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Fox: Broncos glad to have Manning back in 2015


Peyton Manning isn’t ready to call it a career, and the Denver Broncos aren’t about to push him out the door.

A day after the 38-year-old quarterback said he plans to return to the Broncos in 2015, Denver coach John Fox said Thursday that he would happily bring back Manning.

“I would say when you’re kind of in the top three quarterbacks in the league, maybe the top of all time, I’d say there’s a pretty good likelihood (of him returning),” Fox said. “He’s had a tremendous year, there is no doubt. We’ve still got things to get done and (we are) looking forward to the opportunity.”

Manning said Wednesday, “I have no plans (to retire). I’m enjoying playing, I’m looking forward to Sunday’s game and hopefully the game to follow that. …

“I certainly plan on being back if the Broncos would have me, but at this point I’m kind of thinking about Oakland, (Denver’s opponent on Sunday). I know this is the time where conversations about what head coaches are going to return, and I guess for some reason I get to fall into that category because I’m closer to the same age as some of the coaches.”

Manning has impressive stats this year, though they are well off his pace from 2013, when he set NFL single-season records with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdown passes.

With one regular-season game remaining in 2014, Manning has completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 4,454 yards with 39 scoring passes and 15 interceptions. He was picked off four times Monday in Denver’s 37-28 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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