Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has told GM John Elway that he’s “physically and mentally prepared to play at a significant level” according to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson. What a “significant level” means remains to be seen. And is a “significant level” worth a guaranteed $19 million, which is what Manning will make if he’s still on the roster on March 9. That’s money due whether he takes a snap or not in 2015.
There was some speculation Manning might retire. He struggled with injuries toward the end of last season. But this announcement puts the ball in Elway’s hands–will he demand a pay cut from his star? Manning wants another shot at what would likely his last chance to compete for a second Super Bowl ring. But that’s a lot of money for a veteran–even one of the best of all time–if he can’t play superstar minutes.