As storied as Peyton Manning's football past has been, his future in Denver remains just as unclear.
The 39-year-old Broncos quarterback is at the tail end of the worst statistical season of his career during which he missed six games due to a torn plantar fascia. Compound that reality with Brock Osweiler performing admirably in relief, questions concerning Peyton's potential Denver departure have started swirling around the Rockies.
However, Broncos general manager and executive VP of football operations John Elway told NFL Media's James Palmer that, for Peyton who is in the midst of another serious playoff run, the gunslinger's next career decision won't be coming anytime soon.
"I think Peyton is staying in this moment now," Elway said. "He's going to have plenty of time to think about what he wants to do in the offseason."
On whether Manning has adapted well post-injury to the Broncos' offense, Elway commented, "Peyton looks to be more comfortable with what we're doing. He looks more comfortable underneath (center)."
Maybe Manning has a future in Denver -- likely a short one -- after this Broncos campaign ends. Maybe this is the sheriff's last ride. Regardless, depending on the outcome of this weekend's AFC Championship Game against Tom Brady and the Patriots, the narrative of Manning's career and legacy will surely shift, and a decision on his future will hang in the balance.