According to a report in The Denver Post, Peyton Manning will return to the Broncos next season if he passes his annual physical examination.
Manning, 38, was noncommittal following his team’s loss to the Colts in the AFC divisional round on Jan. 11. Reportedly slowed by a leg injury, Manning struggled as the Broncos suffered the upset. Coach John Fox was fired shortly thereafter, replaced by Gary Kubiak.
Manning missed the entire 2011 season, his last as a member of the Colts, following neck surgery.
The Broncos need to know Manning’s status before March 10, when his $19 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed.