The Indianapolis Colts will not be re-signing wide receiver Reggie Wayne, and he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Wayne, 36, has played all 14 seasons of his NFL career with the Colts– and what a legacy he will leave behind.
One of the greatest players in franchise history, the NFL’s best route runner ranks second in Colts history in receptions (1,070), receiving touchdowns (80), receiving yards (14,345), 100-yard games (43) and consecutive games with a reception (134).
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) March 6, 2015
Wayne is currently the franchise leader in regular season games played (211) and wins (143).
Owner Jim Irsay said in a team release:
“When he first took the field with us in 2001, we knew this day would eventually arrive. That reality is one of the things that makes pro football such a tough business. We feel this decision is in the best interests of the team and for Reggie as it will allow him to seek a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere if he so chooses. Reggie is beloved by the Colts organization and our fans and he will always be a part of the Colts family. I look forward to the day in the near future when our great number 87 enters the Colts Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Not bringing Wayne back is most likely because of his age. At 36, age becomes a factor in excelling at the wide receiver position.
Free agents hit the market March 10.