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.”

79 responses to “Reggie Wayne: This could be my last game in Indianapolis

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. ‘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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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….

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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…..

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

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

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    Troll of the Year!

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

  34. 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?

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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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