Are Colts’ Mathis, Wayne available?

The NFL trade deadline doesn’t typically bring about any blockbuster, last-minute deals. But that doesn’t stop us from speculating and keeping an eye out at the latest reports being floated about.

That brings us to the Colts. The winless, Payton Manning-less Colts. It’s a foregone conclusion the Colts won’t be in the playoff hunt, and thus could be in a position to unload veteran players.

Which brings us to WR Reggie Wayne and DE Robert Mathis, who are both currently scheduled to become free agents following the season.

“I would assume both players are available for the right price,” NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi told “NFL Total Access” Friday.

Well, there is that.

“Once the franchise tag decision is set (by the Colts), now the Colts have assets,” Lombardi added. “Can they get something for those assets before they lose them in the free-agent market? Now, remember, a compensatory pick for players of this caliber typically would be a third-round pick. I’m sure teams would have to pay significantly to get both players.”

Incidentally, we might add, both Wayne and Mathis were held out of practice Thursday for non-injury related reasons. It’s not uncommon to give veterans a mid-week day off, but Wayne was listed as missing practice Friday for the same reason.

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