All signs point to
Manning, the league’s only five-time most valuable player, is expected to announce next week whether he will be back for another season with the
Manning, who will turn 39 next month, has been working in New Orleans with trainer Mackie Shilstone, who specializes in training older athletes, among them tennis star Serena Williams and boxer Bernard Hopkins.
Manning was slowed by a quadriceps injury at the end of last season, and still needs to undergo a physical examination as mandated by his contract. Under his current deal, he will be guaranteed $19 million for next season if he is on the roster March 9, the eve of the NFL's new business year.
The Broncos have a new head coach in Gary Kubiak, and the strategy he used in Houston doesn't mesh with what Manning does best. Kubiak typically likes quarterbacks who are somewhat mobile, hand off the ball as much as they throw it, and don't change the plays at the line of scrimmage.
Still, if a coach has an opportunity to have Manning at quarterback, it's the coach who will be adjusting more than the player.
“Oh, hell yes,” Hall of Fame coach
Madden, who is close friends with Manning, was asked whether he'd be surprised if Manning decided to call it a career now.