Report: Reggie Wayne felt playing for Pats was 'too tough' and 'not fun'

When the Patriots released Reggie Wayne on Saturday, the team did so because Wayne asked to be released. 

So why didn't Wayne want to stay in New England? 

According to former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, Wayne wanted out because the former Colts receiver thought the New England's "work environment was to tough" and playing for the Patriots was "not fun."

Basically, it sounds like Wayne wasn't a fan of the "Patriot Way." Also, since this is a Colts-Patriots story, let's pause for a second so everyone can get any and all Deflategate jokes out of their system.

OK, back to the story. 

Zolak, who spent seven seasons as a Patriots quarterback, is currently the color analyst on the team's radio network. The former quarterback's claim might sound crazy, but it could help explain why Wayne only lasted 12 days in New England. 

The 36-year-old receiver signed with the Patriots on Aug. 24 and played in two preseason games before being cut on Saturday. In those two games, Wayne caught a total of two passes for 24 yards. 

It's possible the former Colts receiver, who underwent surgery on a torn ACL less than two years ago, decided he just can't do it anymore.

One person who wasn't offended by the fact that Wayne wanted out was Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick released a statement after Wayne was released, something he doesn't usually do for guys who were with the team for less than two weeks.

"Obviously, Reggie's time here was brief, but it only confirmed what I already thought -- he is a true professional who represents every positive attribute a player should emulate," Belichick said. "Our parting was mutually agreed upon and I am personally grateful to have worked with one of the great NFL players of the past two decades."

Wayne's time in New England wasn't a complete loss: The wide receiver's contract included $450,000 in guaranteed money. 

Reggie Wayne might not have been a fan of the 'Patriot Way.' (USATSI)
Reggie Wayne might not have been a fan of the 'Patriot Way.' (USATSI)
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