Patriots Strengthen Offense By Adding Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne spent his entire 14-year career in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. Many had speculated that when it was time for quarterback Peyton Manning to move on after a neck issue, that Wayne would follow.
It took a little longer for Wayne and the Colts to part ways, but this year it finally happened.
After letting it be known he was fully intent on playing at least one more season, however, Reggie Wayne’s name started bouncing around to interested teams. On Monday afternoon, a team finally bit.
Reggie Wayne and New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year deal, league source told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 24, 2015
Wayne kills two birds with one stone by signing with the New England Patriots, as he remains in the AFC and has a terrific shot at reaching one more Super Bowl, while he also gets to try to end an illustrious career on a high note.
Super Bowl Odds
That high note naturally includes winning another Super Bowl. Wayne has been to two Super Bowls (one win) in his career, and he picked a solid team to give it a go with, as New England is fresh off of their fourth ever Lombardi win.
There are no guarantees Wayne will get a second ring with the Pats, but the Patriots are still built for deep playoff runs and Wayne, on paper, can help their offense.
One interesting thing can now say is that he will have played with three very different NFL legends. Andrew Luck isn’t quite there yet, but he’s well on his way, while Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are both destined for the Hall of Fame. Wayne spent most of his career catching touchdowns from Manning, but enjoyed the last three seasons with Luck and will likely spend his final season, this year, hauling in balls from Brady.
Still Has It?
Of course, winning another title and wanting to go on a high note personally are two things Reggie Wayne will have to earn in 2015. He’s no lock to make New England’s final roster, as his one-year deal is probably incentive laden and not fully guaranteed. Julian Edelman is the Patriots’ clear number one wide receiver, while star tight end Rob Gronkowski is far and away their top weapon on offense, in general.
It will be interesting to see precisely how the Patriots intend on using the 36-year old Wayne. On the surface Wayne is an experienced, savvy veteran that possesses elite route-running ability and reliable hands. That wasn’t what he gave Luck and the Colts last year, however, as his routes were shakier than ever and he dropped more passes than Indy fans are accustomed to seeing.
On top of Wayne’s apparent decline, he also has struggled to stay on the field in each of the past two seasons. It’s entirely possible that injuries bogged him down and made his numbers and play look worse than they were, but it’s also possible the Pats are just kicking the tires on used goods.
Reggie Wayne is a big name that could pan out, and if he does, the Pats could have a steal to help round out a still deadly – and potentially Super Bowl-winning offense. If not, Wayne simply wouldn’t carve out a role big enough to hold Tom Brady and co. back. Whether or not they really go far again and have any real chance at repeating as Super Bowl champs may fall on their defense, which lost several key starters this off-season.
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