Denver Broncos Peyton Manning's future with team depends on offseason neck exam, ESPN reports

DENVER - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is having a career year. But it might be his last depending on the results of an offseason exam on his surgically repaired neck, according to ESPN.

Manning will undergo a physical exam on his neck in March, as mandated by his contract with the Broncos, according to ESPN.

His future with the team will be based on the results of the offseason exam on his neck.

If the exam reveals that Manning’s neck is stable, then he will plan to return to the Broncos in 2014, no matter the postseason results, sources told ESPN.

But Manning will be forced to decide whether to retire, if there is an increased risk of injury.

Manning, 37, guided the Broncos to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC Playoffs for the second-consecutive season. He also broke several NFL records including the single-season passing records with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Manning signed a five-year, $96 million deal with the Broncos in 2012.

The Broncos will host the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs at 2:40 p.m. on Sunday.

 

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