Anyone who knows the career of Peyton Manning had the following thought when Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen tore his ACL on Sunday: Jeff Saturday could come out of retirement for one last hurrah with No. 18. Well, that speculation has now turned into a bonafide rumor after Saturday’s agent, Ralph Cindrich, said although coming out of retirement isn’t likely for his client, it’s certainly possible.
That was the short and sweet text message from Cindrich to the NFL‘s Ian Rapoport that was posted on the league’s official website Sunday night and the speculation has been growing ever since.
Saturday is a surefire Hall of Famer and great friends with Manning, with whom he played 12 seasons (13 if you count 2011 when Manning missed the entire season) as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. That span included two trips to the Super Bowl, including a world title in 2006. Although it’s ultimately up to Saturday, if there’s anyone who can convince the 38-year-old to come back for one more title run, it’s Manning.
Saturday spent the 2012 season with the Green Bay Packers after all those years in Indy and proved he’s still an elite NFL offensive lineman. With Manning directing the offense in Denver, Saturday’s job with the Broncos would still be easy and he knows that. He can look to a guy like Brandon Stokley, who Manning talked into coming back for one more season in 2012 and that turned out well for the 37-year-old receiver: 58 catches for 544 yards and five touchdowns. Plus, Denver is the favorite to win the AFC this year and would easily be the favorite to win it all with Saturday on board.
For a guy like Saturday who has already accomplished pretty much everything possible in an illustrious career, it simply boils down to his desire to chase one more title. Of course, he could choose to come play with Manning again just for old times’ sake and that could easily result in another Super Bowl ring, but it’s up to Saturday. Let’s put it this way: don’t be surprised if he shows up in Denver in time for the season opener.