Colts lose Parris Campbell to the New York Giants in free agency

Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (1) celebrates
Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (1) celebrates / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Parris Campbell has decided to sign with the New York Giants in free agency.

Wide receiver Parris Campbell, one of the bigger free agents for the Indianapolis Colts this offseason, has decided to sign with the New York Giants. On Thursday, NFL insider Jordan Schultz reported that Campbell is moving on from the Colts and going to New York. It’s reportedly a one-year deal worth $3 million for Campbell with the Giants, and he joins former Colts linebacker, Bobby Okereke, who signed with the Giants early this week.

This move is somewhat of a surprise since Campbell has been very vocal about his desire to return to Indianapolis. Just before the start of free agency, Campbell had admitted to already having talks with Chris Ballard about staying with the Colts. However, the NFL is a business, and things don’t always go as planned.

Business often outweighs everyone’s desires and that could’ve been the case here. This also comes a day after Indy re-signed Ashton Dulin, a move that people wondered how it would impact Parris Campbell’s free agency.

Parris Campbell signs with the New York Giants

Campbell is coming off the best season of his career. After injuries limited him to just 15 total games in his first three seasons, he was able to play all 17 games of the 2022 season. In those games, Campbell caught 63 passes for 623 yards and three touchdowns. All were second-most for the Colts behind Indy’s No. 1 receiver Michael Pittman Jr.

Now, Indianapolis’ already struggling offense must find a way to replace Campbell and build depth at wide receiver.

What will Colts do at receiver after losing Parris Campbell?

Currently, Indy’s receivers are Michael Pittman Jr., Alec Pierce, Ashton Dulin, and Mike Strachan. The Colts can look for veterans in free agency to fill out the room, and they can also find a talented wideout or two in the 2023 NFL Draft. With Indy set to invest in a young quarterback, it’s crucial that they have a competent group of receivers.

With Stephon Gilmore traded and Parris Campbell leaving in free agency, the Colts have even more positions that they must urgently address than they did when the offseason first started.

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