Jim Irsay: Colts ‘Getting Closer’ on Castonzo, Hilton Contracts


According to Colts.com’s Steve Andress, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said that his team is “getting closer” to reaching new contracts with two of its star players in left tackle Anthony Castonzo and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton:

   Update (11:19): Here’s what Irsay said exactly: 

"“No update right now,” said Irsay at his team’s training camp. “It’s something we’re working on with both guys. I really think they’re guys that are going to be long-term Colts.”“I think by the end of the month, we’d like to get that stuff done,” added Irsay. “By the end of the month, so we can obviously get focused on the season and not be doing that during the year. We’ve made a lot of progress, but we’re not there yet on either guy right now.”"

By all indications, it’s looking increasingly likely that the team could reach new contracts with each player by September’s start. Rest assured, both Castonzo and Hilton’s new deals will make them among the highest paid players at their respective positions.

Aug 5, 2015; Anderson, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) waits his turn to go through drills during training camp at Anderson University. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It gives the Colts the opportunity to lock up key members of their young core, as Castonzo (26) and Hilton (25) still figure to have many years of elite football left in them. It also provides the team’s top re-signing priority in Andrew Luck more incentive to re-up in Indianapolis, as the Colts are looking to continue to surround him with elite talent for the foreseeable future.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Hilton’s agent Drew Rosenhaus was in Anderson, Indiana, for training camp to help progress contract negotiation talks between the two sides. It’s worth noting that contract talks with Castonzo and his representation remain fluid at this time as well.

Judging by what we’re seeing and hearing from all parties involved, it appears that both Castonzo and Hilton should be locked up for the long-term as Colts relatively soon.

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