The Broncos quarterback still has a month before he needs to take his physical, an examination that locks in a $19 million salary for next year, and according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, he could go either way at the moment.
While some, including Mike Klis of The Denver Post, feel like Manning's return is a foregone conclusion, Rapoport notes that Denver's recent activity could be a series of chess moves to clear the deck.
Gary Kubiak, the front-runner for Denver's vacancy, does not run an offense that necessarily suits Manning's style.
Per Rapoport, John Elway was concerned about the team's toughness after a loss to St. Louis earlier in the season and wondered if his team had gotten as good as they possibly could with the current staff and roster.
Hitting the reset button might be intriguing, but moving away from Manning would seem ludicrous if the future Hall of Famer has anything left in the tank.
The Broncos have enough pieces to make at least one more legitimate run in 2015, but has Elway's mind already been made up? Has Manning's?