Will Colts legend TY Hilton be playing at all this season?

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates after a touchdown Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates after a touchdown Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. /
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Veteran receiver, and Indianapolis Colts legend, TY Hilton, still remains unsigned with the 2022 NFL regular season approaching.

TY Hilton was very open about the fact that he was contemplating retirement at the conclusion of last season. He had played 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the Indianapolis Colts, and he was coming off an injured year where he had his worst receiving production. Additionally, his favorite teammate and close friend, tight end Jack Doyle, decided to retire.

Despite all of that, Hilton has decided that he wants to continue playing. He announced that in an NFL Network appearance early in the offseason where he told teams that he is a free agent and if they want him to come and get him. However, now just a couple of weeks away from the start of the regular season, Hilton remains unsigned.

This isn’t necessarily uncommon with veteran players that have played a lot of years in the NFL, sometimes they wait until the end of training camp to join teams. But, it is fair to ask if Hilton will be suiting up for a team this upcoming season. While there have been a couple of interested teams, Hilton could still decide to retire.

What teams have expressed interest in TY Hilton?

Throughout the offseason, Chris Ballard has expressed that he has kept an open line of communication with Hilton and that there’s a possibility that he could return to the Colts. Aside from Indianapolis, the Dallas Cowboys have been the only other team with serious links to Hilton.

Both the Colts and the Cowboys have young receiving corps that have been inconsistent throughout the offseason. Another team that fits that mold is the Green Bay Packers. With Aaron Rodgers entering the home stretch of his career, Green Bay will definitely be willing to do whatever to help Rodgers win another Super Bowl.

All three of these teams could use Hilton, but none of them have signed him yet. Will they? There’s no telling at this point. Hilton isn’t a super public guy and there hasn’t been much discussion about his plans. It’s possible that a contending team could sign him right before the season starts or they may wait a couple of weeks into the season once they realize they desperately need help at receiver.

That could be the Colts since their receivers are so young and since the team is an injury away from being desperate at wideout. Hilton still has something left in the tank and a lot of people would love to see him finish his career in Indianapolis. Time will tell if that will be the case or not.