Monday, January 22, 2018
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Manning's future center stage amid Super Bowl media day madness

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Peyton Manning can take his time to make a decision about retirement, while the Broncos will also try to lock up their quarterback of the near future.

"It's one that's going to change his life," Denver general manager and vice president John Elway said Monday night at Super Bowl media day. "Whether it be this year, next year or the year after."

When asked minutes into the Broncos' media day appearance if he would retire after Sunday's game against the Panthers, Manning was quite succinct.

"I haven't made my mind up and I don't see myself knowing that until after the season's over."

Manning also suggested he'd be fine with the Guyer Institute turning records over to the NFL, which is investigating allegations that Manning received HGH from the clinic in 2011.

"They can have whatever they want," Manning said.

As for the Broncos' future, Elway said the team doesn't want to lose backup Brock Osweiler to free agency no matter what Manning decides. "We're hoping to get something done with Brock this offseason," Elway said. "…We needed both quarterbacks. We wouldn't be here without both of them."

Cam's time: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton parried plenty of goofy questions — in true media day tradition — with some one-liners of his own.

One person asked if he would dress like a guy near his podium who was in a ski outfit, complete with skis.

"Would I dress like that?" Newton replied. "If I was going skiing."

Newton responded to another question by saying: "You want me to kiss your wife?"

Davis practices: Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis returned to practice on Monday with no limitations.

Davis broke his arm on Jan. 24 in the NFC Championship Game but says he expects to play in the Super Bowl.

Davis says "it feels great" and he's glad to be back on the field with his teammates.

Circus in town: Getting into media day is no easy task. Reporters lined up and had their equipment checked by bomb-sniffing dogs as a band played drums outside.

Both teams got extended introductions as they entered SAP Center, the home of the NHL's Sharks.

The event attracted Miss Universe, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines — yes, the winner whom Steve Harvey called a runnerup at first — who posed for photos and answered questions.

"Oh, I'm not thinking about that anymore," she said of Harvey's gaffe. "It's been over a month already, so we're here for the Super Bowl, and that's what we want to focus on right now."

For the first time, the NFL shifted media day from day to evening, calling the event "Super Bowl Opening Night." The basic format was the same, with the Panthers and Broncos media sessions lasting one hour each.

The event also had the usual assortment of unusual moments. One person asked Manning to look into the camera and wish a Happy Chinese New Year to all his friends in that part of the world.

The NFL moved the supersized news conference from its usual Tuesday daytime slot as NFL Network and ESPN2 offered live coverage.

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