Peyton Manning’s younger brother Eli and father Archie both believe the quarterback would not switch teams if he plays in the NFL next season.
Eli told the New York Post he thinks it “would be tough” for Peyton to play for another team besides the Broncos. Archie told ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” he didn’t think Peyton “would want to do that” when it comes to playing for another team.
Though Manning has not confirmed, there have been reports that Super Bowl 50 will be his last game. Both Eli and Archie said they don’t anticipate Peyton making an announcement after the game, with Archie saying Peyton “probably envisions himself getting good and healthy.”
This season, Manning was listed as a backup for the first time in his career during Week 17. He played in 10 games during the regular season, posting the lowest passer rating of his career.
Wednesday, ESPN reported the Los Angeles Rams could be interested in Manning if he were to become a free agent. Broncos backup quarterback Brock Osweiler played well in Manning’s absence during the regular season, throwing six touchdowns in eight games and posting an 86.4 passer rating.
If Manning were to switch teams, he wouldn't be the first Hall-of-Fame-quarterback-to-be to take that route. Broncos fans, no doubt, are hoping he puts himself in position to do what do what only one quarterback in the Super Bowl era has done before him—retire as a Super Bowl winner, matching Denver GM and president John Elway.
Sunday will go a long way in determining that outcome.