The Peyton Manning retirement news broke the hearts of NFL fans across the globe. With the Denver Broncos winning the Super Bowl 50 over the highly anticipated champs, the Carolina Panthers, a number of supporters of the Hall of Fame quarterback thought he would at least have one more season with the football team. After all, even his famous rival Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was shocked over Manning's move to exit the gridiron. It appears, however, that the NFL has not seen the last of the Denver Broncos quarterback.
Rumors are rife that the Denver Broncos quarterback might be seeking a return to the NFL soon. The reports started almost immediately after he announced his decision to retire. Since then, amid the search of the Denver Broncos for a new quarterback following the exit of Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans, fans have been speculating that Manning will return to the football field soon.
The idea later on gained momentum when Manning was spotted with Miami Dolphins star Ryan Tannehill. The aspiring quarterback, who joins Manning, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton in the list of quarterbacks who managed to throw more than 3,000 yards in his career, was thrilled to have the former Denver Broncos star coach him.
"It was really cool," shared Tannehill of his meeting with Manning. He added, "A guy that had his career, the living legend he is, coming off a Super Bowl winning season - it was really cool just to be able to sit and pick his brain about things he's done in this offense and football things in general: snap counts, things you like, the way you want guys to run routes, little details about the game. We really just got to talk the game, which is something we both love."
While Miami Dolphins fans would definitely welcome Manning as the veteran presence in the roster, it looks like the Denver Broncos star might be gunning for a return to the Indianapolis Colts instead. Serving the NFL team, which brought about the "Deflategate" scandal to the New England Patriots, had been the trademark of Manning despite his final NFL days with the Von Miller squad. Moreover, it appears that the current quarterback - the promising Andrew Luck - needs all the help he can get to get over his disappointing 2015 season.
"No. With all due respect to Andrew Luck and his impressive talents, he is no longer the obvious choice as the franchise quarterback of the future," said Bucky Brooks of Luck when asked whether the Indianapolis Colts star is still the best quarterback to build a team around. The NFL sports analyst added, "Luck has struggled with turnover woes since his arrival, and his lack of ball security is a major issue for a team hoping to build a consistent winner."
Will the fall of Luck push the Indianapolis Colts to seek the help of Manning? Will the necessity to help his former NFL team rouse the Denver Broncos star out of retirement? While some might find this unlikely, the idea of getting out of retirement is hardly a new deal. In fact, famed NFL star Brett Favre did the same thing from 2007 to 2009 when he signed for three different teams, the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, before finally and officially leaving the NFL.