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Reggie Wayne: This could be my last game in Indianapolis

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Peyton Manning isn’t the only longtime Colt who’s likely to leave Indianapolis next year. One of Manning’s favorite receivers, Reggie Wayne, said today that he thinks he may be leaving the Colts as well.

Asked by a reporter whether Thursday night against the Texans will be his last home game with the Colts, Wayne said that’s entirely possible.

“Well, it could,” Wayne said, in comments distributed by the team. “I am well aware of that and I’ve come to the conclusion that in every athlete’s career they are going to be faced with this decision at some point in time, whether it is a long career or a short career.”

Wayne has been with the Colts for his entire 11-year NFL career, and he hasn’t missed a game since his rookie year. He’s been a staple of the Colts’ offense, but we’ve all seen this year that the Colts have to make massive changes, and with the 33-year-old Wayne becoming a free agent after the season, he’s likely to go elsewhere as the Colts begin a youth movement.

If Wayne is done in Indianapolis, he says he’ll miss the local fans.

“I truly appreciate them,” Wayne said. “They come out with the Reggie signs, and no matter what the situation is they are always there cheering and it could be a little tough. Everybody said it would be a little emotional for me.”

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79 Responses to “Reggie Wayne: This could be my last game in Indianapolis”
  1. supremeomega says: Dec 21, 2011 5:56 PM

    Not quite HOF but a great player! Did it with class no look at me nonsense. Will miss you RW! Good luck wherever you go!

  2. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Dec 21, 2011 5:59 PM

    c’mon down to carolina reggie.

  3. wyoyyz says: Dec 21, 2011 6:00 PM

    He would look good in a Bears uniform.

  4. xpensivewinos says: Dec 21, 2011 6:01 PM

    Tom Brady is going to love throwing to Reggie Wayne……

  5. Lou Pickney says: Dec 21, 2011 6:01 PM

    I wonder if the Colts would consider using the franchise tag on Wayne? It might be their best move, particularly if they can sign Pierre Garçon and Robert Mathis to new deals before free agency begins.

  6. jcusa514 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:03 PM

    a return to Miami would be nice. I’m sure Stephen Ross would seriously consider bringing in a guy from the U

  7. jnbnet says: Dec 21, 2011 6:04 PM

    supremeomega says:
    Dec 21, 2011 5:56 PM
    Not quite HOF but a great player! Did it with class no look at me nonsense. Will miss you RW! Good luck wherever you go

    Patriots fan here….and I agree. He plays the way it should be….lets his play do all the talking. Class act.

  8. norseyapper says: Dec 21, 2011 6:06 PM

    A very good WR without a diva bone in his body. Every team can use a guy like that, especially if you have some young players to “coach up.”

  9. ammarradhi says: Dec 21, 2011 6:09 PM

    You would look great in a purple 87, a lot better than Berrian Fo Sho

  10. packattack1967 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:09 PM

    With another Lombardi maybe Donald will hand him the keys to his locker.

  11. simalex says: Dec 21, 2011 6:10 PM

    Why not the 49ers? Reggie Wayne, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, with a dose Ted Ginn Jr., plus Alex Smith with another year of the same offense and a full offseason – that could be a pretty great offense.

  12. tim1999 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:11 PM

    …if you’re lucky Reggie it will be your last game.

  13. simalex says: Dec 21, 2011 6:11 PM

    Forgot about Michael Crabtree in my previous post. Whoops.

  14. domezo says: Dec 21, 2011 6:11 PM

    Reggie Wayne a viking? i think yes! much needed deep threat!

  15. yelix says: Dec 21, 2011 6:12 PM

    And he’ll get big money from some other team and never produce as much as he did in Indy’s very specific, unique offense.

  16. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Dec 21, 2011 6:12 PM

    Ocho out! Reggie Wayne in! I Wish

  17. Dynasty says: Dec 21, 2011 6:14 PM

    Manning and Wayne to South Beach?????? Bush, Marshall, draft a TE and your looking a one EXPLOSIVE offense!! Come on Miami, trade the farm and make it happen!!

  18. kyleortonsarm says: Dec 21, 2011 6:14 PM

    He’s a no good player with no class at all. He won’t be missed.

  19. pilot2011 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:16 PM

    I could definitely see Reggie taking a long look at Carolina. He and Steve Smith would be pretty impressive.

    Would there be defense in professional football that could stop that?!

    Cam Newton to Smith/Wayne, Olsen/Shockey, and Williams/Stewart

  20. turdfurgerson68 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:18 PM

    Why don’t you take a drive up I-95 Mr. Wayne? There’s a QB named Brady that would be a fine match for your skills.

  21. hwatt says: Dec 21, 2011 6:20 PM

    Looking for a few more years on your way to retirement? The Chicago Bears specialize in signing big names who’ve given their best years to other teams. And we’re only a 3-hour a drive away from where you are!

  22. rajbais says: Dec 21, 2011 6:26 PM

    Not surprised to hear him say this,
    but what system could he play in?

    He actually could go to the Jets because his ex-offensive coordinator Tom Moore is on their staff. Plus, they need another receiver!!!

  23. edavidberg says: Dec 21, 2011 6:26 PM

    SF would be the perfect fit especially if Manning ends up there which I think makes the most sense for everybody.

    I can’t imagine the Colts paying Manning a $25 million roster bonus, I think he becomes a FA and his best shot at another title or two is SF.

  24. djc23 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:29 PM

    Reggie!! Reggie!! Reggie!!

  25. genericcommenter says: Dec 21, 2011 6:33 PM

    2 Years ago Pierre Garcon had the worst season of a starting WR during the Manning era. Now I see people talking about how good he is, how he passed other WRs on the depth chart and is keeping other guys off the field, needs to be extended, etc.

    Did Garcon really improve from being worse than Qadry Ismail at the end of his career to being really good? Was Peyton Manning holding HIM down?

  26. redstar504 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:38 PM

    Why don’t you come on home Reggie? We don’t really need any more WR’s but playing for the home team and catching passes from Drew Brees ain’t all that bad.

    Not to mention with all the weaponry the Saints have it’s practically impossible for a defense to concentrate on any one player.

  27. vikesfan0717 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:40 PM

    Minnesota ?

  28. trbowman says: Dec 21, 2011 6:41 PM

    Funny how Garcon has a career year WITHOUT Peyton. So much for just being a product of him.

    I bet Wayne follows Peyton to his next team. He’ll lobby for him.

  29. govtminion says: Dec 21, 2011 6:47 PM

    He reminds me of Rod Smith when he played in Denver. No flashy dances, no taunts through the media, just going out, playing at a fantastic level, and making it look easy. One of the game’s true class acts, and I wish him the best of luck wherever he ends up. If not for the fact that he really wouldn’t fit the direction they’re going, I’d love to see him play for my Broncos.

  30. icanspeel says: Dec 21, 2011 6:52 PM

    Lots of teams would welcome him if he doesn’t return to the Colts

  31. slammincamnewton says: Dec 21, 2011 6:59 PM

    Imagine Cam Newton throwing to Smith, Wayne, Lafell, Shockey, and Olsen.

    Super Bowl even with a crap defense.

  32. jpak12 says: Dec 21, 2011 7:00 PM

    Both Brady and Bill seem to really like him and it would be awesome to see him with the Pats, don’t see it happening though.

  33. jrfrom508 says: Dec 21, 2011 7:12 PM

    He’d be lookin like fiiiiire in a NE uniform. He and Brady would have branch/welker like telepathy. Come on up Reggie, Tommy Ballgame needs another sure hand out there catchin bullets and lookin like a professional doin it.
    CHEA

  34. murf17 says: Dec 21, 2011 7:18 PM

    Wayne and Manning will be reunited once again next year whether it be in Indy, SF, Jets or Miami. The best bet for the both of them is to go to the Jets where Manning will have a decent defense, good running attack and Tom Moore giving Peyton his options once again. I don’t even want to think about him in a Pats uniform either. Holy Crap!

  35. trollaikman8 says: Dec 21, 2011 7:18 PM

    Welcome to Denver Mr.Wayne.
    Tebow’s hands have healed lepers, what makes you think it couldn’t rejuvenate you?

  36. indywilson40 says: Dec 21, 2011 7:38 PM

    trbowman, you couldn’t possibly be more clueless. Garcon’s numbers are almost identical to his first 2 seasons as a WR. The only difference in this year and previous years is that he has many fewer drops. Do you think Reggie Wayne misses Manning? First time in 8 years that he won’t reach 1,000 receiving. Think Collie misses Manning? Collie has been invisible this year and played at a pro-bowl level last year. I could have 10 td catches playing with Manning.

  37. goldrush36 says: Dec 21, 2011 7:42 PM

    Come to San Francisco. Would love to have a playmaker that consistently catches the ball instead of tipping it in the air or outright dropping it.

  38. adx321 says: Dec 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    trbowman says: Dec 21, 2011 6:41 PM

    Funny how Garcon has a career year WITHOUT Peyton. So much for just being a product of him.

    I bet Wayne follows Peyton to his next team. He’ll lobby for him.

    Uhhhhh he’s had about the same year statistically as he did last year

  39. itsmammoth says: Dec 21, 2011 7:55 PM

    Take your pick.

    Redskins, Bears, Panthers, Rams, Bears, Raiders, 49ers, or Pats.

  40. paulglavic says: Dec 21, 2011 7:56 PM

    I know this is relatively unrealistic, but what if they joined forces in Cleveland or Washington. Those teams identical insofar as having above average defenses, obsolete offenses, and a high draft pick. If one of them added Manning and Wayne while also drafting a weapon like Trent Richardson or Alshon Jeffrey, you could be looking at a worst-to-first turnaround, even in their extremely competitive respective devisions.

  41. tdrundmc says: Dec 21, 2011 8:10 PM

    wyoyyz says:
    Dec 21, 2011 6:00 PM
    He would look good in a Bears uniform.

    The Bears already have enough mediocre receivers, they don’t need another one.

  42. crashlion says: Dec 21, 2011 8:12 PM

    Come to Detroit, Reggie.

  43. wtfchiefs says: Dec 21, 2011 8:15 PM

    He WAS awesome. This has buyer beware all over it IMO

  44. jersey73 says: Dec 21, 2011 8:20 PM

    ‘Peyton Manning isn’t the only longtime Colt who’s likely to leave Indianapolis next year.”

    What a dumb comment to lead the article with. Reggie probably won’t be back, but insinuating that Peyton is likely to leave Indy next year is a dumb comment.

  45. mortmybrother says: Dec 21, 2011 8:33 PM

    Would look good in Aqua and Orange …. Oh wait , no one to throw it to him!!!!!!!!

  46. wmendez68 says: Dec 21, 2011 8:42 PM

    Rumblings out of New Orleans is that he wants to come home and play for the Saints. He has family and a business there..

  47. jkffootballguy says: Dec 21, 2011 8:45 PM

    Welcome to Minnesota!

  48. easydog100 says: Dec 21, 2011 8:49 PM

    Please sign with the Browns… you can catch the ball.
    PLease…………..

  49. albinorhino49 says: Dec 21, 2011 8:50 PM

    The Niners will make a play on him for sure. Edwards is on a one year deal and if he doesn’t pick it up he won’t be back. Kyle Williams has taken his spot next to Crabtree and is playing well. We could use Reggie and we have the money.

  50. brintfatre says: Dec 21, 2011 9:00 PM

    He’ll be in Tennessee next season with Peyton.

  51. mcjon22 says: Dec 21, 2011 9:09 PM

    Twenty bucks says he’s going wherever Peyton Manning signs. Takers anyone?

  52. PantySTEELER says: Dec 21, 2011 9:47 PM

    supremeomega says:
    Dec 21, 2011 5:56 PM
    Not quite HOF but a great player! Did it with class no look at me nonsense. Will miss you RW! Good luck wherever you go!

    True he has been nothing but a class act and as about as consistent as any WR in the past decade. But I completely disagree with your ridiculous assertion that he won’t get into Canton. His ELITE numbers below will take him to the HOF especially considering he’s still garnered some modest but decent numbers with about a half dozen crap QBs this season. This will ensure a team will sign him this off season for at least a couple of years(probably replacing Ocho Zero). He’s never been a burner but we all know Tom Brady looooooves a guy who can run a route and Reggie “make it rain” Wayne does that as well as anyone in the AFC. See for yourself:

    5× Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
    3× All-Pro selection (2007, 2009, 2010)
    Super Bowl champion (XLI)

    Receptions 846
    Receiving yards 11,529

  53. patriotinvasion says: Dec 21, 2011 10:09 PM

    Pats fan here. Colts have been our arch rival for a decade, but Reggie is a beast with much respect in Boston.

  54. frankdatank23 says: Dec 21, 2011 10:15 PM

    turdfurgerson68 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:18 PM

    “Why don’t you take a drive up I-95 Mr. Wayne? There’s a QB named Brady that would be a fine match for your skills.”

    It’s a long ways from indianapolis to interstate 95.

  55. buzzbissinger says: Dec 21, 2011 10:33 PM

    Too bad, hey, whatever happened to that guy Marvin Harrison?

  56. phillybeav says: Dec 21, 2011 10:45 PM

    Let DeSean walk then bring in RW to mentor Maclin as well as provide the veteran leadership that the Eagles desperately need.

    Realistically? Brady to Welker, Gronkowski, and… Wayne in 2012. Perfect fit for NE.

  57. croghan1919 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:44 PM

    The man shows up at training camp wearing a hardhat, orange safety vest and driving a dump truck saying: “Lets get to work”
    Where ever RW ends up he will do well.

  58. tatum064 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:47 PM

    paulglavic says:
    Dec 21, 2011 7:56 PM
    I know this is relatively unrealistic, but what if they joined forces in Cleveland or Washington. Those teams identical insofar as having above average defenses, obsolete offenses, and a high draft pick. If one of them added Manning and Wayne while also drafting a weapon like Trent Richardson or Alshon Jeffrey, you could be looking at a worst-to-first turnaround, even in their extremely competitive respective devisions.

    ===========

    Washington is a top 7-10 defense…their offense is so awful, and they are constantly on the field. Manning to Washington would be brilliant, so was Manning to Kansas City …. but they’d have to do something with Matt Cassel. Be interesting to see what Wayne could do in St. Louis, paired with Oklahoma St. WR Justin Blackmon.

  59. blackngold09 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:00 AM

    Wayne has been a great player for a long time, no doubt. I agree with every positive thing said on here about him.

    Panthers fans: Your comments on here about how adding Wayne to your team to go along with players like Lafell, Shockey and Olsen- About how hard it would be to stop these guys together… Thats an average group at best, No doubt RW adds talent, but his supporting cast would not all of a sudden make some super recieving corps… the Te’s are old and Lafells not going to any pro bowls anytime soon… Come guys, you know better….

  60. crise40g says: Dec 22, 2011 12:08 AM

    Reggie in S&B would be be nice. Be the WR1 and more importantly, show the young guns how to be an NFL WR.

  61. patsfiend says: Dec 22, 2011 12:33 AM

    I would love to see this guy wearing a Patriots jersey on Sundays. He’s not gonna get diva money from the Pats, though.

    Reggie, you want to solidify those almost-HOF numbers? You want to stick with a professional QB? You can take right over for Branch, since he’s done. We’ll set you up with a nice penthouse suite in Providence… COME TO THE PATS!

  62. 1fast84 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:33 AM

    Take a short drive to cincy! Green and Wayne as #1 and #2 wr’s with Gresham as TE and Shipley in the slot and Dalton as QB and that good defense. Mike brown would never do it but all bengals fans can do is dream ha

  63. yevrag3535 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:41 AM

    Without Manning you are nothing, retire bum..

  64. djaehne says: Dec 22, 2011 12:47 AM

    This just in: Reggie Wayne may not be back with
    the Colts next season. In other news, the sun will rise at 6:48 am tomorrow…..

  65. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 22, 2011 2:16 AM

    Dibbs!!!

  66. jerruhjones21 says: Dec 22, 2011 3:54 AM

    kyleortonsarm says:Dec 21, 2011 6:14 PM

    He’s a no good player with no class at all. He won’t be missed.

    ————————–

    Troll of the Year!

    If you died tomorrow, I suspect people would be saying the same about you…

  67. ruggerlad says: Dec 22, 2011 6:09 AM

    Reggie you are not nearly as good as you think you are. You have been and always will be a #2 WR.

  68. blackcatnfl says: Dec 22, 2011 6:59 AM

    You all have it WRONG. Reggie Wayne was a #1 draft pick for the Colts. Therefore, he is a Raider.

  69. dlmcc1010 says: Dec 22, 2011 7:06 AM

    He will wind up wherever Peyton Manning winds up next year. Maybe KC?

  70. guypatsfan says: Dec 22, 2011 7:33 AM

    One thing’s for certain – every team in the NFL will be tripping over each other to get Wayne. A consummate professional and class act all the way, with great leadership skills, who wouldn’t want him on their roster?

  71. shackdelrio says: Dec 22, 2011 8:10 AM

    Redskins

  72. Raider-in-PA says: Dec 22, 2011 8:13 AM

    Wayne would look great in Silver & Black!! Welcome to the Bay Area, Reggie!!

  73. vegaskid21 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:36 AM

    Denver welcomes you Mr. Wayne.

  74. trevorthej says: Dec 22, 2011 8:42 AM

    Come to Washington. The Skins love over-paying for aging stars.

  75. airic31 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:45 AM

    manning to wayne, again in d.c.?

    as a skins fan, i hope not – - lets go get one in the draft

  76. skidoode says: Dec 22, 2011 2:22 PM

    Colts fans appreciate you too, Reggie, and will feel emotion at your departure. If you’re not back in Indy next year, you will be greatly missed by us.

  77. ademell1 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:46 PM

    You will look so great catching passes from Carson Palmer next yr…and also be the first legit receiver in Oakland since Tim Brown.

    Yeah, it’s sad how bad at receiver the Raiders have been. All it is is track guys who (some) possess big-play ability but they all have injury issues.

    DHB has come on, but Raiders need another big guy who can move the chains and be a threat CONSISTENTLY.

  78. kevinfromphilly says: Dec 22, 2011 4:33 PM

    It still kills me that the Eagles could have had him in the draft, but took Freddie freakin’ Mitchell instead. Would have been a completely different decade for the birds with that move – young McNabb with a real WR, no TO soap opera, no Pinkston. Damn.

  79. bgc_HOOSIER says: Dec 22, 2011 4:38 PM

    It would be a shame to see him leave the orgainization. If we get rid of Peyton, Reggie has to stay. He will be the leader of a young offense and keep the standard that Manning set going.

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