(NEW YORK) — Aside from the Super Bowl, the football world is buzzing over the future of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Will he play for the Colts next season? Will he be traded? Will he retire?
These are all questions that cannot be easily answered, as Manning missed the entire 2011 season after recovering from multiple neck surgeries. However, Manning offered some clarity on his future in an interview with ESPN.
“I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day,” he said. “Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that’s what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That’s the plan from here on out.”
There are several factors that could keep Manning from playing with the Colts again. The team holds the number-one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and are expected to select former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Manning is also due a roster bonus of $28 million in March, which can only be avoided if he is cut by then. Lastly, despite Manning’s optimism on his health, there are those who feel no matter what Manning says, his health will continue to be an issue and that he’s played his last NFL game.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN