Peyton Manning reassured Denver Broncos officials, including general manager John Elway, that he is physically and mentally prepared to play at a significant level in 2015, league and team sources told ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen. That statement should make Broncos fans very happy and gives Denver one more legit shot to win a Super Bowl in the Peyton era.


The quad injury that plagued Manning at the end of the 2014 season is fully healed.

The Broncos and the quarterback have other elements to explore in the coming days that range from a potential contract restructuring to having a formal physical exam, as mandated in Manning’s contract, sources said. If Manning is on the the Broncos’ roster March 9, one day before the league’s new business year commences, he will be guaranteed $19 million for 2015.

The Broncos not only have a new head coach in Gary Kubiak but they have key free agents they would like to retain, including wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas. However, with a healthy $26 million projected for the team’s cap space even with Manning on the roster, the team is capable of solving most of its free-agent goals.