Peyton Manning says he won't drag out decision on returning

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is contemplating his future, emphasizing that he won't drag out his decision on whether to return for next season.

Manning said he hasn't made up his mind. He has met with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak.

Manning won the annual Bart Starr award for his work in the community.

"I haven't made a decision yet," Manning said. "I still want to take some time to evaluate some things, to talk to some people. Obviously the Broncos have been quite busy hiring a staff, I have had some dialogue with CoachKubiak and did have a chance see him in person."

"I'm not interested in making this a lingering thing, I'd like to make a decision soon. But at the same time, you know, both Coach, (Broncos CEO) Joe (Ellis) and John (Elway) have instructed me to take some time, so I'm kind of following their orders."

What goes into the decision?

"I guess some of those things are personal, some things I want to discuss with them," Manning said. "There's been quite a lot of change since the last game and I want to hear what they have to say, get their thoughts on some things, share some of thoughts of my own with them and get their feedback."

Manning said he's healthy.

"Don't see it being that significant," Manning said. "I feel pretty confident I would pass that physical, that my neck is in good shape. I'd like to avoid a crowd standing outside the MRI room, if possible. I've felt secure about that the past three years and feel the same about that."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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