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Colts ask Wayne, Mathis for patience

Posted on: August 1, 2011 4:29 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last month, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne said he had no plans to hold out for more money because "I'm a Colt. What else I'm gonna be?" And teammate Robert Mathis used Twitter to correct a report that he would hold out. "I have every intention on doing my job once the NFL gives us our job back. I never been a locker room cancer & won't start now."

Mathis also understands the Colts' hierarchy, pointing out that Peyton Manning and Wayne were due new deals first, and that "free agents will be addressed before me."

As expected, Wayne and Mathis kept their word and are in camp, and Colts owner Jim Irsay is now asking for their patience.

"At this point," Irsay said Sunday afternoon according to the Indianapolis Star's Mike Chappell, "I don't anticipate that sort of thing, an extension or anything like that.

"We always talk about next year, where we're going to be with the (salary) cap, what type of situation we're going to be in because it's going to come quickly," Irsay said. "We prepare for next year whether it's Pierre (Garcon), or Robert and Reggie."

Vice chairman Bill Polian notes that Indy has a history of taking care of its own, and Manning and running back Joseph Addai are the most recent examples.

"Nothing could underscore that more than (Sunday)," Polian said. "Peyton Manning comes back to finish his career. Joseph Addai comes back. Ryan Diem comes back to finish his career. That's what the Colts and Jim Irsay are all about."

Whether he's happy about it or not, Wayne sounds accepting of his (temporary) fate. "I'm going to honor that year," he said, referring to the last season on his contract. "Isn't what what they say? Gotta honor that contract."

But Wayne also says he feels great physically, which could mean a big offensive year and, ultimately, one more big payday. "I haven't felt this good in years," he said, according to's Rapid Reports. "I felt so good I cut off all my facial hair, man. I feel young. I feel like a old 2001, 2002 Reggie. Hopefully you'll get a glimpse of those fresh legs and make some plays."

We mentioned previously that, even at 32, Wayne's not over the hill. 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. That Wayne appears to understand that, and given the organization's history of keeping their word and retaining their players, there's every reason to think that he will be in Indianapolis beyond the 2011 season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:54 pm

Colts ask Wayne, Mathis for patience

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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:39 pm

Colts ask Wayne, Mathis for patience

I respect an orginization that builds a culture of loyalty and trust...that's why they call it a team.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:35 pm

Colts ask Wayne, Mathis for patience

I respect players who put the team before themselves.

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