According to Florio’s source, Manning wants to play in 2016 regardless of whether he stays with the Broncos.
Manning’s contract will pay him $19 million through next season, but if he is benched in favor of 25-year-old backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, he could seek to explore other options.
Osweiler started in place of Manning on Sunday as the 39-year-old recovers from a partially torn plantar fascia ligament in his left foot. Manning attempted to play through the injury last week, but was ultimately pulled from the game in the third quarter after throwing four interceptions and finishing with a 0.0 passer rating.
Osweiler’s performance in the Broncos' 17–15 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday stood in stark contrast to Manning’s most recent outing. Osweiler threw for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, leading some, including SI's Don Banks, to believe he should become Manning’s replacement for the foreseeable future.
The Broncos will play the New England Patriots on Sunday.
- Erin Flynn