs recently pointed toward him retiring. After the AFC Championship Game, he told Tom Brady and Bill Belichick this could be his “last rodeo” and wanted them to know how much he respected them. He reportedly told people in his inner circle that Sunday would be his final game.

Another Super Bowl win would be the perfect ending, but he should hang up his cleats no matter the result against the Panthers. Manning has 199 victories, including playoffs, tied with Brett Favre for most all time. The cold reality is he lost his fastball.

The last thing anyone wants to see is Manning playing with diminished skills for a mediocre team, the way Joe Namath did. If I had a rooting interest Sunday, it’s for Denver to win and Manning to walk away while he can.

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Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.

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