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Wayne will skip Colts' mandatory minicamp, wants new contract

Four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne will not participate in the Indianapolis Colts' mandatory three-day minicamp this weekend as he seeks a new contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.

Wayne, who later confirmed his intentions in an e-mail to ESPN, also has missed organized team activities this offseason, but that isn't unusual.

Wayne has two years remaining on his deal, and he's due to earn under $6 million each season. The Colts are trying to get a new deal done for quarterback Peyton Manning, then turn their attention to potential extensions for Wayne and defensive end Robert Mathis, who also has skipped OTAs.

Wayne has talked to coaches about his decision not to attend minicamp, including a conversation with coach Jim Caldwell, according to the source. Wayne has a strong connection with Manning, is well versed in the Colts' offense and always has reported in great shape, which doesn't make his absence a huge factor, although the minicamp is considered mandatory.

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