Odds on Peyton Manning’s Future

In the wake of Denver’s supremely lackluster 24-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday, reports have surfaced that 38-year-old QB Peyton Manning played the game with a strained quadriceps.

The future Hall-of-Famer has previously said that he plans on playing next year, but his words and demeanor after the loss raised serious questions about his future. Manning would not say whether he was leaning toward returning or retirement in the post-game press conference.

Manning has another year on his contract, which would pay him $19 million. Between his NFL salary and his endorsements, he certainly doesn’t need the money, but that is a large chunk of change to pass up – especially someone with Manning’s abilities. (Say what you want about the Indy game, Peyton still had a stellar regular season.)

Though Peyton himself might not be willing to state his intentions, we’re more than willing to look deep into his psyche and prognosticate. Here are our odds for Peyton Manning’s future plans:

Odds on Peyton Manning’s Future:

2015-16 NFL season odds:

• Odds that Manning plays for Broncos: 3/4

• Odds that Manning retires from NFL: 11/10

• Odds that Manning plays for another NFL team: 22/1

General future odds:

• Odds that Manning becomes an NFL coach: 15/1

• Odds that Manning becomes a college coach: 33/1

• Odds that Manning becomes a broadcaster/TV analyst: 3/1

• Odds that Manning becomes a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live: 50/1

• Odds that Manning has a one-man show on Broadway: 60/1

• Odds that Manning starts his own commercial production company: 25/1

• Odds that Manning begins a movie career: 65/1

• Odds that Manning stars in a pilot on television: 100/1

• Odds that Manning records a rap album with Eli: 120/1

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