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Reggie Wayne open to staying with Colts

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All of the attention paid to Peyton Manning has made it easy to forget there are other Colts veterans whose futures with the club are up in the air.

One such veteran is Reggie Wayne. The wide receiver is set to become a free agent and all of the upheaval in Indy makes his future with the franchise quite uncertain. Wayne is open to returning to the team, though, and isn’t thrown off by the fact that it could be a rebuilding situation nor by new coach Chuck Pagano, who he knows from the University of Miami.

“This is what I have, this is all I know,” Wayne said to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. “So I wouldn’t mind being part of a rebuilding process. They need some old heads, too, you know? It would be an honor to still be part of this organization even with a rebuilding phase. I know there are going to be some guys on the team that I still know, I know the head coach, Chuck Pagano, pretty good, I’d just look at it as my rookie year all over again.”

Wayne’s status will probably have something to do with what winds up happening with Manning. If he stays in Indy, the chances of Wayne sticking around would likely increase as the team would likely feel like they are able to contend for a playoff spot. Of course, they might also feel Andrew Luck’s transition to the NFL would be easier if he had Wayne alongside Pierre Garcon at wide receiver so there’s a chance he could stick around either way.

All of that has nothing to do with finances or the desire of other teams to add an experienced hand to their passing game. As you’d expect, Wayne’s numbers dipped without Manning in the lineup, although not to the point where you would question his ability to do the job. At 33, Wayne is nearing the end of the line but he likely has a few productive years left for the Colts or for someone else.

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19 Responses to “Reggie Wayne open to staying with Colts”
  1. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:42 PM

    Could see him ending up with Houston being a number 2 or 3 while Peyton is slinging passes.

  2. cunningstunts96 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:55 PM

    If he’s smart, he’ll GTFO. No long-time veteran wants to be around for a team implosion when another Super Bowl ring was so close just a year ago.

    Hell, maybe he’ll follow Manning.

  3. donterrelli says: Feb 1, 2012 5:00 PM

    Dan Snyder is frothing at the mouth.

  4. plum13sec says: Feb 1, 2012 5:03 PM

    Andrew Luck Zips it into Alshon Jeffrey for the score!

  5. jjrs89 says: Feb 1, 2012 5:12 PM

    get out reggie!

    signed,

    your career

  6. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Feb 1, 2012 5:17 PM

    Peyton and Wayne go to the Jets… Think about it, it makes sense.

  7. captainvilfo says: Feb 1, 2012 5:41 PM

    wayne, welker, gronk, Hernandez all on the field at once..

    Belichick was seen talking to wayne directly after the colts game to shake his hand..

  8. patsfiend says: Feb 1, 2012 6:05 PM

    You’re welcome to come take Ocho’s “reps” Reggie. I have confidence you can figure out the playbook. You already have all those nice sweaters and scarves for the Indy weather… why don’t you just drive the Benzo right on across to Foxboro?

  9. nannymcsack says: Feb 1, 2012 6:19 PM

    definately smells like a pats move

  10. 4ever19 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:29 PM

    I think the Colts keep Mathis and Garcon and talk to Reggie. He would be a big asset to whichever young QB Irsay, Grigson, et al, decide to gamble the future of the franchise on.

  11. cunninglinguist69 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:57 PM

    Reggie Wayne is just the type of veteran receiver that Belichick would love to add to the Pats!

  12. onebucfan says: Feb 1, 2012 8:07 PM

    I am sure that he could find a home in Tampa Bay and be the Number 1 receiver…maybe he could make Williams, Benn and K2 a little better…

  13. ruthlssjag says: Feb 1, 2012 8:23 PM

    Reggie, you’ve played one of the biggest roles for your current team & theirs way too much drama in Indy until the Peyton era is officially over. We’d love to have you here in JAX rockin’ the teal, a team your very familiar with, but good luck in your decision anyway.

  14. lilrob10201 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:26 PM

    I can just see Dan Snyder picking up Peyton and Reggie.

  15. towniesman says: Feb 1, 2012 8:56 PM

    New England bound baby !!

  16. dlmcc1010 says: Feb 1, 2012 9:08 PM

    Well, whats he going to say? No point in taking away a potential market for your services. That being said, the Colts would be crazy to keep him. They need a rebuilding effort on both sides of the ball. Its pointless to keep money tied up in Wayne. He definitely deserves a contract but I wouldnt do it if I were the Colts. Theyre going to suck for the next few years with or without him

  17. fittytuckin says: Feb 1, 2012 9:10 PM

    The patriots already don’t have an explosive receiving corps so I dont see why that would make sense.

  18. jwag777 says: Feb 2, 2012 3:06 AM

    One word: Niners!

  19. sariff420 says: Feb 2, 2012 4:21 AM

    Reggie Wayne , class act

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