Reggie Wayne Asked to be Released From New England Patriots

If Reggie Wayne’s going to continue his NFL career, it won’t be in New England. Wayne was cut by the Patriots on Saturday after only 12 days with the team.

There is an odd side to this story though, according to ESPN.com, Wayne actually asked the Patriots to release him.

The former Colts signed with the Patriots on Aug. 24 and suited up four days later for the New England’s Week 3 preseason game against the Panthers.

Although Wayne caught zero passes in that game, he did see more playing time in the Patriots final preseason game against the Giants.

In the 12-9 loss to New York, Wayne caught two passes for 24 yards.

After that game, Wayne didn’t seem to hide the fact that he still had a lot to learn about the Patriots’ playbook.

“The season is going to be here whether I’m ready or not,” Wayne said on Sept. 3. “There is a lot of stuff I can learn from tonight and I still have a week to get ready.”

Retirement could be the next option for the 36-year-old receiver.

Wayne suffered a torn ACL against the Broncos in 2013, and appeared to lose some explosiveness when he returned from the injury in 2014. Wayne caught 64 passes last season, which was the fourth lowest total of his 14-year career.

If Wayne’s career is over, he got a nice parting gift from New England: The receiver’s one-year deal with the team included $450,000 in guaranteed money.

On the other hand, if Wayne decided to try and continue his career, look for him to try and sign with a playoff contender like the Ravens or Seahawks.

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