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Woody Paige: Manning is officially hanging up his cleats

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is officially retiring, according to Denver Post’s Woody Paige. He, according to Paige, has informed the team this evening that he’s retiring.

It’s no surprise as he’s been contemplating retirement since before Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers at Levi Stadium. An official decision will come this week.

He’ll join Broncos great and now executive John Elway to walk off into the sunset following a Super Bowl win.

The nearly $20 million that they would have paid Peyton Manning can now be used to potentially re-sign Von Miller, Malik Jackson, or his replacement Brock Osweiler.

Paige, a long-time reporter, says two sources have informed him that Manning, who will be 40-years-old on March 24th, will be retiring.

His final play came in the Super Bowl, as he handed off to C.J. Anderson for a 5-yard gain with 1:22 remaining in the game. According to Paige, Manning’s first play was handing off to Willis McGahee in a Sept. 2012 game.

During his time with the Broncos, he has thrown for 19,062 yards and a 151 touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown, while winning 76.9 % of his games (50-15).

He also came off the bench — the first time since he was at Tennessee Volunteer — that he came off the bench to play. He led the Broncos to a victory over the San Diego Chargers in the regular season finale.

Manning also led the Broncos to four straight AFC West Championships. They also played in two Super Bowls under this great quarterback.

He was 20-2 against AFC West teams. His only losses came against the Chargers in 2013 and the Kansas City Chiefs in his final regular season start of 2015, before being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.

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