Reggie Wayne may want a new contract, too

The Indianapolis Colts have three Pro Bowl players — wide receiver Reggie Wayne, defensive end Robert Mathis and safety Antoine Bethea — who are skipping voluntary workouts this offseason. In the cases of Mathis and Bethea, their absences are related to their contracts: Mathis wants a new one, while Bethea, a restricted free agent who hasn’t signed his tender, doesn’t have one.

But is Wayne’s absence also related to his contract? Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star speculates that it might be.

If Wayne does want a new contract, it seems awfully unlikely that he’d get one. His base salaries are $5.47 million in 2010 and $5.95 million in 2011, and the Colts would have to deal with 30 percent rule in renegotiating with Wayne.

And while Wayne was still at the top of his game in 2009, he’ll turn 32 during the 2010 season. The Colts aren’t likely to extend Wayne into his mid- to late-30s after seeing how quickly Marvin Harrison’s productivity dropped when he reached his mid- to late-30s.

Finally, there’s the matter of the Colts making clear that their top priority is doing a new deal for Peyton Manning. Knowing that they’re going to give Manning a new contract (maybe the biggest in NFL history), they’re not going to want to go on a spending spree on other players.

So if Wayne is unhappy with his contract, he’s likely to stay unhappy for a while.

17 responses to “Reggie Wayne may want a new contract, too

  1. The wide receiver position doesn’t matter in Indy. When Peyton turns folks like Stokley, Garcon, Clark, and Collie into studs then you know it’s the system and not the receiver.

  2. i too am unhappy with my salary and am considering holding out from my work in hopes of attaining a new contract.

  3. Glad Wayne is unhappy. I’m unhappy with his piss pooe effort in the Super Bowl, and especially with one route he ran half assed.
    Get to camp Reggie, don’t be a diva. Try to redeem yourself.

  4. I dont think this is new until Wayne,and Mathis are staying away from mandatory OTA. Everything to this point has been voluntary. Reggie Wayne has never come to voluntary OTAs.

  5. Looks like the Colts have their share of distractions this offseason as well. Wayne may be holding out from a jail cell if the media speculation is correct that he filed a false police report against his mistress.

  6. Peyton Manning at 45 would still be better than 80% of the quarterbacks in the game.

  7. # mob_barley says: June 2, 2010 12:19 PM
    peyton manning is on the downward side of his carreer.
    ——————————————————
    Don’t know much about football do you?
    The only thing that’s on the downward side about Peyton is posters like you saying he’s on the downward side of his career.
    Peyton will out preform any and all QB’s till he not idiots like you decides to call it quits.

  8. I’ll all for Reggie getting a new deal as long as he hooks me up with his debit card.

  9. Peyton Manning is 34 and has played 12 seasons already. He certainly isn’t on the upside of his career. The guy is obviously more than halfway done, unless he pulls a Favre and continues to choke away seasons in the playoffs well into the twilight of life.

  10. Ufanforreal…
    Peyton is great. not as great as he once was, but still better than 80% of qbs like MeatTuperello stated. but you have to admit he’s on the downward side of his career. I never said he should call it quits and i still have great respect for him and his ability. but anyone hoping for manning to make it back to the superbowl again is surely out of luck. talk about football. don’t get so defensive. you act like i was talking smack about yo mamma. which by the way I am not.
    I am glad that we are talking about the quarterback who made reggie wayne and not reggie wayne himself. that’s good.

  11. Meat, I have to agree about his SB performance. He quit on the route that led to the critical INT and followed it up with gator arms in the endzone.

  12. The wide receiver position doesn’t matter in Indy. When Peyton turns folks like Stokley, Garcon, Clark, and Collie into studs then you know it’s the system and not the receiver.
    ———-
    not the system but the QB lol

  13. Colts fans are the eternal optimists. The glass is always half full with that bunch.
    Don’t underestimate the fact that Manning had neck surgery in the off season. Neck surgery is NEVER a desirable event.

  14. Mob,
    I’m saying that in 11 years, when Peyton is 45, that if he is still playing(doubtful) he would still be better than 80% of the qb’s in the game.
    He’s by far the best in the game now, and in my opinion the best that has ever thrown a pigskin.
    It is safe to say his career is more than half over, but I could see him playing at an elite level barring injury for 6 or so more years.

  15. “but anyone hoping for manning to make it back to the superbowl again is surely out of luck.”
    Let’s revisit this topic when the Colts are off to yet another 12-0, 10-1, (insert incredible start de jour here).
    Every year the Colts are falling apart, the dynasty is crumbling, there’s no way they can repeat the previous year’s performance…and they answer. Again, anything short of a SB victory is a bit of a disappointment, but that’s only because the Colts have been so damn good for a decade.
    Remember when Dungy retired and everyone thought that was the straw that broke the camel’s back? I guess we did only go to the superbowl with a rookie coach. As long as #18 is tossing the ball around making secondaries look silly, the BIG BLUE MACHINE will roll.

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