Reggie Wayne received a key to the city of Indianapolis Friday and reiterated his plan to play one more NFL season.
The former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver wouldn’t specify which teams are interested in acquiring his services for a 15th year. Two seasons limited by injuries prompted the Colts to not re-sign him in March.
But Wayne, who turns 37 in November, insisted he still has enough to contribute to a contender during a downtown luncheon.
“I want to finish how I know I can finish,” Wayne said, in quotes reported by ESPN’s Mike Wells as well as other news media outlets.
The Colts fan favorite had hoped to play his final season with the team that drafted him in the first round of 2001. He caught 1,070 passes for 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns.
“It’s something I’m excited about,” he said of next season’s possibilities. “I really am. I guess in due time we’ll figure out where it is.”
Wayne suffered a left elbow injury and torn left triceps in last season’s seventh game. That reduced him to a shell of his former six-time Pro Bowl self.
In the playoffs, he observed that he had basically become a decoy. He caught only one 12-yard pass despite starting three postseason games. His 64 receptions for 779 yards and two scores constituted his worst regular season since 2002.
He said his rehab from offseason surgery to repair the torn triceps has been going “great.” Why he hasn’t signed with another team is presumably because Wayne will need to prove he’s healthy in a tryout to land a contract.
In a previous visit to Indianapolis, he said he expected to be healthy by late summer, which coincides with training camp and NFL teams beginning the regular season.
He spoke with several reporters Friday and gave each the same answer, that he intends to play one last season and go out strong.
While the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl to the Patriots, they make a lot of sense due to a lack of receiving depth.
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