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Report: Peyton Manning wants to return for 2015 NFL season

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The Broncos could have their franchise QB in the fold for one more year if Peyton Manning opts to return.

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It looks as though the hall-of-fame career of Peyton Manning will continue for at least one more season.

According to Woody Paige of The Denver Post, Manning is planning on returning for the 2015 NFL season, and passing his mandated physical is all that remains between him and his 18th season.

With a $19-million contract and a Super Bowl window closing fast in Denver, the Broncos need Manning to decide fairly quickly, but not before March 9th, when the team wants him to decide by once he knows the results of a physical on his surgically-repaired neck.

Manning wants to return to the Broncos, but won't and can't make a final decision until he takes an annual physical examination mandated by his contract. Last year, the test results were learned at the beginning of March. The Broncos have requested that Manning let them know his plans by March 9 — the day before teams must exercise their rights on veteran players under contract. Manning, who turns 39 on March 24, is due $19 million next season.

Those close to Manning — and who spoke for background on the condition of anonymity — claim that he still is relaxing with his family but would like to continue playing; he must await tests results on his repaired neck.

Manning is recovering from a torn quadriceps muscle that plagued him down the stretch of his 17th NFL season, including his woeful performance vs. the Colts in Denver's divisional-round loss.

If Manning returns, he'll also be playing for an entirely new coaching staff after John Fox was let go and offensive coordinator Adam Gase left as well.