By SI Wire
January 29, 2015

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has not decided whether or not he will play next season, his father said. 

Manning, who will be 39 at the start of next season, said after Denver was eliminated from the playoffs that he was unsure if he would return for a fourth season with the Broncos. Denver GM John Elway said he expects Manning to return. A report last week from Woody Paige of The Denver Post cited three sources who said Manning would like to return but would wait until after his annual physical to make a final decision. 

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The physical is mandated by Manning's contract due to his 2011 neck surgery. Manning also reportedly played with a torn quad muscle this season.

In three seasons with the Broncos, Manning is 38-10 as a starter. He has thrown for 14,863 yards with 131 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. In 2013, Manning threw for a career-high 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns while leading the Broncos to the Super Bowl.

The Broncos and head coach John Fox announced they had mutually agreed to part ways shortly after the team was eliminated from the playoffs. Gary Kubiak was hired to replace him. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase left to take the same position with the Chicago Bears. Changes to the coaching staff are said to be a possible factor in Manning's decision. 

- Dan Gartland

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