TY Hilton reacts to Jack Doyle’s retirement, how does it impact his Colts future?
Indianapolis Colts receiver, TY Hilton, reacts to his teammate and close friend, Jack Doyle, retiring.
TY Hilton once said that Jack Doyle was his favorite teammate. Now, the teammate that Hilton has played nine seasons on the Indianapolis Colts with has decided to retire.
On Monday afternoon, the Colts released a statement from Doyle where he expressed his gratitude for being able to play for his hometown team and his ultimate decision to call it a career.
Once the news was out, many of Doyle’s teammates begin sending out endearing messages. That included Hilton, who penned a tweet that captured how close the two were.
Hilton mentions Andrew Luck’s retirement along with Doyle’s and calls them his “two closest friends.” Luck, Doyle, and Hilton were three-pillar players that represented the post-Manning era.
They were able to give Indianapolis some memorable moments and create their own legacies with the Colts. Now, two of the three have officially retired and the third is contemplating.
Could Jack Doyle’s decision impact Hilton’s playing future?
Will TY Hilton return to Colts after Jack Doyle retired?
When TY Hilton previously said that Doyle was his favorite teammate, he also said that they would discuss the idea of retirement together and that their decisions may influence each other.
Does this mean fans should brace for an announcement from TY?
Well, just last week, Colts general manager, Chris Ballard told the media that when he recently spoke to Hilton, he still wanted to play football.
Considering the wording of Hilton’s tribute post to Jack Doyle, it still seems like his mind is that of an active player. He said that both Luck and Doyle have left him and asked them to save him a seat. That makes it sound like he has plans to step back on the field.
It’s likely that Hilton is still undecided and is probably waiting to see how Indy’s offseason unfolds just like everyone else watching. The Colts have two decisions to make that could greatly impact Hilton’s decision.
One is hiring a wide receivers coach. It has been mentioned that Reggie Wayne is an option, and Wayne and Hilton have a good relationship, so that may help Hilton return.
The other decision is naming a starting quarterback. The Colts are open that they move on from Carson Wentz but it’s not clear what direction the team will go. Running it back with Wentz is even a possibility.
Hilton hasn’t publicly made clear who he wants at quarterback or how that impacts his decision, but you have to imagine that he isn’t returning for an 11th season with instability at the quarterback position.
Once the Colts make their decisions, TY Hilton will probably make his. Until then, everyone will just have to wait to see how things unfold.