Wayne wants to stay a Colt, thinks Manning can still play

Long-time quarterback Peyton Manning isn’t the only player whose future the Indianapolis Colts have to decide on. Receiver Reggie Wayne is set to become a free agent after 11 seasons with the team.

Wayne told NFL Network he hopes to stay with the Colts but understands the realities of the business.

“I don’t see myself playing anywhere else,” he said, “but if it comes down to it, the ball is brown everywhere. It’s still up to me, no matter who’s throwing it to me, to catch the ball and make something happen once I have it.”

Wayne has 862 catches for 11,708 yards and 73 touchdowns since being selected by the Colts in the 2001 draft. This season was the first since 2003 in which he did not crack 1,000 yards receiving, finishing with 960 yards on 75 catches.

He said he hasn’t heard from the Colts yet about his future with the team, but knows that the leadership is dealing with “a storm” as it decides whether to cut ties with Manning. New GM Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano are also still settling in.

“My phone’s working, I do know that,” he said.

Wayne wouldn’t predict whether Manning will stay with the Colts, but did say he thinks the quarterback will play somewhere next season.

“I’m sure that he’s somewhere getting ready to prove some people wrong, that he can still play,” he said.

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