Plenty of veteran receivers are still waiting for the phone to ring. Among them is former Colts receiver Reggie Wayne.
Via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, Wayne said Thursday that he still intends to play in 2015.
“I still feel like I got some juice left,” Wayne said at a college slam-dunk contest he judged. “I’m just going to play the cards the way they’re dealt and go from there.”
Wayne had a subpar season in 2014. He blamed it on injuries.
“I wasn’t healthy,” Wayne said. “I was nowhere near healthy. I played the whole year hurt. Finally, playing hurt got to me.”
Wayne has no problem with the team’s decision to move on.
“That’s the way it goes,” Wayne said. “I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. What makes me different? . . . Ever since I was a young pup, they brought me in here and gave me an opportunity.”
Wayne, whose contract expired on March 10, may have to wait until May 12 to get an offer, since that’s the new deadline for players to be signed without the additions counting against the compensatory draft-pick formula. Even after May 12, there’s no guarantee an opportunity will come.
One team that eventually could be interested is the Patriots. As New England prepared to faced Indianapolis during the 2014 regular season, coach Bill Belichick praised Wayne for being one of the best route runners in the history of the game.
Wayne currently sits at seventh place on the all-time receptions list, with 1,070. With 33 more catches, he’d vault over Terrell Owens (1,078), Tim Brown (1,094), Cris Carter (1,101), and Marvin Harrison (1,102) for third place on the list.