Wide receiver Donte Moncrief is set to be a free agent this offseason, but he reportedly may be willing to return to the Colts on a one-year “prove it” deal after a disappointing season.
Donte Moncrief had a down season in his contract year as he was only able to play in 12 games with 26 receptions for 391 yards and 2 touchdowns. He had a breakout season in 2015 with 733 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, but he’s failed to top 400 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons as injuries and inconsistent quarterback play have slowed him down.
ESPN is reporting that the Colts organization was “frustrated” by Moncrief’s performance last season, and that he would be willing to come back to Indianapolis on a one-year deal to rebound from a tough 2017.
The Colts don’t currently have much depth behind T.Y. Hilton at the wide receiver position, and bringing back Moncrief on a team-friendly short-term contract would be good for both sides.
For Indianapolis, they could pick up a talented free agent receiver or a prospect in the draft to be their number-two receiver and possibly have Moncrief as a third or fourth option in their offense next season.
For Moncrief, his injury issues and poor production over the past two seasons have decreased his value, and his best option in 2018 may be coming back to the place where he already has a relationship with two of the team’s quarterbacks.
We’ll likely have to wait and see how the market views Moncrief this offseason, but I could see this being a good option for both team and player in this situation.