Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne has publicly stated that he will likely retire from the NFL if he is not re-signed by the Colts.
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Wayne’s three-year contract has expired, and the Colts announced that they will not re-sign their 36-year-old receiver.
He had posted eight 1,000-yard seasons throughout his career, but T.Y. Hilton has emerged as quarterback Andrew Luck’s top weapon.
Wayne was a perennial Pro Bowler with Peyton Manning as his quarterback, and he was able to muster one more elite season when Luck was a rookie – giving him a vote of confidence by not following Manning to the Denver Broncos.
However, injuries began to slow him down as he suffered a season-ending torn ACL in 2013, before he played with a torn tricep injury in 2014.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson complimented Wayne in a statement.
“Everyone knows the greatness and history associated with number 87. He truly is one of a small handful of players who really define the Colts as an organization,” Grigson said.
Wayne has spent all 14 seasons of his career in Indianapolis since being drafted by them in the first round in 2001. It remains to be seen whether he will change his mind and finish his career with another team.