Reggie Wayne: Manning throwing like "the Peyton of old"
The Colts have made their decision about Peyton Manning's future. Now Manning gets to decide where he plays next.
"I'm throwing it pretty well. I've come a long way and I've really worked hard," he told reporters Wednesday.
Manning was seen getting off a flight to South Florida later Wednesday afternoon.
According to his longtime receiver Reggie Wayne, Manning is very close to returning to MVP form.
'"I've seen Peyton Manning throw the ball 65 yards. If that ain't strong enough, if he has to throw the ball farther than that, I'm not sure he should play again."
Wayne tells Eyewitness Sports on Wednesday that has been working out with Manning recently in Miami, Florida. He says the former Colts quarterback is making all the key throws with even more power than many expected.
"He overthrew me a couple of times. He's definitely throwing the ball with some whip and some velocity and some depth. He looks good, he looks like the Peyton Manning of old. He Looks like same Peyton Manning that threw it fast in the last game he played against the Jets. If not stronger. His arm is well rested. He's a lot fresher I can say that. He looks good. He looks eager to prove some people wrong. Looks eager to show everybody he's back. I'm sure he'll go out and do just that."
Manning made it clear Wednesday that he is not ready to step away from the NFL. "I don't want to retire. No, I don't feel like I have anything to prove. Nobody loves their job more than I do. Nobody loves playing quarterback more than I do. I still want to play."
Where Manning will play is the next big question. The list of potential suitors grows by the day. Wayne expects to hear from many of those teams as well. An unrestricted free agent, Wayne has still not heard from the Colts.
"I have not received a phone call. I'm assuming that it's over. There are still five days left. I'm not sure anyone can get a deal done in five days. I'm expecting the worst, the worst being that my time is up. It's been real. No regrets. No ill will. Just move on, that's the way it goes," he said.
Wayne says he is indebted to the Colts, and to Manning. Like Manning, Wayne spent his entire career with the Colts. Whether or not he catches passes in an NFL game from Manning again is another story. Wayne says a package deal for the quarterback and receiver isn't in the works. Yet.
"I don't know about all that. If someone knows that I wish they would tell me, I have not been notified that as of yet. But you never know, man. If I can land somewhere with Peyton, that's great. If not, the journey continues."