We entered the week wondering whether Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning might pull a John Elway and ride off into the sunset with a Super Bowl victory on Sunday.
Now that Manning has said he'll be back in 2014, a surprise potential retiree has entered the mix: sixth-year Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
His teammates have heard about his plans to possibly walk away if the Broncos win, and they aren't buying it yet.
"They think I'm joking," Rodgers-Cromartie said, per USA Today.
Apparently, he's somewhat serious, even if his post-career plans might not be that grand or fully developed yet.
"I'd just chill," Rodgers-Cromartie said.
That said, others are not buying it. Rodgers-Cromartie is a free-agent to be and is likely to cash in this offseason if he continues playing. He signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Broncos prior to this season and almost certainly would get a far more substantial offer than that, unless teams are scared off by the retirement talk.
#Broncos CB Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie says he's spoken about retirement with teammates for a while. Retirement plans "not set in stone."
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 27, 2014
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