As the first night of free agency winds down, some big-name players have been taken off the board. One of the bigger names, whom many thought would be signed by someone else, is Reggie Wayne. Rather than signing with a new team, the Indianapolis Colts have reached a deal to retain the 11-year veteran.
This is great news for Colts fans who have not had any positive news in the last few weeks. The signing of Wayne will give Andrew Luck a No.1 target and a leader for this young offense. This was the Colts’ top priority going into the 2012 free agency. Signing Wayne secures him for the next three years. While he is Indianapolis, he will have the opportunity to help mold the younger talent that will come via the 2012 NFL draft.
The news of re-signing Reggie Wayne was huge because earlier in the day the Colts lost Pierre Garcon to the Washington Redskins, and there was no way the team would be able to lose the top two receivers and expect success with Andrew Luck coming in.
It’s still early for this year’s free agency really to take effect but with this signing the Colts can start to mold their team together, knowing they will have a key component to their offense.
The Colts signing Wayne helps everyone. If the rumors were true and Wayne followed Peyton Manning somewhere, it could have been hard for some teams to stop with these two guys knowing each other the way they do. On a side note, it will be sad not to see Manning throw to Wayne ever again unless something big happens via trade.
This is the first step in the right direction for the Colts’ general manager Ryan Grigson. Let’s just hope he can get out there and strike a deal with someone to go with Wayne, maybe even a defender.
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