AP Source: Peyton Manning to retire after 18 NFL seasons

Manning's Broncos to face Newton's Panthers in Super Bowl
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning watches the AFC championship trophy presentation following the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Peyton Manning has informed the Denver Broncos he’s going to retire.

The person, who was briefed on the matter, spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the quarterback and the team were still working out details of an announcement.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN first reported the decision Sunday morning.

Just shy of 40, Manning will forgo $19 million and a 19th season in the NFL, where he served as both a throwback and a transformer during a glittering career bookmarked by an unprecedented five MVP awards and dozens of passing records.

Manning leaves as the NFL’s all-time leading passer and winningest starting quarterback, the only one in to win Super Bowls with two franchises.

AP NFL website 

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