Manning will get 'plenty of time' to make retirement decision


John Elway said veteran Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be given as much time as he needs to decide whether to prolong his career.

The question of whether Manning will retire has become a topic of conversation leading into Super Bowl 50 as the Broncos prepare to face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The 39-year-old said "I don't know the answer to that question right now" when asked about his future on Monday.

And Broncos president Elway stated that there is no rush for Manning to make his mind up.

"He's got plenty of time, whatever time he needs. I think it's never going to be a quick decision," Elway is quoted as saying in the Denver Post.

"You don't want it to be. It's one that's going to change his life ... and it's always a hard decision, so we'll give him plenty of time."

Manning's older brother, Cooper, appeared on SiriusXM earlier this week and shared some insight into what Manning's decision-making process will be.

"I think after 18 years, you're afforded the luxury of making that decision when you're ready to make the decision," he said.

""It's more of a distraction right now, so go ahead and put it off until after the game. He'll talk to some people, some guys who have played a long time, talk to some folks he respects.

"Peyton doesn't make any rash decision, he weighs the pros and cons and does his homework. I think he'll do that after this game, kind of like he's done the last five or six years, and then make the call."

Manning was caught after the AFC championship game telling Patriots coach Bill Belichick, "this might be my last rodeo."