Peyton Manning’s waiting game has Brock Osweiler in holding pattern

Your move, Peyton Manning.

The Super Bowl champs are still basking in their win, but eventually they’re going to need a decision from Manning on whether he’s going to retire. Specifically, it’s holding up their talks with Brock Osweiler, whom the Broncos would like to sign as Manning’s potential replacement.

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According to a report out of Denver, the Broncos are holding off talks with Osweiler out of respect for Manning.

Osweiler was 5-2 as a starter until Manning took back the job in the second half of Week 17 to lead the Broncos in a comeback win over the Chargers. Manning then went 3-0 in the playoffs, guiding the Broncos to a 24-10 win over the Panthers to capture Denver’s third Super Bowl win in franchise history.

Manning didn’t make a decision about retirement after the game, saying he’d prefer to take some time to think about it (and drink some beer). It seems the Broncos are OK with that, but at some point they need to decide what to do with Osweiler.

March 9 is an important day for both quarterbacks, as Osweiler officially becomes a free agent and Manning’s $19 million salary for next season becomes fully guaranteed. The Broncos also have a host of other free agents to try to sign, notably Super Bowl MVP linebacker Von Miller and defensive lineman Malik Jackson, just to name two.

Unfortunately, Manning was in the news over the weekend for other reasons, as an alleged harassment suit from his time at Tennessee has bubbled up. 

(H/t PFT)