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Broncos coach Gary Kubiak expects Peyton Manning to return

Are we finally nearing the end of Peyton Watch 2015?

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The Denver Post's Mike Klis is reporting tonight that Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak expects Peyton Manning to return for the 2015 NFL season.

Head Coach Gary Kubiak and the rest of the Denver Broncos coaches headed to Indianapolis this week for the 2015 NFL Combine. While arriving Kubiak was asked if he expects his soon to be 39-yeard old quarterback back in 2015.

"No, I'm expecting him to come back," Kubiak said. "We want to play with him. This organization has won a lot of games with him and we want to get back and do it again. Expecting him to come back."

If both sides say they want each other back, why hasn't there been an official announcement about Peyton Manning returning to the Denver Broncos next season?

Klis, like many others, have suggested that Manning and the Broncos are talking about a possible restructuring of Manning's contract. Manning's contract calls for a $19 million salary in 2015 with a cap figure of $21.5 million.

Another potential hold up is Manning's physical. However, Manning himself said that he doesn't think it will be anything other than a routine checkup.

So what's the hold up? Head Coach Gary Kubiak says there isn't one.

"I don't think there's any hold up at all," Kubiak said. "He and John are working through the process. That's been the plan all along, the way I understand it."

It's safe to assume that this "process" includes the two things I mentioned above, and possibly some other things that haven't been made public just yet.

Manning is expected to make his final decision this week according to ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen. With the Scouting Combine beginning here in the next few days, I believe we will hear something on Manning's status in the next 24 to 48 hours.