Colts receiver Reggie Wayne is set to make $5.95 million in 2011, the final season of the six-year, $39 million contract he signed in 2006. He’d like to make more than that, and he’d like a contract that lets him know he’ll finish his career in Indianapolis.
But Wayne says he’s not going to hold out to get what he wants.
“I’m a Colt. What else I’m gonna be?” Wayne told the Indianapolis Star. “I’m going to go to work. That’s what I do.”
Although the Indianapolis Star story describes $5.95 million for 2011 as “below market value for a player of Wayne’s caliber,” that’s debatable. Wayne’s numbers in 2011 — 111 catches for 1,355 yards — were spectacular, but there are a lot of receivers who could put up spectacular numbers with Peyton Manning throwing to them.
Furthermore, Wayne will turn 33 this season. The Colts found out the hard way with Marvin Harrison that giving a big contract to a receiver in his 30s can be a costly mistake.
Wayne also surely knows that the Colts’ top priority will be a new contract for Manning, and any other deals they do will have to fit into whatever cap room is left. And so Wayne is ready to accept that he just needs to keep working hard and hope for the best.
“I’ll keep doing my thing,” Wayne said. “Hopefully I’ll get another contract.”