Report: Manning told friends he expects to retire

Arash Madani and Jamie Thomas get us ready for Superbowl 50, talking about Peyton Manning's possible last ride, Thomas Davis' status and more.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has told close friends that he expects to retire after Super Bowl 50, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

This comes a little more than a week after the Broncos pivot told New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick that “this will be my last rodeo” after the AFC Championship game, which has ramped up the chatter about Manning’s future.

The 39-year-old shrugged off the story when he was asked about his post-game conversation with Belichick. When asked about retirement at Monday’s Super Bowl Opening Night, Manning was quite succinct.

"I haven’t made my mind up and I don’t see myself knowing that until after the season’s over."

If Sunday’s clash with the Carolina Panthers is, in fact, Manning’s final game in the NFL, he has a chance to end his Hall of Fame career on a high note by winning a second title.

–With files from Associated Press

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