The Indianapolis Colts really have no excuse not to be major players once the new league year officially gets underway in a few days.
Though extensions for marquee players could seriously hinder their spending flexibility, we like to think GM Chris Ballard will exploit every loophole in the book (like restructuring contracts) to ensure he can address the team’s biggest needs.
After the Colts unloaded two draft picks to make Carson Wentz their starting quarterback, getting him weapons should be atop the priority list this offseason.
However, the latest buzz suggests that one of the offense’s most reliable contributors could be on his way out of town.
According to ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler, free agent wideout TY Hilton is expected to receive interest from the likes of the Packers and Dolphins.
If the four-time Pro Bowler commands this sort of market, Colts fans can kiss any chance of him returning goodbye.
The latest free agency buzz suggests TY Hilton won’t return to the Colts.
We hate to even picture a world in which Hilton isn’t playing for the Colts, but if he already has multiple contenders vying for his services, his departure kind of seems inevitable. After all, when you consider how desperate Green Bay and Miami are for help at wide receiver, it wouldn’t be surprising if they offered Hilton a lucrative contract.
The Colts front office has been outspoken about wanting to retain the former third-round pick this offseason, but those statements have largely been followed with phrases like “at the right price” or “if everything works out,” seemingly hinting that a reunion was unlikely.
We normally like to be as optimistic as possible, but Ballard simply isn’t entering a bidding war for a 31-year-old receiver (he’ll turn 32 in the middle of next season) who relies so heavily on speed and lateral quickness to create separation from defenders.
Throw Hilton’s extensive injury history (especially to his hamstring and ankles) into the mix and that just further builds the case against bringing him back. Though the nine-year pro has avoided serious injuries over his career, nagging ailments have taken their tolls the last few seasons.
This report doesn’t confirm anything, and a lot can certainly change between now and the start of free agency. However, with Hilton already reportedly garnering interest from two contenders, coupled with the fact there’s a loaded WR class to choose from as far as replacements are concerned, it would be a surprise if re-signed with Indy.