Broncos still waiting for Peyton Manning’s decision on future

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Peyton Manning (file image)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 24, 2016) – The Peyton Manning Watch continues, and Denver coach Gary Kubiak didn’t offer much clarity as to when a decision on Manning’s future must be made.

Even so, it will be sooner rather than later.

“The bottom line is we made a decision how we’re going to go about it and it’s him taking his time, to work through things, think through things,” Kubiak said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. “There’s no hurry here. (We) want him to enjoy what just took place and we’ll go from there.”

Manning and the Broncos still are basking in the warmth of their 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. It marked Manning’s second Super Bowl championship, adding to the one he helped the Indianapolis Colts capture after the 2006 season.

But the overriding post-game storyline after Super Bowl 50 was whether that would be the final game of Manning’s decorated 18-year career. He deflected those questions in his press conference after the game.

Manning, Kubiak and Denver executive vice president of football operations John Elway met shortly after the Super Bowl victory. All parties decided Manning should take time and not make an emotional, knee-jerk reaction on his future.

However, the clock is ticking.

If there’s a deadline, it’s March 9, at which time Manning’s $19 million base salary for 2016 becomes guaranteed.

“I think he and John have had some conversations,” Kubiak said. “I had a brief one with him (Tuesday). We’ll be talking, probably today.

“But we want him to take his time and we’ll work from there. Nothing’s changed.”

It’s believed the Broncos already have made the decision internally to move on from Manning, a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player. Manning turns 40 March 24 and his availability and effectiveness have been impacted the past two seasons by injuries.

Denver’s future undoubtedly rests in the hands of Brock Osweiler, who becomes a restricted free agent March 9.

Re-signing Osweiler, not retaining Manning, undoubtedly is the prime objective.

“I think (Osweiler) has a bright future, obviously,” Kubiak said. “We think the world of him and want him to be a part of our football team

“He’s been really special with the job he’s done this year.”

You can follow Mike Chappell on Twitter at @mchappell51

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