The sun always sets in the West and it looks like it is setting on the career of future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning. With all of his business nearly finished and injuries starting to wear on his body, the best sports betting system would say time has come for Manning to seriously consider retirement.
The "40 mile man" will turn 40 before the start of the 2016 season. He already holds the NFL record for career yards (currently at 71,871) and career passing touchdowns (currently at 539). He also has a coveted Super Bowl ring he earned in 2007 with the Indianapolis Colts. The only remaining record he still might want to secure is most career completions. He is currently 180 behind Brett Favre and so far has proven a source of profitable betting as he has had a great career.
Manning will be entering the last year of a 5-year $96 million contract he signed in early 2012. It should be noted he is currently nursing a foot injury, which could cause him to miss the rest of the 2015 season. If that be the case, he and the Broncos will be faced with important decision. The only reason that could justify putting his body through the rigors of another season would be pursuit of the aforementioned career completions mark. Beyond that, it just wouldn't make sense for either Manning or the Broncos if he were to choose to return.
The reality is according to the best sports betting website Manning was highly ineffective this season before getting injured. While the Broncos opened the season 8-0, they were anything but the offensive juggernaut they had been in past years with Manning at the helm. Part of the blame for Manning's poor 2015 performance could be attributed to the lack of a rushing attack plus an offensive line that has been particularly porous all year long. That said, Manning would never blame his failures on anyone or anything else other than himself. The fact remains he has only completed 59.9% of his passes for 2,180 yards and a shocking 9 touchdowns against 17 interceptions. These are all very un-Peyton like numbers that show age has officially become a factor.
After 17 years in the NFL, Manning has nothing left to prove. He is already considered by many to be one of the five best quarterbacks of all-time. He has been a proven winner at every level and is assured a first-ballot vote into the Hall of Fame five years after he retires.
If someone wants to guess what Manning is going to do, they would first have to understand that he doesn't play for the records, he plays to win Super Bowls. It might be nice to break Favre's completion record, but it is probably not enough motivation to get Manning back on the field. With that in mind, the general consensus is he will call it a career at the end of this season. His struggles this season have been frustrating, but perhaps he knows his skills are starting to erode.
When Manning returned in 2012 after missing the entire 2011 season while recovering from neck surgery, no one was sure if he would still be a the same elite QB he was with the Colts. He came back because he knew he could still compete at the highest level. This was confirmed in 2013 when he passed for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns (both league records). He returned last year and still threw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns. So what's different in 2015? Manning is different.
The fact remains all great profitable betting athletes eventually hit the wall. With some, it's a gradual process that happens over several seasons. For others, it's a matter of waking up one day and noticing the game is moving too fast and the body is moving too slow. The latter would seem to be applicable to Manning. If he does return to finish out his contract, here's to hoping he gets his last record and rides off into the sunset on the way to the Hall of Fame.