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Reggie Wayne won't hold out for more money

Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:00 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 3:33 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

Earlier this month, Colts defensive end Robert Mathis took to Twitter to deny reports that he would hold out for a new contract once the lockout is resolved.

“Haven’t thought of scheming up a #PayMePlan yet for 3 reasons. (1)18 is up (2) 87 needs his (3)free agents will b addressed b4 me,” Mathis said, later adding "I have every intention on doing my job once the NFL gives us our job back. I never been a locker room cancer & wont start now. #GoColtsDammit."

We bring this up for several reasons. First, Mathis is right, once there's officially a 2011 season, one of the Colts' first priorities will be to give Peyton Manning a bunch of well-deserved money. Because without him Indianapolis is, at best, a six-win team.

Second, Reggie Wayne does "need his" too, but like Mathis, he has no intentions of holding out. Details via the Indianapolis Star
The five-time Pro Bowl selection is in the final year of a six-year, $39 million contract he signed in 2006. He's due a base salary of $5.95 million this season.

That's hardly chump change, but below market value for a player of Wayne's caliber. The average salary of the top 10 receivers in 2010 was $8.65 million. Over the past seven seasons, Wayne leads NFL receivers with 643 receptions and 8,849 yards, and ranks fifth with 58 touchdowns…. Wayne reported for the start of the 2010 training camp, and plans to do likewise later this month. Barring an unforeseen hiccup in the labor process, the Colts are expected to report to Anderson University on July 31 for the start of camp.
"I'm a Colt. What else I'm gonna be?" Wayne said, dismissing a question about a possible camp holdout. "I'm going to go to work. That's what I do.''

As PFT's Michael David Smith notes, despite the Star claiming that Wayne's salary is "below market value," the reality is that he's 33, typically the beginning of the end for NFL wide receivers. "The Colts found out the hard way with Marvin Harrison that giving a big contract to a receiver in his 30s can be a costly mistake," Smith writes.

That's not to say Wayne is over the hill; he's not. In fact, he's vital to what the Colts do offensively. It's just that he's nowhere near as important as their 35-year-old quarterback. And like Mathis, Wayne sounds like he understands that.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:39 am
 

Reggie Wayne won't hold out for more money



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Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Reggie Wayne won't hold out for more money

Yeah, I'm impressed with Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis.  I'm a Steelers fan, but with comments by James Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall, it makes me want to switch teams.  I'm impressed with the Colts.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Reggie Wayne won't hold out for more money

Wayne deserves every $. One of the few top teir WR's that is very quiet and humble about his work. I wonder who he learned that from........



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:05 am
 

Reggie Wayne won't hold out for more money

Just reading the comments of Mathis and Wayne makes me proud to be a Colts fan. These guys know what it takes to win and they are not about to throw out the me first attitude. They know it is Manning first this season, then the other free agents, but they also know they are quality players and they will get theirs. Again, Proud to be a Colts fan because of guys like this. One down side is that they may have to stay with the Colts forever.... Their team first attitude likely wouldn't fit in very well with several of the teams in the league :)



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:44 am
 

Reggie Wayne won't hold out for more money

Thumbs up to you Reggie. Go COLTS !!!!!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:46 am
 

Reggie Wayne won't hold out for more money

Reggie Wayne is a class act.  He signed a contract and he's honoring it.... not like half the other NFL players in their last year of deals where they hold out for more money.  Good for Wayne.... 


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Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:31 pm
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