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Irsay: Wayne, Mathis 'trade rumors not true'

Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:11 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Somewhere, somehow, rumors about Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis getting traded popped up. As Phil Wilson at the Indianapolis Star notes, the rumors aren't really rumors so much as conjecture, based on the fact that they're free agents and there was a mention that the Colts should trade both guys in order to acquire picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

That's not an unreasonable take, but Colts owner Jim Irsay said Saturday that neither player will be heading anywhere other than Lucas Oil Stadium for their home games this year.

"No,the trade rumors aren't true," Irsay tweeted on Saturday morning. "I'm negotiating 2 buy Mars I can ensure inter-galactic,NFL dominance for the 25th century."

OK. Well at least I know I have something in the bag for Sorting the Sunday Pile, even if it lacks a clear-cut, pop-culture reference.

But back to dealing Wayne and Mathis -- it's not that likely to happen even though it probably should. (And, technically, still could.) Both guys are older than 30 and in the final year of their respective contracts. Wilson believes the Colts should extend both guys after this year; others feel differently.

Indy might not net all that much for the pair (or, more likely, if they're individually wrapped), but it seems reasonable that a contender with issues at wide receiver might be interested in Wayne. The Bills, the Titans, the Ravens, the Texans, the Chargers, the Redskins -- really anyone with a winning record would be upgraded by adding Wayne.

And Mathis could be a pass-rushing terror and/or upgrade for a number of teams -- the Jets, the Patriots, etc., -- that can't get pressure on the quarterback.

The real problem might lie in how Colts fans and players perceive the move. Yes, it would be saying "we're done in 2011" but everyone knows that, even if management steadfastly refuses to say it. (Which is totally fine -- no one should ever roll over and play dead in the NFL, at least not in Week 6.)

But maybe more importantly, it would be admitting that the Colts are in full rebuild mode, as they'd start 2012 without their top wideout and their second-best defensive player.

Provided that Peyton Manning will return next year -- something we don't know yet -- it puts Colts management in a tough spot. Can they really rebuild while he's in the final stages of his career? Manning gives them a chance to win like maybe no other player in the NFL. But at some point, the Colts do have to consider life after Manning.

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Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 3:22 pm

Irsay: Wayne, Mathis 'trade rumors not true'

Please do.  Painter isn't liking him much, which really sucks for my fantasy team!

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 2:19 pm

Irsay: Wayne, Mathis 'trade rumors not true'

The Colts should trade Reggie Wayne and get what they can for him, because I have a feeling after his contract is up that he will not re-sign with the colts. He most likely will want a long term contract and expect loads of money as well. And if they don't trade him, then he will most likely to sign on with another team that will give him what he wants. I don't know why but I have a feeling that he will turn down any offer that the Colts try to give him and still stay under the cap. Somehow I keep having flash backs of Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison as well as some other player on both sides of the ball walking away from reasonable offers from the Colts. Lets be honest Quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady can make almost any reciever look great. Why take the chance of not looking into a trade to save face once Reggie walks next year?

As for Robert Mathis, I would do whatever it takes to keep him on the team. The Colts already need to work on issues regarding the defensive side of the ball and by letting  Mathis go would only worsen matters. The Peyton Manning years are slowly coming to an end and without a turn around on the defensive side of the ball, I sadly feel like the Colts will not win another championship in the foreseable future.

If the 2011 Colts end up with the first pick of next years draft and Landry Jones bypasses his senior season, I hope they pick up this kid to someday replace Peyton. I just don't feel like Andrew Luck would fit into the Colts offensive system. What future NFL QB wouldn't want to learn from one of the best that has played the game?

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:37 pm

Irsay: Wayne, Mathis 'trade rumors not true'

Comments like these are why I have ALWAYS appreciated the good times the Colts have had. I have been a fan since 1964 and the last  12 years have been a great ride...expectations followed by successes. Good or bad it will always be in my house...GO COLTS!

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