Now their statuses are in doubt.
General manager Ryan Grigson provided no specifics Thursday from the NFL Scouting Combine on whether or not Richardson was in the team's plans for 2015.
"This time of year, anytime of the year, it's a fluid process," he said. "You've probably noticed we've been making cuts. We've been adding to the 90-man roster. There's lot of room ... we're continually making those decisions. We'll make more decisions after who we see this week at the combine and those developing free agencies ... have those targets, have those meetings and see which ones are actually viable to get."
Coach Chuck Pagano later echoed Grigson's "fluid" comment when discussing the running back position.
"We still have to know if he wants to play," Pagano said. "There are certain guys we're still waiting to see if they still want to play this game or not. There are a lot of things up in the air at this point. But Reggie is an exceptional player...everyone in this room knows what he means to this franchise and what he means to this organization."
Wayne's productivity fell off precipitously after he suffered an elbow injury. Whether the six-time Pro Bowler decides to return after getting passed by younger players remains to be seen.
Some other notes from Grigson and Pagano:
- Grigson said he knows Robert Mathis is doing well after suffering an Achilles injury last year. However, he added that the team is at the mercy of the doctor as far as his availability for next season.