T.Y. Hilton voiced his displeasure last week with his team’s performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After this week’s 24-23 loss to Cincinnati, Hilton’s name is rising to the top of the trade block.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Hilton’s name has come up in recent trade talks. Florio made the report earlier this morning, but apparently the talks have intensified since this afternoon’s loss.
With this season all but lost, the Colts could definitely be sellers as the Tuesday trade deadline approaches. And while it is never as busy as the flurry of moves you’ll see in Major League Baseball or even the NBA, there is the occasional trade that pops up in the NFL.
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Hilton led the NFL in receiving last season, but he’s had an underwhelming 2017 season without franchise signal caller Andrew Luck. On the season, Hilton has 27 catches for 512 yards with only one touchdown including only 5 catches on 19 targets for 61 yards in the last three games. The Pro Bowl wide receiver is in the second year of a 5-year $65 million deal.
In his report, Florio points out the fact that Colts general manager Chris Ballard did not draft nor re-sign Hilton to that long-term deal. Ballard may not value Hilton as highly as former GM Ryan Grigson.
We’ll know the Colts’ decision, as it pertains to Hilton, by the end of business on Tuesday. Hilton has speed and skill, but if that type of talent could be flipped to a contender in need of receiving help. The Colts could net several draft picks to help build for the future as it looks like this season is a lost one.