ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning says Tom Brady apologized to him — unnecessarily — after taking a shot at him in recently released emails.

Brady’s exchange with a childhood friend last November was contained in documents released as part of the NFLPA’s lawsuit on behalf of Brady seeking to quash his four-game suspension.

In it, Brady, wrote: “I’ve got another 7 or 8 years. He has 2.”

Manning said after Wednesday’s practice that Brady was just joining the public conversation predicting when he’ll retire.

“Everybody’s been speculating on that for a long time, so I guess he’s joining the list,” Manning said in his first public comments since the emails were published last week.

Manning, a five-time MVP, is 39, a year older than Brady, who owns four Super Bowl rings to Manning’s one.

In another email exchange, this one coming after the Patriots’ rout of the Broncos in a November game, a different friend of Brady’s took his own shot at Manning, saying Denver’s QB “needs things to be perfect to succeed, weather, his system, etc.” The friend also noted how well Brady was moving around.

“We are some hard working grinders beav,” Brady responded. “That’s what our team is all about. Our best is still ahead of us.”

Manning shrugged it all off.

“Hey, Tom sent me an apology text that was unnecessary,” Manning said. “The fact that his emails got revealed doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. So, no harm, no foul. And (I) didn’t think a lot of it.”

Besides, Manning said, the barbs were rather innocuous.

“Someone said I was roasted. I mean, I’ve been roasted before. That is not a roast,” Manning said. “… I can promise you that email was Amateur Night compared to some of the things people really said about me.”

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