Colts To Re-Sign T.Y. Hilton

T.Y. Hilton isn’t going anywhere. The Colts legend will be returning to Indianapolis on a new deal, his agents the Katz Bros tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).

It’ll be a one-year deal for the veteran receiver worth $10MM with $8MM guaranteed, Adam Schefter of tweets. It’s a nice payday for a player on the back half of his career. Hilton has been with the Colts ever since they drafted him back in 2012, but this offseason for the first time it looked like a divorce was possible. Both sides had insisted they would like a reunion, but we heard right before free agency opened that there had been little progress on talks and Hilton would test the market.

Another team is believed to have submitted Hilton a stronger offer, according to The Athletic’s Stephen Holder (on Twitter). But the 31-year-old wideout opted to stay in Indianapolis. The Chiefs were not the team that offered more to Hilton, per Holder.

Owner Jim Irsay had said back in January he’d want to see the franchise icon return if the financials could be worked out. Hilton had been one of the top receivers left on the market. The wideout market in general has been heating up recently, with big names like Hilton, Kenny Golladay, and Will Fuller all signing over the past week. Teams like the Ravens looking to add a veteran pass-catcher are running out of top options.

He was still dominant as recently as 2018, when he put up 1,270 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games. Injuries limited him to ten contests in 2019, but he bounced back with a healthy 2020.

He wasn’t a true number one option as Indy had a lot of mouths to feed in a diverse offense, but he developed a rapport with Philip Rivers down the stretch and finished with a solid 56 catches for 762 yards and five scores in 15 games.

Hilton made four straight Pro Bowls from 2014-17, and although he’ll turn 32 this season, showed last year he’s still got something left in the tank. He’ll be catching passes from his fourth quarterback in as many years in 2021, this time from Carson Wentz.

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17 comments on “Colts To Re-Sign T.Y. Hilton

  1. mcmillankmm

    Legend? Is that how most Colts fans see this guy? There are some prior Colts who I would certainly call legends, and this guy would not be in the same conversation.

      • mcmillankmm

        Thanks sports fan, I asked what Colt fans think. I think it’s fair to assume though that most Colts fans would put Marvin, Wayne, Peyton, Edge, and Dallas Clark ahead of TY on the Colts legend list. I’m assuming you are familiar with some of those names?

        • chorn47

          the first 4 are already in the hof so clearly not on their level, but certainly more impactful than Dallas Clark

    • jasonpen

      Once he gets his 10,000 yards this season, The Colts will be the only franchise in NFL history to have three receivers with more than 10,000 yards.

    • sportsfreak52

      I feel sorry for your team and players- if you don’t think T.Y. is a legend in Indiana you must be brain dead when it comes to being a true football fan!
      What an idiot!

  2. HOF19

    And from what I understand they still had Sammy Watkins come in even tho they allready signed Hilton …….They gonna sign Watkins too ?????

    • jasonpen

      I guess TY turned down a significantly larger offer from another team. In a text message to Pat MacAfee from TY it was “ALOT of money”… The Colts are building something and TY wants to be part of it. Bring on Sammy Watkins!!

    • Simmons>Russ

      I’d rather they got Kenny Stills, similar skill set but Stills is a lot cheaper. Watkins probably will get 5mil and Stills more like 2mil

      Colts need to add a couple cheap vets on 1 year deals

  3. Dorothy_Mantooth

    I would preferred New England signing TY over Nelson Agholor for sure!

  4. crosseyedlemon

    Unlike some GMs, Chris Ballard actually seems to have a plan for moving forward. Wish the Bears could somehow lure him away from Indy.

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