With the Indianapolis Colts preparing for their Week 1 opener against the Houston Texans, the front office could still be looking to make a move or two. At this point in time, the team looks solid on both sides of the ball. However, adding another weapon like veteran free agent wide receiver T.Y. Hilton could make a lot of sense.
It’s hard to believe that Hilton is still a free agent at this point in the offseason. His recent injury history is likely a big part of the reason, but the Colts should not shy away from bringing him back.
Currently, Matt Ryan and company will be depending on a lot of young wide receivers to produce. Outside of Michael Pittman Jr., the Colts’ best wide receiver options are rookie Alec Pierce and youngsters Parris Campbell, Michael Strachan, and Ashton Dulin. Bringing back Hilton would give them another known option.
According to one source with knowledge of the situation, the Colts have had recent discussions about re-signing Hilton with the regular season closing in.
Last year with the Colts, Hilton ended up playing in just 10 games. He caught 23 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns. Obviously, that was not great production, but his injuries held him back.
Hilton can still provide some kind of dynamic for an offense. The Colts should not sign him to be a huge part of their offense, but he can play a role. With a quarterback like Ryan, Hilton’s skill-set could come into play much more than it did last season with Carson Wentz.
There are other teams around the NFL that could use a veteran receiver like Hilton. Among those teams are the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens. If the Colts come calling though, there is no doubt that Hilton would like to remain in Indianapolis, where he has played his entire career thus far.
Expect to hear some news about T.Y. Hilton in the next week or two. The Colts may not end up signing him, but they are certainly considering the option.