INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne pleaded his case to owner Jim Irsay about his desire to return for a 15th and final season with the franchise during their face-to-face meeting in Florida about a month ago. Irsay told Wayne the decision had been made that they would not be re-signing him.
And despite the initial sting, Wayne said he has no ill will toward the franchise that selected him No. 30 overall in the 2001 draft.
"I have nothing bad to say about the Colts," Wayne told RTV6.com. "I have zero bad to say. They took me from the street and turned a frown upside down. Zero bad to say."
The Colts decided to move in another direction away from Wayne, who had slipped to the third receiver at best last season.
"He understood where the franchise was coming from in the end and we wish him well with whatever he decides on," Irsay said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix last week. "It was really hard. I knew that when you kind of let that era from Peyton's era and Edgerrin [James] and Marvin [Harrison] and Reggie and everyone. It's hard to let that era go because it was so special. But at the same time, in terms of the direction we thought the team had to go in, it was tough."
Wayne had his worst season since 2002 last season, totaling 64 receptions for 779 yards and two touchdowns while dealing with an elbow and torn triceps in the second half of the season. He totaled 1,070 receptions, 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns in his career.
"I was never 100 percent last year," Wayne said. "That wasn't me ... I felt like I could do something, even if I wasn't the No. 2 guy. I wanted to help the team even though in some ways I was probably hurting the team."
As reported by ESPN.com last month, Wayne had tricep surgery and had his knee -- the one he had ACL surgery on in 2013 -- cleaned out after the season.
Wayne told RTV6.com that he wants to continue playing.
"Just not done yet," he said. "No doubt in my mind I've got a minimum of one, maybe two years left in me. I ain't done yet."