Manning aware of contract deadline, agent says


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning knows he cannot wait much longer to make a decision about whether or not to retire.

Manning's $19million base salary for 2016 becomes guaranteed on Wednesday.

While the Broncos are not rushing Manning on a decision, they do need to know soon because the 39-year-old's back-up in Denver, Brock Osweiler, is set to be a free agent.

"There's a time when the contract becomes guaranteed, so they'll just have to make a move before then," Manning's agent, Tom Condon, told Mighty 1090 on Friday. "He's completely aware of the guarantee obligation from the club on a date certain, and he knows that there has to be some accommodation prior to that."

The accommodation could mean the Broncos release Manning before March 9 so they are not on the hook for his salary.

It also gives Manning more time, if he needs it, to decide whether he wants to keep playing. 

"I couldn't answer that accurately," Condon said when asked about Manning's future.

"I know better than to ask him. I understand that when he makes up his mind as to what he wants to do, he's gonna let me know. But as of now, he wanted to take his time and be patient with the decision and make sure that he is sure.

"Let's face it, he loves it. He loves being the locker room, he loves working out and of course the interaction with his team-mates, and he loves the game."

The Los Angeles Rams have been reported to be one of the teams interested in Manning if he wants to play in 2016.

"Obviously anybody who's going to make a move or is contemplating making a move like that is taking into consideration all the different football factors," Condon said.

"And of course as meticulous in his preparation as he is about virtually everything you'd have to assume that he's considering all of the football factors and I'd guess less about the business."