When the Colts host the Patriots in Week Six, they may be welcoming more than a team that routed them twice during the 2014 season.
They could also be welcoming back one of the greatest players in franchise history. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Patriots have signed wide receiver Reggie Wayne to a one-year contract.
Wayne, who had triceps and knee surgery this offseason, took a physical with the Patriots over the weekend. It would appear he proved healthy enough for the Patriots to see if there’s still enough left in the tank for Wayne to help their offense during the 2015 season. If not, the Colts will avoid seeing a franchise icon in another uniform although they’ll still have to figure out a way to beat New England.
Wayne’s arrival will also give the Patriots some more options at receiver while waiting for better health elsewhere in the group. Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman have missed almost all of camp and Brian Tyms, Aaron Dobson and Brandon Gibson have also been dealing with recent injuries. The move will also leave the Packers to look elsewhere if they want to bring in outside help in the wake of Jordy Nelson’s knee injury as they were reportedly interested in talking to Wayne if things didn’t work out in New England.