During a round-table discussion on Thursday, Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway told the media that he doesn’t know if Peyton Manning will decide to retire after this season.
“You know, I don’t know. I still think he’s young and he’s playing well. That’s going to come down to Peyton. It’s going to come down to what he wants to do,” said Manning via the New York Post.
“We’ll sit down after the season and find out where he is and what his thinking is. But to be where we are right now and talk to him about the future, I don’t think is productive right now.”
Elway can’t imagine Manning retiring after such a great season.
“I can’t imagine him not throwing 55 touchdown passes and 5,400 yards,’’ Elway said. “I guarantee you if I was in his shoes, I would have enjoyed it. I’m sure he is still enjoying it, and he’s on a good football team, which also late in your career, is crucial.
“Having been a football player before, when you leave this game, you want to leave it on your last leg, and try not to leave anything on the table,’’ Elway continued. “Anybody that’s a competitor, that’s kind of the way they want to leave the game. I was just fortunate to be able to be on two great football teams and be able to win world championships (in 1998 and ’99) when my last leg broke.”
Manning was asked on Thursday if it’s hard for him to block out any thoughts of retiring.
“I really don’t think it’s hard to block that out. As a matter of fact, I think it’s probably even easier to just hone in on what’s taking place right now. That has been my approach since the beginning of last season.
“You don’t take this for granted — especially when you’ve been through a major change and you’re in the home stretch of your career. When you go through a significant injury and have a major career change, you truly do go one year at a time and you don’t look past what’s going on now, because you are not sure what’s going to happen. Tomorrow is not promised.’’