With Peyton Manning set to become the third player to retire from the NFL, the Broncos will now be without their All-Pro quarterback for three months.
The Broncos are also losing their most-productive player in a span of nine years, who led the team to Super Bowl XLVII and the Broncos to four Super Bowl championships.
But they also will lose two key members of the core of the team, who are the only two players on the Broncos roster who were with the team for a combined five years.
Peyton Manning, who is 32 years old, was selected in the second round (No. 42 overall) of the 2004 draft by the Denver Broncos.
The team also selected linebacker Von Miller in the first round (19th overall) in 2003.
The two players have a combined 1,955 career sacks.
Miller and Manning are the team’s only two active players to have 1,000 career sacks, and the other active player is cornerback Marcus Peters, who had 1,094 career sacks in his career.
The Denver Broncos won five Super Bowls between 2004 and 2014.
They won the division three times and won the Super Bowl in each of the past six seasons.
Manning was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014 and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVIII.
He was also named to the All-Decade Team in 2016 and was named to The Associated Press’ All-America First Team in 2017.
The three-time NFL MVP also was a two-time Super Bowl champion.
He led the league in touchdown passes (10,813), passing yards (1,932,926), passing touchdowns (47), passing TDs (11) and passing yards per game (5.44).
He also played in six All-Star Games, including the 2010 and 2014 editions.
The NFL will honor Manning with a lifetime achievement award, a posthumous Pro Football Foundation honor.
The Pro Football Writers of America will honor him with the Joe Montana Award.
“I think the most important thing about this decision is that it will put us all in a position to have a very positive conversation about the role we played in helping build a championship franchise,” Manning said in a statement.
“The players have been great ambassadors for our sport.
We all have been there for each other through the difficult times.
It’s the responsibility of every organization to do the same.”
The Broncos will announce the new starting quarterback on Wednesday.
The new coach of the Broncos, Wade Phillips, was a former quarterback with the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins.
He has worked with several other NFL teams, including Green Bay, San Francisco and Oakland.
He joined the NFL Network on Tuesday as a consultant.
The Chargers are set to open their season at Buffalo on Oct. 25.
The Bills, who finished 1-10 last season, will be in need of a boost at quarterback.
They lost quarterback Matt McGloin for the season with a torn ACL.
They also lost backup quarterback Joe Webb to a season-ending knee injury.
They have one other quarterback who started at least one game last season.
The Patriots signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, to a one-year contract extension.
Fitzpatrick is expected to make the team out of training camp.
He started all 13 games at quarterback last season and completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 1,633 yards and five touchdowns.
He threw for 517 yards and six touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis.
The New England Patriots have been searching for a new quarterback for the past two seasons.
New England fired Tom Brady and replaced him with Julian Edelman.
The move was widely seen as a power move that helped the Patriots win the Super Big 12 title.
Edelman finished the season as the league’s No. 3 passer with a completion percentage of 65.5.