Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was flown to Denver by the team on Thursday and met with Broncos general manager John Elway at the team's headquarters. He has not yet announced a decision on whether to play in 2015.
According to the report, Denver president Joe Ellis picked up Manning in New Orleans. Manning left Denver that evening, but was not ready to announce whether he will play next season or not.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Manning is training back home in New Orleans with the intent of playing in 2015.
Next season would be Manning's 18th in the NFL. Late last month, Manning said he'd like to make a decision on his return "in the near future." The Post first reported Manning's desire to return to the Broncos on Jan. 21, but indicated that Manning wouldn't decide until after undergoing a physical examination. Manning had multiple neck surgeries before signing with the Broncos in 2012, and he has his neck tested by specialists each offseason to ensure it can withstand another full NFL season.
Manning, who will turn 39 next month, has reportedly been evaluated by renowned fitness trainer Mackie Shilstone and is expected to begin training with him this week.
Manning is due $19 million over each of the next two seasons, the last of the five-year, $96 million contract he signed with the Broncos in 2012.
Last season, Manning finished fourth in the NFL in passing yards (4,727), second in passing touchdowns (39) and fourth in passer rating (101.5). The 17-year veteran is 2,148 yards shy of breaking the NFL record for most career passing yards currently held by Brett Favre.
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