Reggie Wayne signing with the New England Patriots added another interesting layer to the team’s rivalry with the Indianapolis Colts.
Don’t expect Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to play the Benedict Arnold card, though.
“There’s a lot of things said and written about a lot of people, but Reggie will always be one of the great Colts in my mind and a great, great teammate,” Luck said Tuesday on “The Rich Eisen Show” of Wayne signing with one of Indianapolis’ biggest rivals. “You can’t control what people write. It doesn’t really matter what’s fair or not fair, necessarily, but I know Reg is no traitor to me at all.”
Wayne spent 14 seasons with the Colts after being drafted in the first round (30th overall) by Indianapolis in 2001. He earned six Pro Bowl selections — first as a favorite target of Peyton Manning and then of Luck — and won a Super Bowl title with the organization.
The Colts opted not to re-sign the 36-year-old receiver this offseason, prompting him to seek employment elsewhere. Wayne landed with New England, which is fascinating given the Patriots’ playoff history with the Colts and Indianapolis’ connection to the Deflategate saga.
But a traitor? That’s a little extreme, even if the idea of Wayne catching passes from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is vomit-inducing for some loyal Colts supporters.
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