INDIANAPOLIS -- The Denver Broncos' top brass has been in contact with Peyton Manning in recent days -- with more conversations expected in the coming days -- but coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday the team wants the quarterback "to take his time'' with the decision to retire or try to return for the 2016 season.
At the league's scouting combine, Kubiak said Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway said they had recent discussions with Manning.
"I think he and John [Elway] have had some conversations,'' Kubiak said. "I had a brief one with him [Tuesday]. We will be talking probably [Wednesday] or I know this week. We want him to take his time, and we'll work from there. Nothing has changed.''
Manning, who missed seven starts this past season because of a tear in his plantar fascia near his left heel, is set to turn 40 on March 24. And while the Broncos continue to publicly say the organization is in no hurry for Manning's decision, there is a deadline of sorts in place.
Manning's $19 million base salary is guaranteed when the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 9. Kubiak said Wednesday the Broncos, winners of Super Bowl 50 earlier this month, still don't have a specific timetable for the decisions.
"I think the bottom line is we made a decision of how we're going to go about it,'' Kubiak said. "Once again, it's about him taking his time to work through things and think through things. There is no hurry here. I want him to enjoy what just took place. We'll go from there. Nothing has changed from that standpoint. That plan continues to be in place ... I think it's free agency and all of those things leading up to it. There are obviously time frames in our business, but I think we kind of went through this last year and we're going to stick to it exactly how we did it last year.''
If Manning wants to return, he still has a year remaining on his contract, and he would have to pass an exam on his surgically repaired neck before March 9. The Broncos are also working toward a deal with quarterback Brock Osweiler, who is poised to be an unrestricted free agent.
Osweiler was 170 of 275 for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in his seven starts last season. Osweiler was pulled in the third quarter of the regular-season finale as Manning led a comeback win over the San Diego Chargers, earning the Broncos home-field advantage.
Manning then started the Broncos' three playoff games. The Broncos were 5-2 in Osweiler's starts, including overtime wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots. Both Elway and Kubiak have consistently said they want to retain the 25-year-old Osweiler, who was the Broncos' second-round draft pick in 2012 -- the year Broncos signed Manning.
"I think he has a bright future, obviously, he did a heck of a job for us,'' Kubiak said Wednesday. "... He played against some really good people in some tough situations. He played very well. I think he has a bright future. Obviously we think the world of him. We want him to be a part of our football team ... He's been real special with the job he's done this year. I think he's grown a great deal."
ESPN's Mike Wells contributed to this report.