With three years left on his contract, Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, is playing the best football of his career.
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When the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning in 2012, he signed a five-year, $96M deal. He has played out two years of it so far.
In that two-year span, Manning has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice, the All-Pro team twice, won the AFC West twice, NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2012), and NFL Most Valuable Player (2013). Oh, and he also reached his 3rd Super Bowl.
Throwing 92 TDs and passing for 10,136 yards in two short years, will gain one some notoriety. But this is ridiculous.
When John Elway closed the deal that brought Manning to Denver, the football world was dubious that the 36-year-old Manning could rebound from the neck injury that required four surgeries.
People figured that even if he could stay on the field and not re-aggravate his neck injury, at that age, he had maybe two years left in the tank.
Those people were wrong. It's no secret that Manning is arguably playing the best football of his career. And he has the best supporting cast he's ever had.
Yes, I'm saying that Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas are a better trio than Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. Don't get too worked up over it.
Manning's offensive line is better in Denver than he ever had in Indianapolis too. He has two 1st team All-Pros protecting him in Ryan Clady (LT) and Louis Vasquez (RG).
Will Manning play out his contract? Probably. Brock Osweiler was drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft. He has two years of NFL experience under his belt. He only has two years left on his rookie deal.
If he's the Broncos' future franchise quarterback, it's possible that the team might never know. Surely, when his deal runs out, he'll look for a starting job. He'll be 25 years old by that time. Manning will still have one year left on his deal.
Barring injury, Peyton Manning will play out his contract with the Denver Broncos. The fact that he's being protected like he's never been before, having an arsenal of weapons to throw to, and owning he AFC West? Those are a lot of reasons to keep lacing 'em up. He also has 96 million other reasons to keep pluggin' away.
Let's not forget that Manning absolutely loves what he does. He's not burnt out. He's not jaded. If he had gone to a team with less talent and had a harder time winning, it might be different. But the Broncos are stacked with talent.
Each draft and free agency class only contributes more to the team's embarrassment of riches. The Broncos were one win away from the top of the mountain. That's a tantalizing lure. Manning is chasing that ring with a laser-sharp focus.
Broncos Country, forget about Brock Osweiler being the quarterback of the future. It's Peyton Manning. At least of the near future. That's a damn good thing.
Chad Jensen is Lead Broncos Team Journalist. Follow him on Twitter @CJ_BroncosPFS.
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