Reggie Wayne‘s long tenure with the Colts will come to an end this offseason. The team announced today in a press release that it will not be re-signing the veteran wideout, who is eligible to reach the open market next week.
“Everyone knows the greatness and history associated with number 87,” GM Ryan Grigson said in a statement. “He truly is one of a small handful of players who really define the Colts as an organization. He was already a Hall of Famer in the making when Chuck [Pagano] and I arrived in Indianapolis in 2012, but no one has contributed more, on the field and in this building, to our turnaround, our continued growth, and our overall success since then.”
Wayne, 36, recently underwent triceps surgery, and had been mulling the possibility of retirement. While there’s no indication yet on whether he intends to continue his playing career, the idea of playing for a team besides the Colts may dampen his enthusiasm about a potential return.
A first-round pick in 2001, Wayne appeared in a total of 211 regular season games for the Colts, and an additional 21 postseason contests. In the regular season, Wayne racked up 1,070 total receptions, 14,345 yards, and 82 touchdowns during his 14 seasons with the team. His résumé also includes eight 1,000-yard seasons and six Pro Bowl nods.
Wayne’s career totals place him just behind Marvin Harrison in the Colts record books — the former Miami Hurricane finished second in franchise history to Harrison by just 32 receptions and 235 yards. Among all NFL players, Wayne currently ranks seventh in career receptions and eighth in career receiving yards.
As for the Colts, they have one emerging star wideout on the roster, in T.Y. Hilton, and Donte Moncrief flashed plenty of promise as a rookie in 2014. With Wayne and Hakeem Nicks both set to hit the open market, however, the team will likely be in the market for receiving help.
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