JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Could Super Bowl XLVIII be Peyton Manning’s last game in the NFL?
He left the door open to that possibility on Sunday.
But just a crack. The latch, in fact, is practically kissing the strike plate.
So don’t count on it.
Manning all but slammed the door on reports over the weekend claiming he might retire should his Denver Broncos defeat the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday, and more or less announced he will return for a 17th season in the NFL.
“I’ve certainly had a career change two years ago, with my (neck) injury and with changing teams,” Manning, 37, said at dusk aboard the Cornucopia Majesty ship docked at the Hyatt Jersey City, an hour after the Broncos’ charter jet touched down in nearby Newark.
“I truly have been kind of on a one-year basis. But I really have no plans beyond this game. I’ve had no plans coming into this season beyond this year.”
Then Manning addressed the nub of the matter.