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    Colts Plan Reggie Wayne stays, Edgerrin James leaves!!!

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    Difficult offseason decisions loom for team president Bill Polian.

    What to do with running back Edgerrin James? How about wide receiver Reggie Wayne? James is likely to go and Wayne is likely to stay, but they are just two of 13 Indianapolis Colts who will become unrestricted free agents.
    What areas need shoring up? What's atop the team's shopping list in the April draft?
    Those issues will be addressed, as they always have been, when emotions aren't so raw and so apt to influence judgments that must steer the team into 2006 and beyond.
    "You need to take the emotion out of it, which I'm not quite ready to do just yet,' Polian said Thursday, the sting of the Colts' 21-18 playoff loss to Pittsburgh still fresh.
    Once the mind clears, he added, the Colts must "make some informed judgments as to where the team is and where it needs to go.'
    Personnel changes figure to be few but significant. Five starters and place-kicker Mike Vanderjagt are among the players whose contracts expire in early March.
    "One thing I'm sure of is we don't need to do a lot of building or reworking,' Polian said. "We don't have nearly the momentous problems that the emotions would make you think we do.
    "This is a good team and will remain a good team. As I sit here now, there are probably some spots we're going to need to shore up. We'll have some losses due to free agency. You always do.'
    The first order of business is determining which players are vital to the team's future, which ones can be replaced via free agency or the draft, and which ones are affordable.
    The status of James and Wayne is the most intriguing offseason issue for the Colts.
    James is the team's career rushing leader and coming off one of his best seasons (1,506 rushing yards, 1,843 total yards from scrimmage, 14 total touchdowns). He'll be 28 when the '06 season opens.
    Wayne led the Colts in receptions in '05 with 83. He's gotten better each season, and is 27.
    It's a given Wayne and James will seek lucrative long-term contracts. Wayne probably would draw the most interest on the free agent market. James found no takers last offseason when the Colts allowed him to solicit trade offers after they named him their franchise player, and there's no guarantee the interest will be there in March.
    Polian declined to address specific players in Thursday's interview, but there are indications the Colts will retain either James or Wayne, not both.
    If that's the case, it's Wayne. Polian has told The Star in previous discussions Wayne "isn't going anywhere' and reiterated that stance on his most recent Monday night radio show.
    Just how the team retains Wayne remains to be seen. The most likely scenario is under the one-year franchise tag.
    The NFL and its players association have been unable to reach middle ground on an extension for the collective bargaining agreement. Without one, the 2006 season will be the final one governed by the salary cap; '07 will be an uncapped year.
    "The clock's ticking,' Polian said.
    Minus an 11th-hour resolution, a new set of rules goes into effect for player contracts. Signing bonuses of new deals can be prorated for only four years. More concerning is the "30 percent rule,' which states a player's base salary can increase only 30 percent each subsequent year from the start of the deal.
    Previously, teams have kept a player's initial salary cap number relatively low with backloaded deals: a big signing bonus and low base salaries in the first couple of years that mushroom later.
    That blueprint no longer will work. To satisfy the financial demands of a marquee player, such as Wayne or James, a team will have to "front load' deals, paying big initial base salaries along with the big signing bonus. That will result in a big cap number right away.
    One option to at least keep a cap number reasonable will be to greatly inflate the signing bonus, which can be prorated. That requires an owner with deep pockets.
    Under the new system, cash in the form of guaranteed signing bonuses will be paramount.
    Colts owner Jim Irsay already must dole out roster bonuses of $10 million to wide receiver Marvin Harrison and $9 million to quarterback Peyton Manning, and an $8 million option bonus to defensive tackle Corey Simon. Backup running back Dominic Rhodes is due a $1.45 million roster bonus. There's a chance the team will not pay that, making him an unrestricted free agent.
    Given the huge payouts due and uncertainty regarding the CBA, the only realistic option with Wayne is the franchise tag. A likely byproduct is the exit of James.
    "It could be anybody,' Polian said. "It's somebody every year. I know the fans are frustrated when that happens, but they should understand I'm as frustrated as they are, maybe more."

    "You always have a loss in free agency that breaks your heart -- Marcus Pollard, Marcus Washington, Rick DeMulling. You don't like it, but that's the system and you have to move forward.'


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    Re: Colts Plan Reggie Wayne stays, Edgerrin James leaves!!!

    Yeah I saw that earlier today. That would seem to be the smartest move by Indy if you ask me. James is a good RB, but has had a ton of touches in the NFL and has had knee troubles in the past. At his age, or more importantly taking into account his amount touches and injury past, he just isn't worth breaking the bank to keep, or add for that matter if you ask me.

    I'd love to have James as a Vike, but that money should be spent smarter, like on the O-line and at LB, the 2 weakest parts of our team.

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    Re: Colts Plan Reggie Wayne stays, Edgerrin James leaves!!!

    RB isnt a week area on this team? Just becuase we have "ok" RB's dosnt mean its not a week area. Its just as week as OL and LB IMO. You cant win games with ok average RB's who get hurt every other tackle. Last offseason we discussed going after alexander....tons of people on here said Alexander wont do this, wont do that, hes too old blah blah blah. If we dont atleast make a move at James we will regret it. He'll be in his 8th season.

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    Re: Colts Plan Reggie Wayne stays, Edgerrin James leaves!!!

    If the price is reasonable, then I would welcome him to the Vikings organization with open arms!
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    Re: Colts Plan Reggie Wayne stays, Edgerrin James leaves!!!

    "cajunvike" wrote:
    If the price is reasonable, then I would welcome him to the Vikings organization with open arms!
    with more than open arms. i say we give him what he wants.
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    Re: Colts Plan Reggie Wayne stays, Edgerrin James leaves!!!

    I hope the culpepper rumors die down and the James rumors start rising.

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    Re: Colts Plan Reggie Wayne stays, Edgerrin James leaves!!!

    I'd love James...three years ago. He worries me due to his age and past knee problems. If the Vikes got him I wouldn't cry but there's other RB's I'd like to see them get first.
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    Re: Colts Plan Reggie Wayne stays, Edgerrin James leaves!!!

    That would be so freaking SA-WEET if we could get Edgerrin James! We'd have a real running back for the first time since Robert Smith!

    The only potential downside I can think of is for those poor people who stitch the letters on the uniforms. They would have to write out "Erasmus James" and "Edgerrin James" onto the backs of both their jerseys because they both start with the same letter.


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    Edge is my favorite RB. Would love to see him on the Vikes. I agree he's getting up there in RB age, but, like everything else, if the price is right...

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    Re: Colts Plan Reggie Wayne stays, Edgerrin James leaves!!!

    "WilliamsonOfTroy" wrote:
    RB isnt a week area on this team? Just becuase we have "ok" RB's dosnt mean its not a week area. Its just as week as OL and LB IMO. You cant win games with ok average RB's who get hurt every other tackle. Last offseason we discussed going after alexander....tons of people on here said Alexander wont do this, wont do that, hes too old blah blah blah. If we dont atleast make a move at James we will regret it. He'll be in his 8th season.
    Offensive Lines make RB's weather there average or not. Mewelde Moore and Onterrio Smith are both above average RB's, a little undependable? Yes. Smith led the league in average yards per carry when he was playing and Mewelde has a good game everytime he has 18+ touches, not to mention his recieving yards. Now we still have Fason, i seen what he could do in college, plus he's going hard core this offseason targeting to add 10 pounds of muscle to his frame. He's determined. With those three RB's whoever wins the job can get it done behind a good offensive line, if one gets hurt, guess what we have another good one backing him up.

    Spending big amounts of money on RB's is stupid and ignorant. There are capable RB's all over the league that arn't demand record amounts of money. One hit and the RB is out for the season, there goes your investment.

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