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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning keeps his hands warm in a pouch while waiting to throw the football during practice for the team's NFL divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tries to keep his hands warm in a pouch during practice for the team's NFL football divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning, right, throws a pass at end of drill during a team practice for an NFL football divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A banner is waved after Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw his 509th career touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. Manning has broken Brett Favre's record for touchdown passes with his 509th. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to throw on what would be his 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws his 509th career touchdown pass to set the all time record during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. Manning has broken Brett Favre's record for touchdown passes with his 509th. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates on the sideline after throwing his NFL record 509th career touchdown pass with Demaryius Thomas #88, who caught the pass, in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Linebacker Aaron Lynch #59 of the San Francisco 49ers congratulates quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos on his NFL-record 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with teammates and the coaching staff on the sideline after throwing his NFL record 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos smiles after throwing his NFL record 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to throw his 509th career touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos celebrates his 508th touchdown. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: The crowd celebrates Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos 508th touchdown. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos on the line in the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos looks to pass during the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos during the national anthem. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos, Wes Welker (83) of the Denver Broncos and Louis Vasquez (65) of the Denver Broncos during the national anthem. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Louis Vasquez (65) of the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos, Colin Kaepernick (7) of the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Staley (74) of the San Francisco 49ers watch the coin toss before the game. The Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on October 19, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown with Peyton Manning #18 and Julius Thomas #80 in the first quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos emerges from the tunnel before a game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Denver Broncos fans Tim Baker and Liz Branson hold a sign showing their support for Peyton Manning #18 (not pictured) before a game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws as he warms up before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrates his 509th career touchdown pass with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Broncos fans celebrate Peyton Manning's 509th career touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, center, is greeted at the bench after throwing his 509th career touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos fans hold a 508 sign after Peyton Manning threw his career 508th touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws his 509th career touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. Manning has broken Brett Favre's record for touchdown passes with his 509th. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) is congratulated by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch (59) after Manning threw his 507th career touchdown pass, the first of the game, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Fans hold a 509 sign in hopes of seeing Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set the all time touchdown passes record against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos fans hold a 509 sign in hopes of quarterback Peyton Manning breaking the all-time touchdown pass record of 508 prior to an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws his first touchdown of the game as San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch (59) defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws the games' first touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) stretches before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos fans hold signs reading "503", the amount of career touchdown passes tDenver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has, during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Denver. Brett Favre says he couldn't be happier to see Peyton Manning on the brink of breaking his own NFL record of 508 touchdown throws. Manning has 503 heading into Denver's road game Sunday Oct. 12 against the New York Jets. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, in Denver. The Broncos won 41-20. Brett Favre says he couldn't be happier to see Peyton Manning on the brink of breaking his own NFL record of 508 touchdown throws. Manning has 503 heading into Denver's road game Sunday Oct. 12 against the New York Jets. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Kareem Martin (96) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 41-20. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 41-20. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) get ready to throw his 500th career touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning warms up for an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning talks about being named the AP's NFL Most Valuable Player in Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. Manning joins Brett Favre as the only three-time winners of the award. Manning also was the league MVP in 2003, when he shared it with Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair, and in 2004.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
** FILE ** In this Nov. 2, 2008 file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning looks to pass the ball during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Indianapolis. Manning can tell Brett Favre to move over and make room for him atop the roster of NFL Most Valuable Players. For the third time, Manning won the award by The Associated Press, tying Favre as the only players in that elite category. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
From left, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, Former NFL Player Brett Favre pose on the red carpet at the 2nd Annual NFL Honors, on Saturday, Feb. 2. 2013 in New Orleans (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)
Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre, now an assistant football coach at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss., speaks about the transition from player to coach during the first day of official practice for the fall high school football season, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Minnesota Vikings injured quarterback Brett Favre, right, congratulates quarterback Joe Webb after Webb's touchdown run in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Miles Kennedy)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, talks to reporters after practice for the team's NFL football divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- It looks as if it's going to come down to money.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirms the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning's representatives are discussing ways to revise his contract and give the team more flexibility in free agency.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.

Manning, who has made more money than any player in pro football history, is due to make another $19 million in both 2015 and `16, and his salary cap number for next season is $21.2 million.

John Elway has traditionally been one of the more aggressive general managers in the NFL when it comes to free agency, and he has plenty of problems to fix again this offseason.

Last year he lured DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib and Emmanuel Sanders, Pro Bowlers all, and he wants to make another run at a Super Bowl title with Manning, who turns 39 next month.

Redoing Manning's deal would give Elway more maneuverability as he addresses Denver's offseason needs, including retooling the offensive line that figures to have up to three new members next season.

Following Denver's playoff loss to his former team, the Indianapolis Colts, last month, Manning was non-committal about playing next season, which would be his 18th in the NFL. Elway asked him the next morning not to make a rash decision.

Manning flew to Denver on Feb. 12 to meet with Elway and new coach Gary Kubiak, both of whom said at the NFL scouting combine last week that they expected Manning to be their quarterback next season.

Manning must also pass a physical by March 5 where doctors check to see if there's any degeneration in his surgically repaired neck, but both the five-time MVP and Elway have said they consider that a mere formality.

The Broncos figure to have about $27 million to work with under the projected $148 million salary cap in 2015, but a franchise tag for star receiver Demaryius Thomas next week would eat up about half of that figure. Placing the franchise tag on Thomas would buy them some time to negotiate a long-term deal. They did that with kicker Matt Prater and blindside protector Ryan Clady.

They also have to allot at least $6 million for their bevy of draft picks that's expected to include multiple compensatory selections for all the free agents they lost last year.

Manning owns most of the significant QB records and is a half-season's worth of yards - 2,148 - shy of breaking Brett Favre's yardage record of 71,838.

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