It seems Peyton Manning’s last action as an NFL QB will have been hoisting the Lombardi trophy as SuperBowl Champion. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that a source close to Manning has confirmed that retirement is next for the NFL’s all time leading passer and will be confirmed in a press conference at Bronco’s headquarters on Monday. Manning leaves the game with too many records to list including career passing yards (71,940), career touchdown passes (539), season yardage (5,477), season TD’s (55) and wins (200). A 7-time first team All Pro selection, the debate about Manning’s inclusion in the Hall of Fame will likely be a very short one! Manning joins a long list of potential Hall of Famers to retire this season with Charles Woodson, Marshawn Lynch and Jared Allen all having already called time on their careers. For Denver, little changes with this announcement as the team was preparing for life without Manning regardless of his decision and have extended contract offers to heir apparent Brock Osweiler, a prospective free agent. Expect those talks to gather pace in the next few days as Denver will be loath to let the young passer reach the market given the dearth of available talent at the position. The full story on Manning’s retirement will be available tomorrow once the announcement is made official.
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