Denver Broncos general manager John Elway says Peyton Manning will be given as much time as he wants to decide whether he wants to continue playing in the NFL.
The quarterback ended his 18th year in the professional ranks by winning Super Bowl 50 on Sunday in Santa Clara, where the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
Manning, 39, said he wanted to savour their victory before making a decision and Elway confirmed on Tuesday there was no deadline for the record-breaking signal-caller to tell him whether he was retiring or not.
“There is no deadline. We’ll let Peyton enjoy this,” Elway said after the Broncos returned to Denver for a ticker-tape parade.
“Where we get a chance to sit down and talk to him, that’s up to Peyton, where he is in that process, what he thinks he can do, how he thinks he can play … what he wants to do from here on out.”
Manning spent part of the regular season on the sidelines with foot and arm injuries, and the Broncos were able to give back-up Brock Osweiler a chance to shine.
But they now have a big decision to make about Osweiler, who becomes a free agent next month and could get plenty of interest in the market from a number of teams looking for a new quarterback.
Osweiler started seven games while Manning was out, going 5-2 and throwing 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.