Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has passed a physical exam, clearing him to play and earn his $20-million paycheck in 2014, according to reports.
Manning is required to undergo an exam of his neck every spring under the 2012 contract he signed with the Broncos after missing all of the previous season following neck surgeries.
But this year’s test was considered a formality. After all, there was nothing about Manning’s record-setting season in 2013 that indicated his neck was still an issue.
He threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards — both NFL records — in winning his record fifth MVP award and leading the Broncos to the Super Bowl.
Manning spent the first 14 years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, leading the team to two Super Bowl appearances and one championship. When the Colts opted to release Manning in favor of drafting Andrew Luck in 2011, Manning signed a five-year, $96 million deal with the Broncos in March of 2012.