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Reggie Wayne a possibility in Miami

Reggie Wayne

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne makes a catch during NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Longtime Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne is heading toward free agency having heard nothing from the Colts about whether they want him back, and so the conversations are starting about where Wayne’s landing place could be. Unsurprisingly, the Dolphins appear to be a strong candidate.

Wayne played for the Miami Hurricanes and spends his offseasons in Miami, and Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reports that Wayne would be open to signing with the Dolphins.

That, of course, raises immediate questions about whether Wayne and Peyton Manning, who could go somewhere as a package deal, will find themselves as teammates in Miami, as they have been in Indianapolis since Wayne was drafted in 2001. On today’s Dan Patrick Show, Tony Dungy, who coached both men, said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if Reggie ends up where ever Peyton ends up.”

But Wayne, who will become a free agent a few days after Manning, could be a good fit for the Dolphins regardless of whether or not Manning is Miami’s quarterback. Wayne and Brandon Marshall would be a strong pair of starting receivers, with Davone Bess as the third receiver, and that rotation would upgrade the Dolphins at the position, where Brian Hartline played in all 16 games last year, starting 10, and had just 35 catches for 549 yards and one touchdown. No matter who the quarterback is in Miami next year, the 33-year-old Wayne appears to have enough left that he should help.

And if signing Wayne helps the Dolphins attract Manning, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross would love that.