Peyton Manning cleared after neck exam, will get $20 million and play in 2014

There was really nothing about Peyton Manning's play last season that indicated his neck was bothering him.

The NFL MVP broke records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season and led Denver to the Super Bowl. But, as part of his contract, he has a full exam on his neck every offseason. That was a safeguard for the Broncos considering Manning had multiple surgeries on his neck and missed the 2011 season with the Colts. Once he's cleared each offseason, guarantees in his contract can kick in.

This particular doctor's appointment with Manning was worth $20 million.

He passed according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis, which was no surprise, and as a result the Broncos quarterback will have another $20 million coming to him in guarantees. Klis said the team and Manning's agent Tom Condon will start working on the process of guaranteeing that $20 million salary now that he has been cleared. Must be nice.

Manning, who turns 38 on March 24, appears to have a lot of productive football in front of him. It's hard to tell how long Manning can keep playing at the level he was at in 2013, but after Monday's exam we know he'll be back for at least one more season, with a substantial payday as well.

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