Reggie Wayne hasn’t heard from Colts, open to playing for Patriots

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After 11 seasons with the Colts, Reggie Wayne is set to become an unrestricted free agent next month. And he says that if the Colts want to keep him, he hasn’t heard anything about it.

“All I know is the Colts,” Wayne told Josina Anderson of ESPN. “That is where I want to be. I have been there 11 years and I would prefer to end my career a Colt. However, in due time those feelings could subside. I know one thing, my phone works. I do have service and every last bar on it and their number has not come across it yet. I haven’t heard anything from them yet, so maybe I am not as important on the chain of command as I should be.”

With the Colts in rebuilding mode, it’s easy to see why they’d want to move on from the 33-year-old Wayne, who was still their No. 1 receiver last season but suffered from the absence of Peyton Manning and had his lowest output in catches, yards and touchdowns since 2003.

If Wayne does move on, one potential landing spot is New England, where former Patriot Willie McGinest told the Boston Herald that he thinks Wayne is a natural fit. McGinest said he asked Wayne if he’d like to play in New England, and Wayne answered, “Who wouldn’t want to play there?

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been a longtime admirer of Wayne’s, saying during the 2009 season that he thought Wayne was the best receiver he had coached against.

I can’t say enough about Reggie Wayne,” Belichick said. “That guy is the best receiver we cover every year and it seems like he just keeps getting better.”

Sounds like a player Belichick would like to coach.

70 responses to “Reggie Wayne hasn’t heard from Colts, open to playing for Patriots

  1. As a Jets fan, I don’t want to see Wayne to the Colts. He clearly is the threat he once was, but he would be dangerous in that system. Gronk, Welker, Hernandez and Wayne would be tough to cover.

  2. Why don’t the Pats draft some young WRs instead of bringing in another guy in the twilight of his career? Brady only has a few more years ya know…

  3. Reggie, Welker, and MAYBE ocho, since “the patriots like him so much” “learns the playbook” finally, and they wouldn’t be able to say Brady has no wr’s anymore…

    They’d still be able to say he has no defense though.

  4. Re-sign Welker for the slot, sign Wayne and Brandon Lloyd as outside receivers, of course with Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as tight ends.

    5 guys who can’t be single covered!

    Use the draft picks on D…

    2o million in cap space means such dreaming is not impossible!

  5. As long as Mr. Wayne doesn’t mind getting a new number ( just ordered a Gronko jersey) then I say why not? He is a tremendous player and he has torched the Patriots in previous games. Brady would love to have this guy. Watch out if this move is made because the Pats would be very dangerous.

  6. So are the Colts gonna make re-signing Garcon a high priority? Would be stupid to draft Luck and not give him any weapons to throw the ball to

  7. Rumors that Belichick wants to trade for Jonathan Stewart…filling the Corey Dillon void. Big back with actual pass catching skills. Carolina wants one of the Pats 1sts…..but with only one year left on his contract….probably a 2nd plus sweetener. Stewart would fit the three down back roll forcing LBs to stay close to the LOS, freeing up their TEs even more. Add a pro like Wayne, along with a resigned Welker……Belichick will be back to running it up

  8. all4patriots says:
    Feb 12, 2012 5:30 PM
    Re-sign Welker for the slot, sign Wayne and Brandon Lloyd as outside receivers, of course with Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as tight ends.

    5 guys who can’t be single covered!

    Use the draft picks on D…

    2o million in cap space means such dreaming is not impossible!
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    They need the cap space to sign Welker this year, and Gronk and Hernandez next year. They do seem to fail on WR’s in the draft. Can see them giving Wayne or Lloyd a two year deal.

  9. I think he may want to go south where its warm in December,coming from a dome stadium will be hard to deal with in New England, so that will leave Miami as the best bet, Miami would get a guy that still has talent, and not play against him 2 times each year. Bill

  10. I think NE has two young outstanding TEs. Wayne’s career may be over already and he just doesn’t realize it.

  11. would be interesting to see if a team could land Peyton and Wayne as a package deal (would definitely help Peyton transition to his new franchise/surroundings). No idea if the Jets could make that work under the cap – but Wayne, Holmes and Kerley would be pretty damn decent

  12. He’s not a special talent. Not super tall, not very fast, no real leaping ability. Basically he is the Colts version of deon branch. Has had the beni of playing with Peyton for a looong time… His #s dropped dramatically without Peyton.

    Good route runner and good hands…. Thats about it. Good luck to him wherever he lands

  13. This isn’t an issue of if the Colts “want” to keep these Legends. Manning and maybe Wayne are HOFers who Colts Fans are absolutely huge fans of.

    This is an issue of the Colts are aging in very crucial areas and balancing a very tight Salary Cap budget. Just keeping the roster they have now would be nearly impossible to do without a number of key contracts being restructured.

    There is no right or wrong decision here with Manning and Wayne. You could argue for most any scenario and be able to defend it.

    Most Colts Fans are aware that MAJOR changes are taking place and should expect any situation involving their stars (Manning, Wayne, Brackett, Saturday, and Mathis all are either FAs, Retiring, or have Contract Decisions pending).

    *And no lilrob10201, Luck isn’t pulling an Eli. The Colts are likely taking Luck regardless of which Vets return or move on.

  14. Sure Wayne wouldn’t mind going to the Patriots, isn’t that the place where most players that are on their last leg want to go to try to win a championship. Its just unfortunate that Brady is also getting older and those players dreams of a championship fall short.

  15. Of course his numbers dropped if you have Painter man, old man Collins i just collected that fat paycheck, and Orlovsky throwing to you what do you think?? Reggie probably still has 2-3 solid years ahead of him, provided he has a dynamic or competent QB throwing to him.

  16. Wayne to the Pats??? No way unless he comes cheap. Doesn’t everyone realize by now the only players the Pats sign have to come cheap??? Hey come play with us and play in the Super Bowl but do it for this amount of money. You want a ring or cash????

  17. Reggie Wayne? Brandon Lloyd? Are you people serious? You already have no speed or explosiveness on the outside as it is. You sign the both of them, and you’d officially have the slowest receiver tandem in football, and team full of possession receivers whose fastest athlete is a tight end.

  18. bsizemore,

    Do you really think any WR wants to have Matt Moore or Matt Flynn throwing to them instead of Brady?

    Child Please ! The best thing that can happen to Dolphin fans would be for Ross and his minority partners that think f(u) tboll is a round ball to sell the team !

  19. A big time WR from a major college program? It’s just not BB’s style.

    Of course, Wayne does fit into the BB mold of “annual reclamation project.”

  20. I know Reggie Wayne is considered to be an “elite” receiver and everyone says that what the Patriots need. But he will not improve our receiving core. We need a big and physical outside receiver and we need a burner. The best receiver for the Pats to target would be Vincent Jackson. He can beat the press and is a very good athlete for his size. I also believe that the Pats should target the other Colts receiver Pierre Garcon who is a big time burner and just knows how to play the game. Its about time for the Pats to get some athletic talent on the outside.

  21. Thumbs up if you’d rather the Pats get Vincent Jackson, and not Reggie Wayne.

    Thumbs down if you’d rather the Pats get Reggie Wayne, and not Vincent Jackson.

  22. “Why don’t the Pats draft some young WRs instead of bringing in another guy in the twilight of his career?”

    You mean like Chad Jackson?

    They suck at drafting receivers, and with Pioli gone they suck at drafting. Free agency is their only chance to continue falling short for a few more years of a pretend glory.

    Better than nothin’ I guess….

  23. Correction, goforthanddie. Seeing Patriots have 3 SB, I don’t believe they can be considered runners-up.

    And according to Reggie, himself (in the article) “Who wouldn’t want to play there?“

  24. @redrew:
    Belichick would love to have Hillis as that big thundering back with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield…and Hillis will be available through free agency.

    Problem is: McDaniels got rid of Hillis while in Denver because McD thought Hillis was hitting on his wife. Maybe Hillis could beat some sense into Josh McD.

  25. “redrew says: Feb 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    Rumors that Belichick wants to trade for Jonathan Stewart…filling the Corey Dillon void. Big back with actual pass catching skills. Carolina wants one of the Pats 1sts…..but with only one year left on his contract….probably a 2nd plus sweetener. Stewart would fit the three down back roll forcing LBs to stay close to the LOS, freeing up their TEs even more. Add a pro like Wayne, along with a resigned Welker……Belichick will be back to running it up”

    No way Panthers will give up Stewart for the 2nd to last pick in the first round. Plus Stewart is completely happy sharing his work load with williams as it will make his career make twice as longer. Take it from me this trade will NOT happen

  26. If the Pats get Reggie, it won’t be as the speed-burner on the outside, it would be as a replacement for Deion Branch… probably not happening.

    Also, goforhanddie and others… isn’t it funny how so many free agents want to play in crappy Foxboro, for a little less money, with the Pats??

    I’m not sure how that could be possible if Belichick were known among players to be as “classless” and as much of a “jerk” as many of you say he is. Truly a riddle…

  27. Maybe they should give him an IQ test before taking him, just to make sure he isn’t learning disabled like Ocho turned out to be.

  28. reggie wayne opposite fellow hurricane andre johnson in houston would be niccccce!! just like when he played opposite marvin harrison!!!

  29. So the phone hasn’t rang. The checks are still coming in, no? Stop whining, shut up and play football. Or don’t, who cares. Another non-story…

  30. At the right price, I think it would make sense for the Patriots, but I’m not really sure Wayne is what they need, so spending too much on him doesn’t make sense to me. They need a guy to take the top off of a defense, to allow their seam guys and their under-neath/intermediate guys to work. They simply don’t have that deep threat, and while Wayne can still get downfield, Father Time catches up with guys quicker than expected for a guy at Wayne’s age. I gotta think Wayne could get a decent-good contract on the open market (makes sense in, say, Chicago, with Knox out and needing a steady hand for Cutler. Wherever Peyton lands should also be considered a possible spot. The 49ers seem like a good fit as well, as a leader for Crabtree/Morgan and Co.

  31. @knowerofallthings says:Feb 12, 2012 5:28 PM

    Why don’t the Pats draft some young WRs instead of bringing in another guy in the twilight of his career? Brady only has a few more years ya know…
    ———————————————————-

    ?? lol

    Do people even think before they write? So according to you: Tom Brady only has a few years left, so they should draft a couple of young wide receivers that at best would be productive in year 2 or 3 instead of signing one of the the best recievers in the game who thrives in the ‘line of scrimmage’ no huddle complex passing game the Patriots practice?

  32. BB did draft Mayo, Gronk, Solder, Hernandez. No one bats 1000 in the draft. Would you rather the Pats last 4 drafts or the Colts who have jack to show for it?

    I wouldn’t mind Wayne in Foxboro for the right price, but I’d prefer a younger, faster, bigger guy for the long term. With Welker, Branch, Lloyd, Gronk, Hernandez you already have a good base. They don’t need to go crazy on offense. If Gronk was healthy, that would have been a different SB. That’s not sour grapes, but fact.

    Let’s look for a good option at WR, but build up that defense for the eventual injury attrition that kills them annually.

  33. Wayne was never a true deep threat. Runs great routes, which helps him get open deep, but he is not a pure speed guy. Plus, he can’t go up and get it like Moss can. Great player, hope he remains a Colt, but I don’t know that he is a ‘best fit’ for the Patricia’s.

  34. Wayne: 173 G, 862 Rec, 11,708 yds, 13.6 yds/rec, 67.7 yds/gm, 73 TD’s

    Jackson: 92 G, 272 Rec, 4,754 yds, 17.5 yds/rec, 51.7 yds/gm, 37 TD’s

    Wayne has played 16 games in 10 of 11 seasons (13 in the other), Jackson in 4 of 7 (5,8,15 in the others).

    In his lone season without Peyton Manning, Wayne averaged 60.0 yds/gm, 12.8 yds/rec, and he had 75 rec for 960 yds with 4 TD’s. Jackson only averaged over that in 3 of 7 seasons. I have a hard time with anyone who doesn’t say (at this point) that Wayne > Jackson.

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