The Indianapolis Colts will need to aggressively pursue free agent receivers this offseason.
Hilton has not officially made a decision but he has been open that he is contemplating retirement. He has given his all to this franchise so he’s earned the right to walk away on his terms.
If he decides to leave, Indianapolis would have to find a quality receiver to replace him. Honestly, even if Hilton comes back, Indy should still pursue elite receivers.
The Colts have struggled to field a receiving unit with multiple top receivers. As Michael Pittman Jr. has emerged into a top receiver, the rest of Indy’s wideouts, including Hilton, have either struggled with injury or regressed.
To complement the running game and to give whoever is at quarterback trustworthy targets, the Colts will have to be aggressive in either the draft, trade market, or free agency to bring another good receiver to Indy.
Fortunately, the free-agent market has a lot of talent at wide receiver. Here are 5 receivers the Colts can sign this offseason.
Colts can sign Allen Robinson
Unfortunately, Robinson had the worst season of his career. He only played in 12 games and caught 38 passes for 410 yards and one touchdown.
In fairness to Robinson, a lot going on in Chicago this season, and that likely impacted his numbers. Additionally, it’s fair to ask how committed he was since he was playing on the tag in a dysfunctional organization.
In years past, Robinson established himself as a No. 1 receiver without ever having consistent quarterback play, so he’s due for a bounce-back season in new circumstances.
Indianapolis can pair Robinson with Pittman and allow them to contribute off the running game. PFF projects that Robinson will sign a deal around $16 million annually and that’s certainly a price Indy can afford.