Colts insider provides perfect replacement for TY Hilton if veteran leaves in free agency
The Indianapolis Colts were likely going to be in the market for a No. 1 wide receiver this offseason regardless of which quarterback they brought in to be their starter.
However, now that we know Carson Wentz will be running the offense, they literally have zero excuse not to add one.
When you consider how much of a gamble Indy is taking on Wentz, who was arguably the worst QB in the league last season, the top priority of the coaching staff and front office has to be making him as comfortable as possible under center.
Equipping Wentz with elite perimeter talent is seemingly a surefire way to do just that, which begs the question of which receiver the Colts should target if veteran TY Hilton isn’t re-signed.
The 31-year-old’s been outspoken about wanting to retire in Indy, but it’s far from a sure thing.
Well, in the event that Hilton finds a new home on the open market, Colts insider Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star identified Titans free agent Corey Davis as his ideal replacement, and you know what? We absolutely love the idea.
Is Titans star Corey Davis the perfect free agent acquisition for the Colts?
Colts fans would be hard-pressed to veto Davis landing in Indianapolis this offseason, and we have a lot of evidence to back it up. For starters, his price tag wouldn’t be nearly as high as some of the other high-profile receivers (Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, etc.) who are hitting free agency.
The Colts’ cap space took roughly a $20 million hit following the Wentz trade, so they don’t have as much money to spend as you might think. If they have a chance to strike gold at a position of need all the while saving some money, how could they pass up that opportunity?
Davis admittedly came dangerously close to being an all-time bust, but he proved this past season that his potential is still largely untapped. While playing second-fiddle to superstar AJ Brown in the pecking order, the former No. 5 overall pick produced career-highs in receptions (65), yards (984), touchdowns (five), yards per target (10.7), and catch rate (70.7%) in 2020.
Keep in mind that Davis missed two games due to injury, so the fact that he fell just 16 yards short of eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving threshold while sharing touches with Derrick Henry, who once again led the league with 378 carries (!), and Brown is seriously impressive.
It feels like Davis has been around for a while, but he just turned 26 in January, meaning he’s likely just entering his prime. In the simplest of terms, if the Colts were to pair him alongside the likes of Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell — and potentially Zach Pascal if he’s re-signed — we’d be looking at an immensely talented passing attack.