Earlier this week, comments made by Peyton Manning suggesting that he would return next season made the rounds. Those comments caused many, especially in Denver, to proclaim, that Peyton Manning will return in 2014.
While many have taken that proclamation as the gospel, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report has not. In fact, Freeman believes that Manning will indeed retire no matter what happens in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Seahawks. And many people that Freeman has spoken to around the league also feel the same.
I don’t believe it for a second, and I can tell you few people around theNFL believe it. Almost everyone thinks Manning is gone if he wins and plays well in the victory. In fact, many believe Manning is gone, win or lose.
The belief around football is that Manning is saying he hasn’t made up his mind because he doesn’t want to be the story of Super Bowl week. Imagine the pressure on the Broncos if Manning came out and said, “Yeah, I’m gone after this, dude. See ya.” It would be one of the biggest stories in Super Bowl history. Manning is a lot smarter than that.
Everything about this report makes sense. We all know Manning is one hit away from being seriously injured and we know he definitely has a life after football.
Manning also not wanting to become a distraction during Super Bowl week also makes sense. So if I had to guess which scenario I believe most, I would side with Freeman’s scenario.