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It was missing out on ‘family time’ — not lack of ‘fun’ — that made Reggie Wayne decide to leave Patriots 02.02.17 at 10:53 pm ET
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Reggie Wayne has no ill will toward the Patriots. (Jim Dedmon/USA Today Sports)

Reggie Wayne, who retired after a brief stop in New England in 2015, has no ill will toward the Patriots. (Jim Dedmon/USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON — Reggie Wayne has no regrets about the way it ended with the Patriots.

The veteran wide receiver, who had an 11-day stay in the summer of 2015 with New England at the end of what is likely a Hall of Fame career, hung them up after his time with the Patriots ended. But there were conflicting reports on the way it all went down, with one story saying Wayne asked for his release from New England because it wasn’t any fun. On Thursday, he said instead, it was about missing out on “family time.”

“I needed to get in my kid’s life. Fourteen years [playing] is enough. My wife, she was the All-Pro. It was time for family. It really was. I don’t regret the way it ended,” he said. “It’s a dead end at some point in time. Not everybody can be Tom Brady, to keep playing. Going through it, talking to my family, talking to my kids every day, I was 36 at the time. It was time to go home.

He had a problem with the reports that said he retired because it wasn’t fun with the Patriots.

“One thing about me? They live through sources. I don’t live through sources,” he said of those reports. “Let’s call your source. I don’t live through sources. I live through facts. I’m a facts guy.”

Wayne also rejected the idea that he was struggling to pick up New England’s offense.

“Listen, I’ve been playing football since I’ve been 7 years old. There are only so many route concepts you can make up. The only difference is learning the terminology,” he said.

“I went there, I worked out the 22nd or 23rd and I was with the starting offense on the 26th,” he added. “I was only there for 11 days, so I’m sure there was more to it, but I was starting in three or four days. In the third preseason game, which is probably the most important preseason game, I was with the starting offense. So as far as me saying it was too hard, practice was too hard, whatever man.”

Wayne also scoffed at the idea that he didn’t fit in.

“It’s football. They can say all they want about it not being fun, but [expletive], look where they’re at, in the Super Bowl. They win games.”

Currently working as an analyst for the NFL Network, he remains impressed with the New England receivers.

“It’s a amazing to see [the Patriots’] wide receiver position,” Wayne said. “It’s an example of you don’t need all first-rounders. You just need guys to go out and do their job. We were talking about that on the way in; Julian Edelman played quarterback. Chris Hogan … did he really play at Penn State or didn’t he? Malcolm Mitchell. All these guys. They’re an example of guys who … when you work hard and give it everything you’ve got, the sky is the limit.”

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Tom Brady responds to Reggie Wayne’s cheating comments 11.07.16 at 10:58 am ET
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Tom Brady

Last week on the NFL Network, former NFL wide receiver Reggie Wayne said Tom Brady cannot win the NFL’s MVP because he was “caught cheating” this year.

During his weekly appearance with Kirk & Callahan on Monday (listen to the interview here), Brady was informed of what Wayne’s comments were, and was given the chance to respond, but instead the quarterback laughed it off.

“Well, I still think he’s a great player, and it doesn’t change the experience I had with him when he was here,” Brady said.

Added Brady: “I don’t know what Reggie said or anything, but I liked being with Reggie. I actually had a lot of great conversations with him. Played against him for a long time; he’s a Hall of Famer. I always wish Reggie the best. He was a great player.”

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Reggie Wayne: Tom Brady can’t win MVP ‘because he was caught cheating this year’ 11.01.16 at 7:58 pm ET
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Through his four games this season (after serving his four-game suspension), Tom Brady has been one of, if not the best, player in the NFL.

The quarterback is on pace to finish the year 294-for-402 (73 percent) for 3,957 yards with 36 touchdowns and no interceptions. If he does that, he would likely be on his way to winning the NFL MVP award.

But, one NFL Media analyst doesn’t think he should win the award.

“There is no way Tom Brady can win MVP because he was caught cheating this year,” Reggie Wayne said on NFL Total Access Monday night.

Wayne spent the end of training camp last season with the Patriots, but reportedly asked for his release, later saying playing for the Patriots was too tough and he wasn’t having fun.

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Donald Brown latest in parade of ex-Peyton Manning Era Colts who couldn’t cut it with Patriots 08.23.16 at 11:28 am ET
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Despite the fact that Reggie Wayne has moved on to New England, his old teammate Andrew Luck still has nice things to say about him. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Reggie Wayne is one of several ex-Peyton Manning Era Colts who failed to find success with the Patriots. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

With Tuesday’s release of running back Donald Brown, it brings down the curtain on one of the longest traditions in Foxboro, “Peyton Manning Era Colt Who Attempts To Revive His Career With The Patriots.” It’s featured several notable names over the years.

Brown: The former UConn standout, who was with Indy from 2009 through 2013, was signed this past March 18 and released with an injury settlement on Aug. 23.

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne: Wayne spent 14 seasons with the Colts and had 14,345 receiving yards before he was cut loose by Indy following the 2014 season. The Patriots signed him on Aug. 25 last summer, but asked for and was granted his release on Sept. 6 after reportedly saying it was “too tough” and “not fun” in Foxboro.

Running back Joseph Addai: The shifty LSU product, who rushed for 4,453 yards in six seasons with the Colts, was signed by New England on May 10, 2012, but reportedly walked out in late July … midway through a conditioning test.

Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez: The pass catcher was a member of the Colts from 2007 through 2011 and compiled 1,307 receiving yards through that stretch. He was inked by the Patriots on March 17, 2012, but he didn’t even make it to training camp — he was cut on May 29 of the same year.

Wide receiver Austin Collie: Collie probably had he best career in New England of any ex-Colt on this list. After four seasons in Indy, he played seven games for the 2013 Patriots, and finished with six catches for 63 yards. He did not return for the 2014 campaign.

Tight end Dallas Clark: Clark, who had a serious run of success over the course of his career against New England, had a tryout in 2012 with the Patriots, but nothing ever came of it and he ended up signing with the Bucs.

Tight end Marcus Pollard: The rangy tight end signed with the Patriots in the spring of 2008, but was released on Aug. 19.

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Bill Belichick: Reggie Wayne’s release was ‘mutually agreed upon’ 09.05.15 at 5:57 pm ET
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It was a bit of a surprise when the Patriots released wide receiver Reggie Wayne to get down to the final 53-man roster on Saturday, especially when he signed with the team just over two weeks ago with a $485,000 signing bonus.

Belichick said the release was “mutually agreed upon” in a statement.

Here is the complete statement: 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 some emulate. Our parting was mutually agreed upon and I am personally grateful to have worked with one of the greatest NFL players of the last two decades.

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Reports: Reggie Wayne ‘will not be’ on Patriots 53-man roster, asked to be released at 3:41 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, wide receiver Reggie Wayne “will not be” on the Patriots’ 53-man roster that will be finalized 4 p.m. Saturday.

Wayne was signed just over two weeks ago — Aug. 24 — and received a $450,000 signing bonus. He appeared in the final two preseason games, including playing the entire first half Thursday night against the Giants and caught two passes on 10 targets from the recently released quarterback Ryan Lindley.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds, Wayne asked to be released.

Wayne spent the first 14 years of his career with the Colts, catching 64 passes and two touchdowns last season.

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Reggie Wayne, Jonas Gray, Robert McClain (reportedly cut) not present at Patriots practice at 1:17 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots held their last practice before the team officially gets down to the 53-man roster by 4 p.m. Saturday.

There were four players missing from practice during the media portion which was roughly 10 minutes: wide receivers Reggie Wayne and Brandon LaFell (PUP), running back Jonas Gray and cornerback Robert McClain.

McClain has reportedly been cut, according to multiple reports.

Wayne got a $450,000 signing bonus just two weeks ago, so it would be surprising if he were cut. The 36-year-old’s contract would become guaranteed if he’s on the roster for Week 1. The wide out played the entire first half in Thursday’s final preseason game, catching two passes.

Gray didn’t play at all in the final preseason game, but him being cut would be a surprise with LeGarrette Blount suspended for Week 1 — although the team could go with Brandon Bolden. LaFell is still recovering from offseason foot surgery, but him not practicing indicates he likely won’t be ready for Thursday’s game.

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