That's not a reflection on Manning. Truth is, I'm not convinced he'd come back and accept the $28 million-plus and leave the Colts strapped for cash and dead against the cap. Why would he? He'd be returning to a team that would make 2-14 look like a walk in the park. He wants to win.
What we have here are two longtime friends who are trying to make things work, even if some of the public utterances can be perceived as antagonistic.