When we last saw Peyton Manning, conventional wisdom was he was riding off into the sunset and retiring from football after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium against the Carolina Panthers.

Not so fast.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on the Mike & Mike Show Tuesday that Manning `` in a perfect world would like to keep playing.'' This comes after Tom Condon, Manning's agent, left the door open for a return on Profootballtalk.com

``I know that he's going to tell me when he's made a decision,'' Condon said. ``The closest he's got to disclosing any of his intentions was that he said he just wanted to take his time and make sure and he said, `I really like to play.' I said, `I know the feeling.' ''

In a week, Manning's $19 million salary with the Broncos is guaranteed if he is still on the roster. That figure is problematic, given the Broncos applied the exclusive franchise tag to linebacker Von Miller Tuesday, a designation that could cost as much as $16.9 million for one season.

Denver is also negotiating with quarterback Brock Osweiler, an unrestricted free agent who delivered key regular-season wins over New England and Cincinnati and went 5-2 as a starter when Manning was injured.

That could mean Manning, if he really wants to play, might have to do it elsewhere at age 40.



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