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Report: Manning has been telling close friends that he will retire after Super Bowl 50

Could the Super Bowl really be Manning's final rodeo?

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According to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been reportedly telling friends close to him that Super Bowl 50 will be his final game in the NFL.

This really isn't a big shocker. Most people have assumed this was the case for the last few months.

The 2015 season was a rough one for Peyton Manning. He was dealing with injuries, declining abilities, a new offense, and missed six games due to a foot injury. Manning will also turn 40 years old here in a few weeks, so the fact that Manning could hang them up after this game really isn't a surprise.

Also, Manning may have already let the cat out of the bag after the AFC Championship game. When he met Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick in the middle of the field, he told him that "This might be my last rodeo".

"The reality is he let the cat out of the bag a little bit," Rapoport said. "I also know he has told close friends that he expects this to be his last game as well."

With tonight being media night(Now called Opening Night), could Manning announce his retirement tonight to stop the questions being asked? Or will he wait until after the game and announce it more privately.

I would expect Manning to go the private route. He will wait a few weeks or so after the season, win or lose and announce his decision then. Right now I believe Manning is just enjoying what could be his final game and more than likely his final Super Bowl appearance. Worrying about the future of his career is probably the last thing on his mind, but who knows.

Make sure to watch Super Bowl 50 opening night tonight to find out. Follow along with us at Mile High Report as we keep you up to date with everything being said and asked during tonight's media session.