Chris Ballard and the Indianapolis Colts have spent the offseason looking for ways to potentially get younger and cheaper at wide receiver, despite the fact that veteran wide receiver TY Hilton could give Carson Wentz a trusted option on the outside.
While Hilton’s exploits with the Colts need no introduction, the fact that he has just under 1,300 yards in the last two seasons combined with his age has made it difficult for him to really cash in this offseason.
While Hilton’s skillset could be used well in a variety of different offensive schemes, Reich and Marcus Brady once helped Hilton tally almost 1,300 yards in 14 games one season, and there is optimism that suggests he could reach those marks once again.
Seeing the need to provide second-year stud Michael Pittman Jr. with an established deep threat alongside him, Ballard agreed to bring Hilton back on Wednesday, bolstering a receiving corps that could lead Indianapolis to the playoffs.
Colts TY Hilton Contract Details
Hilton is coming back on a one-year, $10 million contract that will pay him $8 million in guarantees.
A former third-round pick out of Florida International in 2012, the wideout has recorded 9,360 yards receiving and 50 touchdowns as a Colt, all the while making four Pro Bowls in nine seasons. Hilton was intent on finishing the prime of his career with his Colts, and it appears he’ll get his wish.
According to sources, Hilton had several offers on the table, some of which were actually more lucrative than what Indianapolis offered. In the end, the draw of returning to the city he’s called home for almost a decade was too good for TY to pass up.
Functionally, Hilton will likely be the No. 2 receiver, as the continued development of Pittman could help him take over the team lead in targets. There is still time for Ballard to potentially add another receiver that takes over the No. 1 role in free agency, however, as Hilton’s deal isn’t too expensive (and, remember, this team has spent nothing).
Hilton had made enough memories in Indianapolis to last a lifetime, as his speed, ability to make big plays down the field, and iconic celebration have helped make him one of the most beloved Colts players in the post-Peyton Manning era.
Hilton might not lead the league in receiving again, but the fact he turned down more lucrative offers to return to Indianapolis and help the Colts win a championship speaks volumes about what he means to this team, franchise, and community as a whole.
Welcome back, TY! Let’s try to finally slip a ring on that finger!