Whispers are circulating that Peyton Manning does not want to play for the Washington Redskins and that he so informed the team. When has anyone said "no" to Daniel Snyder? To Mike Shanahan? Yes, it was done when undrafted rookie Tony Romo turned down the offer to join Shanahan in Denver to sign instead with the Cowboys for half the money. But to turn down a Snyder offer? Never.
It's the offseason. Everybody's lying. Keep that in mind when you hear these stories.
With Peyton, like Romo, it's not solely a matter of money. Jim Irsay paid the man $26 million last season despite Manning's pain in the neck.
Manning has a set of criteria that guide his choice of his next team -- and the choice is his more than the team's. The Redskins are not a very good fit.
Washington is more than a season away from challenging for the Super Bowl. Mike Shanahan has the Redskins on the glide path to division contender by 2013 and to higher achievements thereafter. Manning will be done by then.