One of the greatest players in Indianapolis Colts franchise history is visiting with their biggest rival on Sunday. Former Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is visiting and taking a physical with the New England Patriots today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Former Colts WR Reggie Wayne arrived in New England last night and is taking a physical with the Patriots today, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2015
This makes a lot of sense, as Bill Belichick likes Wayne a lot and even tried to sign him back in 2012, while Wayne could be a good receiver for Tom Brady. For Wayne, it would give him one last shot at a title, as he only wants to play for a contender. The Patriots are indeed contenders, so he would have a decent shot to win the Super Bowl. If he were to sign with the Patriots, he would return to Indianapolis for a huge week six game between the Colts and the Patriots - a game made even bigger if it were to be Wayne's return.
Of course, ever since Wayne wasn't re-signed by the Colts, fans really were hoping he wouldn't go to the Patriots. That was the one team fans didn't want him to go to, considering the rivalry. It's important to note that no deal has happened yet, but he is visiting the team and taking a physical with them - something that only would happen if the Patriots do indeed have interest. While fans would certainly be upset if that happened, it is crucial to keep this in mind: the Colts were the ones that didn't want Reggie back. It's not like he opted to move on - rather he wanted to return but the Colts didn't. So, while it would suck seeing Wayne in a Patriots jersey, it would be very hard to blame him for it. Ultimately, at this point no deal has been signed, but it seems pretty evident that both sides have interest.
Wayne has stated that he wants to play in 2015 even though the Colts moved on from him, but he has made clear that this will be his last year. During his time with the Colts, he played in 211 games and was a part of 143 wins, both of which rank first in franchise history. He caught 1,070 passes for 14,345 yards and 80 touchdowns, racking up 43 100-yard receiving game. He is currently seventh in NFL history in receiving yards and eighth in receptions, while he is also perhaps the second-best playoff receiver ever behind just Jerry Rice. He is a six-time Pro Bowler and made one first-team All-Pro team. Without a doubt, he is one of the greatest players to ever wear the horseshoe, but it seems like, for one season to end his career, he'll be playing for another team.