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Wayne releases statement on holdout

Colts receiver Reggie Wayne would like to keep his holdout from mandatory minicamp professional:

“I have tremendous respect for Jim Irsay, Bill Polian and the entire Indianapolis Colts organization, but at this time, we are in disagreement
concerning my contract situation,” Wayne said in a statement sent to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“Therefore, I will not be attending this weekend’s minicamp.”

Wayne misses voluntary practices annually, so he’s used to getting ready for the season on his own.

“I
will continue training diligently in Florida, as I have each offseason
since my rookie year, to ensure that I am fully ready for this season,” he said.  “I hope that a fair resolution can be reached in the
not-too-distant future that allows me to achieve my goal of playing my
entire career with the Indianapolis Colts.”

Well, that was polite. (And an excellent statement as statements go.)

Skipping minicamp sends a clear message to the Colts.  The Colts can fine Wayne, but it’s only three days.  A training camp holdout would be far more worrisome for the organization.

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25 Responses to “Wayne releases statement on holdout”
  1. J.C. says: Jun 3, 2010 7:40 PM

    I love seeing dysfunction in both THIS camp and with the idiots in East Rutherford.
    Someone should put a leash on Stay Puft – all that rah rah shit leads to a bunch of loose lips and huge egos.

  2. joelvis72 says: Jun 3, 2010 7:43 PM

    “I will continue to train diligently in Florida, where Tracy Porter ate my lunch on February 7, 2010.”

  3. rrwillerton says: Jun 3, 2010 7:46 PM

    Wayne is insane. When he signed his original deal people thought it was too much money for him. The Colts treated him very well. You can’t sign huge deal and play out the big money years then demand a new deal, that isn’t how it works.

  4. granadafan says: Jun 3, 2010 7:48 PM

    “Well, that was polite. (And an excellent statement as statements go.) ”
    Oh come on. That was a lawyer/PR written statement designed to gain the sympathy of the media and public. Stop falling for the PR spin

  5. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jun 3, 2010 7:49 PM

    he’s worth the money but at age 32 i can see why their cautious

  6. irishsamurai says: Jun 3, 2010 7:56 PM

    YAAAAWN!! way too polite,no harsh words or cheap shots,too bad all athletes couldnt hold out with such integrity

  7. ICEWALKER says: Jun 3, 2010 7:59 PM

    At least Reggie Wayne isn’t holding an entire franchise hostage.

  8. Old Manny of the Mountains says: Jun 3, 2010 8:04 PM

    They should make the fines more $. The freakin guy is under contract. If he didn’t like the terms of the deal, he shouldn’t have signed the contract.
    there are two kinds of contracts in the NFL.. Front loaded and back loaded. Front loaded contracts have the players holding out in the latter years, and back loaded contracts have teams cutting players in the latter years.. Personally, I’d take most of my money in the beginning.. Anyone who signs a contract that pays them more in the final year of the contract usually aren’t around to see it (or get restructured extension).
    either way, cry me a river….

  9. WingT says: Jun 3, 2010 8:07 PM

    I don’t understand how there’s a disagreement – he has a contract right? He has previously agreed to play for the Colts in 2010 right?

  10. Mizzou1839 says: Jun 3, 2010 9:02 PM

    For everyone stating that ‘he’s under contract’, then would you agree that teams have to honor the contract too? Fat chance of that EVER happening.

  11. tomcous says: Jun 3, 2010 9:21 PM

    It’s a CONTRACT Reggie … there’s also a reason Pro Sports teams backload contracts.
    P.S. Reggie … you have a QB that makes duds into studs … Mr. Streetclothes would be happy making league minimum and catching golden eggs from Peyton!

  12. Gautam says: Jun 3, 2010 9:33 PM

    the Colts have seen how the performance of guys in their 30s can suddenly drop, so I can understand why they will be cautious in giving out more money
    but it is the Colts … their top players always manage to get top money

  13. sethb22 says: Jun 3, 2010 9:56 PM

    Gauranteed Contracts would be awesome. Lets say a player signs a contract. The team has to pay him that much long as he does his part by being there and cant cut him if he gets hurt. A Player could be sued if he didnt hold up his part of the bargain. put that with the rookie scale. take care of the retiree’s and share a little of the profits and a new CBA is born.
    P.S. None of this happens

  14. sethb22 says: Jun 3, 2010 9:57 PM

    Gauranteed Contracts would be awesome. Lets say a player signs a contract. The team has to pay him that much long as he does his part by being there and cant cut him if he gets hurt. A Player could be sued if he didnt hold up his part of the bargain. put that with the rookie scale. take care of the retiree’s and share a little of the profits and a new CBA is born.
    P.S. None of this happens

  15. catsville says: Jun 3, 2010 10:02 PM

    Hey all you “it’s a contract, what’s wrong with this country” people. If Reggie Wayne doesn’t play as well as the Colts would like this year, they’ll cut him. They won’t care that THEY signed a contract with HIM. They’ll just cut his ass. This is football, not a typical contract between a typical employer. This is SPORTS, a whole different beast. Quit acting like either side has ANY loyalty in this game. They don’t. Get over it. This whole crying about ethics and morals is a joke. Both sides are money grabbing whores. It just depends on if the player is young enough, or healthy enough, to perform up to his contract. When he’s not, bye bye. If he has leverage, he uses it.

  16. cleanface says: Jun 3, 2010 11:00 PM

    Hey Reggie- That was an In Route you were supposed to run in the Super Bowl……you had your chance and YOU BLEW IT!!!!!!!!!

  17. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 3, 2010 11:12 PM

    The Colts made him the 3rd highest paid receiver in the game when he wasn’t even a top 5 receiver. If he doesn’t like his contract, he shouldn’t have taken the security of a big signing bonus and signed only a 3 year deal. This is getting old. These dumbass players act like the signing bonus is just free money.

  18. robert ethen says: Jun 4, 2010 12:50 AM

    Reggie just wants an extra 93 gr to clear up some credit card problems.

  19. Chris says: Jun 4, 2010 2:34 AM

    Pay the man! dont be stingy Indy! that rhymes, ha
    garcon and collie arent garcon and collie (ha, as if there anybody now- in the colts eyes they are) if not for wayne
    hes your number #1, so act like it…
    the most wins in the decade and all you got to show for it is 1 SB win over Rex Grossman and the pathetic bears squad in a rainy game
    you can just tell how un-special that ring was, look at mannings face when he holds the trophy in the air at the end, hes got that look on his face like , “dang i threw the pick” , no memorable moment for you at all that game…
    4 MVPs not equal to 1 SB , 1 SB equal to the same number of rings Trent Dilfer has…
    football is a team sport, its greatness is measured by how many team championships not MVPs

  20. Chapnasty2 says: Jun 4, 2010 5:26 AM

    I hear Marvin Harrison is holding out too

  21. lololnpnp says: Jun 4, 2010 7:29 AM

    A question for those of you who take the player’s side and mention teams being able to cut them. Is it not in their contract that they receive a specific amount of guaranteed money regardless of what happens? If a player signs a contract guaranteeing 30 mil but is (not realistically) cut during the 2nd season, they will STILL RECEIVE THAT MONEY! Heck most of that comes as a big signing bonus nowadays.
    If only I could get my boss to give me a million dollar bonus before I start work. Then have him immediately fire me so I can not work the next few years while still collecting paychecks from the company. You all are right, these players do have it bad. Sometimes it’s better to not say anything instead of making dumbass observations and looking stupid.
    These players can suck it and this is why the NFL will always look better than the NFLPA.

  22. Anybodyhome says: Jun 4, 2010 7:43 AM

    Hang on there, Reg. Let’s take a look at your situation. Here’s a piece of paper I found… looks like a contract… yes, it is.
    3/2/2006: Signed a six-year, $39.5 million contract. The deal included a $12.5 million signing bonus. 2010: $5.47 million
    2011: $5.95 million
    2012: Free Agent
    Remember this? This is your signature, right? Help me to understand where the “disagreement” is, could you please?

  23. Abe the Hoosier says: Jun 4, 2010 11:37 AM

    catsville hit the nail on the head. This isn’t the real world — it’s football. Contracts are structured to where nothing is guaranteed EXCEPT guaranteed money (the big buzzword players go after). Other than the guaranteed money, the rest of the contract is only valid as long as both sides think the contract is ‘fair’. If the player underperforms, he gets cut and no longer has a job. If he overperforms, he holds out and demands more money.
    But wait, it sort of is like real life. Say you’re working a corporate job trying to work up the ladder. Now lets say you keep forgetting to put your cover sheets on your TPS reports and underperform big time… that’s when they fire your ass, contract or not. (sort of like firing with cause) On the other hand, say you’re a incredible employee who’s raking in the dollars head and shoulders above everyone else. Said employee now has tons of leverage and can demand a promotion because the organization knows that if they don’t put out the $$, someone else gladly will.
    Basic economics. Supply/demand. If you supply, you can demand.

  24. Bious says: Jun 4, 2010 5:03 PM

    Considering the MASSIVE salary that Manning is sure to get, Wayne expecting anything above what he is making out now….is laughably incorrect

  25. granadafan says: Jun 4, 2010 6:53 PM

    irishsamurai says:
    June 3, 2010 7:56 PM
    YAAAAWN!! way too polite,no harsh words or cheap shots,too bad all athletes couldnt hold out with such integrity
    ————————————————
    irishsamurai , sigh, Wayne’s agent wrote that statement. It’s called PR spin to fool the public into thinking he’s the good guy.
    Not saying this is the case of Wayne, but did you ever notice how athletes can barely speak, use proper English or use Ebonics in conjugating verbs and then in their “statement”, suddenly all the verbs are properly conjugated and the statement is very very neutral? That’s called PR (Public Relations).

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