Peyton Manning was adamant that his decision to retire from football in March 2016 was final, but he still fielded offers last season.
The legendary quarterback spent most of the winter away from the public eye, but he’s still atop many wishlists.
Manning’s father, Archie, revealed that Peyton received an offer to join the Miami Dolphins from head coach Adam Gase, after incumbent starter Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending knee injury in December.
“He said, ‘Hey 18, Tannehill went down,'” Manning said of Gase’s inquiry via Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune. “He said, ‘I think he’s going to miss some time. The first question I’m going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I’m going to try to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?’
“The text message came back from Peyton, ‘You tell them I could probably come play, but there’s no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks.’ So, he was done.”
It’s hard to fault Gase for inquiring about a five-time MVP. Alas, it appears Manning isn’t coming back anytime soon.
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