Reggie Wayne is happy for the latest wide receivers to get paid like Andre Johnson and Miles Austin. He is also happy that disgruntled teammate Antoine Bethea got the contract he got during the off-season. But he is not happy with his contract and wants to be with the happy bunch. The Indianapolis Colts’ Pro-Bowl wide receiver wants to turn that frown upside down.
Wayne congratulated Johnson.
“This offseason we were talking about contracts,” Wayne said. “Once he got his done, I texted him ‘congratulations,’ and the first thing he asked me was, ‘So what’s up with yours? What are you going to do?’ I texted him ‘absolutely nothing.’ At least somebody’s getting paid. I’d also like to send congratulations out to Miles Austin. He got paid.”
Johnson was agreed towards a two-year extension that would pay him over $38 million and Austin recently had a six-year contract worth over $54 million.
Wayne currently is number two, behind Marvin Harrison, on the Colts’ all-time list for receptions and yards and is third in touchdowns. He will play out the final two years of his six-year, $39 million deal. Wayne wants a new contract now, as he is only making about $5 million for the next two years.
“It’s either we’ll get something done or we’re not. We haven’t had any talks. I can read in between the lines, I know what’s going on,” he said. “But I’m not going to let that affect my production. Like they say, it’s a business, right? So I’m going to treat it like a business. I’m going to do what I’m supposed to do. And that’s go out there and make plays.”
Wayne planned to miss training camp, but it didn’t work. However, he did miss the mini-workouts.
“I thought about it [holding out], but it’s bigger than me,” Wayne said on Aug. 2. “I had already let my teammates down once.”
The Colts will face the Houston Texans this Sunday for the season-opener. Wayne is ready and show that he is worth the money that is due to him.
“I feel great, man,” he said. “I’m not going to say I feel like I’m 20. Maybe 21 would be more accurate. But we’ve got some guys around here to keep me feeling young. I feel great, and I’m ready to play. I’m 100 percent healthy, and I’m looking for a good game and a good season.”