Would it make sense for the Ravens to sign free agent wide receiver Reggie Wayne?
That’s a rumor making the rounds, with Wayne saying he wants to play another season. The Colts elected not to re-sign Wayne at age 36, after he spent 14 seasons with them.
WRTV-6 in Indianapolis has reported that the Ravens, Packers, Patriots, and Texans all have interest in Wayne.
There are potential pluses and minuses to the Ravens adding Wayne, including:
- Wayne’s experience would allow him to learn the offense quickly, as Steve Smith did last season.
- Wayne would be another veteran mentor for young receivers like Breshad Perriman and Marlon Brown.
- Joining a winning organization with a proven quarterback like Joe Flacco would likely maximize whatever Wayne has left.
- Wayne has not been a 1,000-yard receiver since 2012, and tied his career-low last season, averaging just 12.2 yards per catch. Wayne’s career arc is on the decline.
- Adding Wayne could take playing time from younger receivers like Perriman, Brown, Michael Campanaro, and Kamar Aiken, stunting their growth
- Wayne had offseason surgery for a torn triceps, and older players are often more injury prone.
The odds favor Wayne landing somewhere, due to his impressive career track record (1,070 receptions, 14,345 yards, 82 touchdowns) and reputation as a solid locker room guy.
But my gut feeling is that Wayne will not join the Ravens. After drafting Perriman and tight end Maxx Williams, I think the Ravens feel comfortable they have surrounded Flacco with enough weapons.