Originally written on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Houston_texans_v_8301

The Colts resigned veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne yesterday in a move that shocked many people. Just days after releasing several key stars, the Colts signing of Wayne appeared to be a slight course reversal for a franchise intent on a massive rebuilding project.

Why would the Colts resign Wayne?

Here are five simple reasons.

 

1. They have to field a team in 2012. At some point, you have to have warm bodies on the field. After Pierre Garcon signed an insane contract with Washington, the Colts were left scrambling. They were going to have spend money on a free agent wide receiver. There's no way to fill out the roster just with the draft and undrafted players. If they have to sign someone, Wayne is in the category of guy they could afford.

2. The money was right. If the numbers are to be believed, Wayne signed a 3 year $17 million deal with $7 up front. That means he'll probably count $5 million against the 2012 cap. Even if he's cut at the end of the year, the hit will only be about $4.6 million next year. In other words, for about $5 million a year for two years, Colts get Wayne. It's hard to get a free agent of any quality for less.

3. Reward good behavior come contract time. Remember how the Colts never had a hold out for the past decade? That's because Marshall Faulk was dealt when he threatened one. Remember how Mathis and Wayne played nice and came to camp on time? When you are rebuilding a team, it pays to have vets in the locker room to tell the young guys to stay in line, shut up, and they'll get paid. Don't be surprised if resigning Mathis and Wayne doesn't pay off down the road. The locker room benefits of having Reggie Wayne around are innumerable. He actively wanted to play in Indy and rebuild the team. That counts for something.

4. Wayne still has great hands. He's just a possession receiver at this point, but he only dropped two passes last year. With a young QB, you want to give him someone he can trust to be in the right place and catch the ball. Wayne isn't an elite guy any more, but he does have some football value.

5. Throw the fans a bone. Hey, Reggie Wayne is connection to the past, and that's not a bad thing. Fans need someone to root for next year. You don't sign a guy to please fans, obviously. But if you are choosing among a similar group of wideouts, you might as well focus on someone the fans care about. For $5 million+ a year, the Colts weren't getting an elite guy. Getting an elite name in Colts history helps ease the sting of the past week.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lovie Smith denies Bucs tanked to secure #1 pick in 2015 Draft

Report: Jets will fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik on Monday

Braxton Miller has 'expressed interest' in Duke transfer?

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers mutually part ways

Mike Wallace benched for disciplinary reasons

Browns owner sends stern message to Johnny Manziel

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ray Allen is leaning toward retirement

Ravens clinch playoff spot

DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant set Cowboys records in win

Report: Browns feel Josh Gordon 'has to go'

Jets contacted Rex Ryan's agent about replacements for him

Justin Gilbert inactive after being late to team meeting

10 takeaways from NFL Week 17

WATCH: Mike Tomlin goes after Reggie Nelson after game

WATCH: Ndamukong Suh steps on Aaron Rodgers

Nation's top recruit says he won't follow Jim Harbaugh

Eric Decker's wife was concerned about hubby's groin

WATCH: Lamar Miller has longest run in Dolphins history

WATCH: Pats fans serenade Pete Frates with 'Happy Birthday'

Harbaugh rumors affecting Mich. basketball ticket prices?

WATCH: Dez Bryant burns Redskins defender for TD

Detroit bar offering free food, booze if Lions beat Packers

Jameis Winston: I would throw in Richard Sherman's direction

WATCH: Nebraska safety pukes on field, keeps playing

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WATCH: Suh steps on Aaron Rodgers

Browns owner sends message to Manziel

Ray Allen leaning toward retirement?

Ravens clinch playoff spot

Murray, Bryant set team records

Pats fans serenade Pete Frates

Browns to part ways with Josh Gordon?

Manziel was late after throwing party?

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans

Harbaugh to Mich. is done deal

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence supports Louisville with chant

Did Bielema do ‘Horns Down’?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.