A former Colts receiver is returning to the NFL after years away from the league

A talented wide receiver that the Indianapolis Colts drafted in 2018 is attempting an NFL comeback.
Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Deon Cain (11) walks on the
Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Deon Cain (11) walks on the / Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

As teams get ready to return for training camp, they are making late-offseason signings as they finalize their camp roster. There are still several high-profile free agents like DeAndre Hopkins and Dalvin Cook that are looking for teams, but there are also lower-profile guys hoping to get a training camp invite so they can fight for a roster spot.

One of those guys is Deon Cain, the wide receiver that was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2018 Draft. After bouncing around different teams, Cain is coming off an impressive stint in the USFL and he now has another shot in the NFL.

On Monday, the Birmingham Stallions, Cains’ USFL team, announced that they were terminating Cain’s contract because he was signing with an NFL team. However, the USFL leaves the announcement of the team up to the player or the NFL franchise. It hasn’t been announced which team signed Cain, but he is returning to the NFL.

Deon Cain is returning to NFL after impressive USFL season

Deon Cain played eight regular season games with the Stallions in the most recent USFL season. In those games, he only had 16 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns. However, he also had 668 kick return yards and two kick return touchdowns.

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In the two-game playoffs, Cain had 12 catches for 144 yards and three touchdowns. All three touchdowns came in the championship game where Cain won MVP.

Prior to heading to the USFL, Cain spent five years in the NFL trying to find his footing after his career started by tearing his ACL in his first preseason game. Cain spent time on the active roster for the Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, and was a practice squad member for the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles. He played in 15 total NFL games, catching nine passes for 124 yards.

Now, after making exciting plays in the USFL, Cain is back in the league. Since the USFL came back in 2022, there have already been several USFL to NFL stories. No story was more successful than KaVontae Turpin’s who went from being the USFL MVP in 2022, to being a Pro Bowl returner with the Dallas Cowboys. Deon Cain will be looking for similar success.