You can count on roughly a hand on the off-season signings that Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard made with the involvement of players outside the organization.
Ballard has done a great job of keeping people like TY Hilton, Xavier Rhodes, Al-Quadin Muhammad and Joey Hunt in the free agency while adding depth to outsiders like Chris Reed, Sam Tevi, Julie’n Davenport and Sean Davis added.
However, an NFL analyst was on the re-signing of Hilton, saying it was the Colts’ worst off-season signing.
The Indianapolis Colts may have made a big decision with their heart rather than their mind.
TY Hilton has been a staple in Indy since joining the league as a third-round draft pick in 2012. He eventually met the free agency for the first time in his career, but did so at a difficult time as it was a recipient market and the falling salary cap.
While the Colts didn’t have to secure the Brink’s truck to pay Hilton, they provided $ 8 million to keep him close for at least another season. It’s a high cost for a 31-year-old wideout whose production was halted after crossing the 1,000-yard mark in five of six seasons between 2013 and 2018.
This deal appears to be a reward for the contributions Hilton has made to the franchise as he only stands behind legends Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison for having made a career with the Colts. After all, he only caught 56 passes for 762 yards and five touchdowns last year.
The Colts will start another new quarterback in the upcoming campaign because of Philip Rivers’ resignation, and Hilton certainly won’t affect the transition. But coughing up that much money for an aging veterinarian – the same amount that JuJu Smith-Schuster received for staying with the Pittsburgh Steelers – isn’t the best financial decision.
There’s a lot to unpack here from Alex Kay from Bleacher Report.
For starters, we need to stop acting like the Colts broke the bank here with Hilton. Eight million for one recipient, Hilton’s caliber – regardless of a drop in his game – is an absolute bargain.
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If you put the tape in, you will still see a productive, groundbreaking receiver in Hilton, especially in the red zone.
Its production had declined earlier last year due to the defenses that often double-covered it, leading Frank Reich and the Colts to use it as a decoy and drive it deep and Phillip Rivers opened up things underneath to claim.
The fact that they are starting the 2021 season with a new quarterback should have played an important role in keeping Hilton through the Colts, given his familiarity with the system as well as Carson Wentz’s desire to throw balls at him.
Choosing Hilton as the worst off-season sign is a little fishy for Kay. Choosing Davenport or Tevi would have made more sense considering the Colts still have a gaping hole on the left.
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