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Could Peyton Manning be Playing for the Los Angeles Rams in 2016?

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The likelihood of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning retiring is high, but if he does decide to further his career in 2016 it may not be with the Broncos. Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted that the “Rams have had internal discussions about bringing Peyton Manning to LA should he want to play another season.”

Manning’s play on the field and his health have made it seem like all signs are pointing in the direction of his retirement, but Manning has not completely closed the door on playing next season.  Manning stated, “Maybe I hit the fountain of youth in the next couple of months and play another 10 years. Who knows?”

The Rams quarterback situation is one of the worst in the NFL. The Rams are entering the offseason with Case Keenum as the starter and will let Nick Foles and Sean Mannion compete as well. These are all underwhelming quarterback options at best that will not put the Rams in position to compete for a playoff spot.

The Rams are monitoring the situation with Manning and if he does decide to play and becomes available then he could become an option in Los Angeles. Manning may not be the same quarterback he once was, but he would sure be an upgrade for the Rams.

Manning stated to Bill Belichick post AFC Championship that “this might be my last rodeo,’’ in regards to his playing days. This immediately sparked the greater speculation that Manning will retire and will be the biggest headline up to and after Super Bowl 50.

Manning could win Super Bowl 50 on Sunday and finish on top to end is career or decide to play at least another year. It is clear Peyton Manning could still have NFL playing options past this season.

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