All professional football teams adjust rosters annually, as contracts play out and injuries create position problems. This year, the Denver Broncos may be at the top of this list of adjustments. And for Denver, that primary adjust is a financial adjustment. The Broncos shocked the football world a few years ago when they signed Peyton Manning to a three-year deal, with $19 million riding on the last year of the contract. That money is guaranteed on March 9th, leaving the Broncos wondering how to implement some creative salary cap accounting.
Of course, the biggest question in this issue is Manning’s health. Jason Halpern thinks that while Manning has indicated that he wants to play out the final year of his contract and the Bronco’s GM John Elway has concurred the same, the designation of Delmaryius Thomas as the Bronco’s franchise player makes it complicated. His salary for 2015 is approximately $13 million. With the NFL draft and signing season right around the corner, the window for a decision is short.
Many football fans and critics alike expect Manning to retire after the 2015 season. There are several NFL career records clearly within reach for Manning, and there will be little impetus to continue playing. However, the rumor mill in Tennessee and Indianapolis is abuzz with the reported notion that Manning will buy the Tennessee Titans after the 2015 season, along with a “significant” financial partner. Manning has privately expressed an interest in remaining in football as a team owner and GM.