This year has been a nightmare for the Indianapolis Colts. Not only did they lose their star quarterback, Peyton Manning, for the entire season, but it’s also a contract year for Peyton’s favorite target, Reggie Wayne.
In a contract year, players usually try and go all out to secure top dollars once they hit free agency after the season. Fortunately for Reggie Wayne though, his resume speaks for itself and he will still be considered a top-10 wide receiver in the NFL, even after this atrocious season by the Colts.
Wayne is having his worst season statistically since 2003. With one game to go in the season, Wayne needs 113 yards in order to reach 1,000 yards, a number he’s eclipsed the past six seasons. He also only has four touchdowns this season, which is his fewest in a season since 2002.
Reggie Wayne has played his entire 11-year career with Peyton and the Colts. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the Colts’ quarterback situation, he may strongly consider leaving for a better opportunity at getting a second ring. Wayne’s words from after the game last night also signaled his time in Indy might be running out.
I said if this is going to be the last game, I want to go out with a bang. It was great. It was a great feeling to go out. Hopefully, I'll be back, but you never know.
This doesn’t sound like a man who is necessarily committed to the Colts. When he says, “you never know," he is clearly referring to his own personal preferences. Reggie Wayne should be able to go to the destination of his choosing, since no team would be dumb enough to pass on a veteran with his talent level.
If this was in fact Reggie Wayne’s final home game with the Colts, that may signal the end of the Peyton Manning era and hopefully the beginning of the Andrew Luck era. If Wayne has anything to do with it, the Colts will win their final game next week and finish the season on a three-game winning streak, moving them out of last place and the Andrew Luck sweepstakes all together.
It will be interesting to see what Wayne decides to do once he hits free agency, but I see him leaving for another team that can guarantee him nothing like this season could happen to him again.