Grigson, Pagano talk Wayne, Redding

March, 14, 2012
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The Indianapolis Colts locked up receiver Reggie Wayne and brought in defensive end Cory Redding in their first two moves in free agency.

Their press release announcing the moves offered some insight from general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano.

Grigson on Wayne: “Reggie Wayne has been a pillar in the Colts organization and is already one of the greatest receivers to don the horseshoe. His leadership, sense of team and the way he conducts himself on and off the field are invaluable to the franchise. Reggie continually strives for excellence and that matches the attitude and vision we share as an organization. He is a true pro in every sense of the word and we are ecstatic he is back in the fold.”

Pagano on Wayne: “My relationship with Reggie dates back to our days at the University of Miami and I knew back then that he was going to be a special player. Reggie is a tireless worker who competes at an extremely high level. He’s always been proud to represent the Colts and we are thrilled to have him back.”

Grigson on Redding: “Cory is a big and aggressive interior 5-technique player who is an ideal fit in this defense. This type of player is hard to come by because of the traits required to play over large offensive linemen while still being a force to stop the run. Cory has all of the characteristics to be very successful within our scheme and he will complement the rest of the defense very well. We’re excited to have him.”

Pagano on Redding: “Cory is a fantastic player, leader and family man. He was a tremendous asset to our defense in Baltimore and he pieced-together one of his best seasons last year. Cory will fit in nicely with what we are trying to accomplish on the defensive side of the ball this year.”

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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