In the days that followed, however, the potential timing of such an announcement has gotten complicated by an ongoing NFL investigation into possible human-growth-hormone use and reports about a college incident during which he allegedly pushed his bare anus and genitals into a female trainer's face.
The clock is definitely ticking. Manning has until March 9 to inform the Broncos of his decision, but the free agent tampering period starts on March 7, when other teams could start reaching out to presumed-QB-of-the-future Brock Osweiler.
It's a topic that's definitely got the attention of Twitter Nation. Below, see what struck us as the twenty most memorable tweets about whether or not Manning will or should retire, featuring photos from our Denver Broncos Win Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara slide show. The list is capped by a video showing how he thinks Peyton will go out.
Peyton Manning is definitely going to retire. No way he comes back next year to face all this new scrutiny. No way.— josh meeker (@meeksmen) February 20, 2016
Although he shouldn't, I got a feeling Peyton Manning won't retire.— Gabe (Saints 7-9 ?) (@GabeWhoDat) February 19, 2016
Will Peyton Manning just retire already? It's obvious it's coming, or will he pull a Tom Coughlin and just say he is still on the market?— Chasing Ballgame (@chasingballgame) February 19, 2016
Why do i have the gut feeling Peyton Manning isn't going to retire? I feel like if he wanted to he would've done it on the biggest stage...— Purple News (@Purple_Post) February 18, 2016
Why can't people just let great players like Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis retire in peace? Always bringing up shit from the past— Not your type (@WhitePlusBlack) February 18, 2016
Why is Peyton manning thinking about not retiring he should just retire while he's on top— mike vegrzyn (@mikevegz11) February 19, 2016
Is Peyton Manning doesn't retire by re-creating the last scene from Thelma and Louise (in a non-deadly way), I'll be disappointed.— Jackson Felts (@JacksonKJR) February 18, 2016
Peyton Manning will retire while doing an SNL skit.— Brandon (@Bran_donkadonk) February 18, 2016
Peyton manning wins a super bowl & about to retire and they bring up some 20 year old bullshit mooning incident. I hate the media sometimes— Joe. (@Fly_Air_Walker) February 18, 2016
Continue to keep counting down the top twenty tweets about whether Peyton Manning should retire.
Most quarterbacks that are on the downside of their career usually don't win the super bowl. And that's why Peyton Manning should retire.— Josh Swanson (@WJswansonAlt) February 16, 2016
Peyton Manning should retire to save his image https://t.co/difJAXjRDU— Hrvoje Horvat (@hrvoje_h) February 18, 2016
In my Opinion Peyton Manning is a graet QB has been his entire career but and I hate to say this but he should retire— James Kincaid (@jboogie1188) February 18, 2016
If peyton doesn't retire and moves to tha rams I move to tha rams peyton manning fan for life— victor kent rowlodge (@itsyoboiVviSHes) February 18, 2016
Dear Peyton Manning,— Remy Hoggard (@RemyHoggard) February 19, 2016
I'm a big fan, I consider you the greatest QB of all time. But please retire, so you still have your pride.....
Peyton manning better just retire . all these allegation bout 2 come out against this man— SinatraJr _(@AllEyesOnMe93) February 18, 2016
Peyton Manning bout to lose all his endorsements for his sexual assault scandal and he should retire indefinitely.— f$sL (@benksaechin) February 17, 2016