Reggie Wayne a possibility in Miami


Longtime Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne is heading toward free agency having heard nothing from the Colts about whether they want him back, and so the conversations are starting about where Wayne’s landing place could be. Unsurprisingly, the Dolphins appear to be a strong candidate.

Wayne played for the Miami Hurricanes and spends his offseasons in Miami, and Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reports that Wayne would be open to signing with the Dolphins.

That, of course, raises immediate questions about whether Wayne and Peyton Manning, who could go somewhere as a package deal, will find themselves as teammates in Miami, as they have been in Indianapolis since Wayne was drafted in 2001. On today’s Dan Patrick Show, Tony Dungy, who coached both men, said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if Reggie ends up where ever Peyton ends up.”

But Wayne, who will become a free agent a few days after Manning, could be a good fit for the Dolphins regardless of whether or not Manning is Miami’s quarterback. Wayne and Brandon Marshall would be a strong pair of starting receivers, with Davone Bess as the third receiver, and that rotation would upgrade the Dolphins at the position, where Brian Hartline played in all 16 games last year, starting 10, and had just 35 catches for 549 yards and one touchdown. No matter who the quarterback is in Miami next year, the 33-year-old Wayne appears to have enough left that he should help.

And if signing Wayne helps the Dolphins attract Manning, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross would love that.

23 responses to “Reggie Wayne a possibility in Miami

  1. and until Marshall can learn the routes and verbiage from Peyton, Wayne can provide productivity and open up options for the Dolphins.

    If this happens, they need to upgrade at TE – I like Fasano but unless Manning can turn him into Dallas Clark they may need to draft a TE like Coby Fleener -6’6” TE from Stanford in the 2nd round.

    Also- name a better receiving core than Marshall, Wayne, and Bess…

  2. This year is going to be a good one for my Fins. I havent said that the past two years like everyone else, so I can say it now

  3. Wayne going to the U north (Batlimore). Evans out.

    I am terrible at predictions. Better win right away scenario.

  4. I use to think Wayne was a bit over rated. Just a poor man Marvin Harrison, But after watching the guy step into the void that was left by Marvin, He has played outstanding. He is one of the better wideouts in the League, I wish him the best, where eva he goes..

  5. I say this is the best thing for the fins. Peyton needs one of his guys to help smooth over the process and to teach the other wide outs what he excepts. This a dream come true for the fins!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Sometimes good dreams come true. Peyton and Reggie as a package deal would be a huge boost, immediate impact for Miami. Sounds like a good game plan. Could happen.

  7. jmphinsfan says:Mar 7, 2012 10:51 AM

    Also- name a better receiving core (sic) than Marshall, Wayne, and Bess…

    I’ll take a stab at this……

    Packers: Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jermichael Finley

    Cowboys: Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Laurent Robinson, Jason Witten

    Giants: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham

    Steelers: Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Heinz (sp?) Ward, Jerricho Cotchery, Emmanual Sanders

    Saints: Marques Colston, Robert Meachum, Devery Henderson, Lance Moore, Jimmy Graham

    Patriots: Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez

    Falcons: Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez

    I’m sure I’m missing some…….

    ….and before someone says that some of the players that I’ve listed are free agents and no longer sole property of the team listed above, please consider that jmphinsfan is including Reggie Wayne on the Dolphins roster, and Wayne has NEVER played for the Dolphins.

  8. Also- name a better receiving core than Marshall, Wayne, and Bess…

    Just playing devil’s advocate, cause I do think that would be a formidable trio.

    no specific order:
    a. MAustin, DBryant,LRobinson?
    b. Welker, Gronk, Hernandez(I know TE’s)?
    c. Jennings,Nelson,Driver,JJones,RCobb,JFinley? ( wonder Rodgers is so good, lol)
    d. Nicks,Cruz,Manningham
    e. Jackson, Maclin, insert white WR

    Thats all I got

  9. @ jmphinsfan

    Also- name a better receiving core than Marshall, Wayne, and Bess…

    How about Marshall, Wayne, and Bess . . . and Reggie Bush.

  10. This would be exciting football for Miami fans! Even with Peyton and Reggie I don’t think they win a superbowl there before Peyton retires in 3 years or less. I have a feeling this neck injury is going to resurface once he takes a hard shot, risky deal for whatever team that signs him.

  11. jmphinsfan says:
    Mar 7, 2012 10:51 AM
    Also- name a better receiving core than Marshall, Wayne, and Bess…

    Stevie Johnson, Vincent Jackson and David Nelson.

    Buffalo will lock VJ up in a couple of weeks. Buddy Nix said they would be aggressive in FA this year.

  12. The Dolphins don’t need another slow receiver like Reggie Wayne, they already have 4 of them… they need a vertical threat like Mike Wallace!

  13. Imagine… Manning, Bush, Bess, Wayne, Marshall, Fasano (Yes I think Fasano could have Dallas Clark potential). Not to mention Miami’s stellar run defence and above-average secondary.

  14. Manning is a competitor, he might be all smiles and giggles with Irsay now, but he wants to stick it to him for giving up on him.
    Peyton will wind up with Houston. The have a top level D, Pro Bowlers on the offense, plays in a dome, plays in the same division, and will get his shot at Colts twice a year.

    The Texans have Schaub in the last year of his contract- and he has done a fine job, but if you add a 85% healthy Manning he helps improves them tremedously. And the chips will continue to fall into place- The Redskins will be in play for Schaub to reuntie him wth the young Shanny.

    The Dolphins are not ready. Ross is only looking to sell tickets, not build his team to win for a long period of time. Philbin needs to put his stamp on the team with his team.

  15. Hey Dolphins fans, it’s so pathetic to see you getting all excited for a washed-up Reggie Wayne and 75% of the old Peyton Manning. Remember, you’re still playing for a Wild Card spot at best as long as Tommy Brady and Bill Belichick are in the division. The same Tommy Brady that threw for over 800 yards against you last season. Ciao!

  16. A .Boldin, R.Wayne and T.Smith would be a pretty nice WR core to go along with the two TE’s and Ray Rice giving Joe Flacco zero excuses, even though Leee Evans lost the AFC title game by not doing his job—catch the ball!

  17. As a dolphin fan i’d like to see that but Manning makes any receiver look good. And second Hartline is a good receiver. He’s no wes welker but who heard of wes welker before he went to the pats and played for the dolphins?

  18. Marshall was tied for 2nd in drops in the NFL…. Bess was high in the list also…
    Reggie wasn’t getting thrown to a lot of late..

    so not a very good trio….

    all that said though…. there is probably a better than 60% chance of Manning / Wayne both wearing Phins jerseys by next week….

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