Where Might Colts Receiver TY Hilton Land This Offseason?
By: Trenton Roberts (Twitter: @TRobertsNFL)
For the first time in his nine-year NFL career, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver TY Hilton might hit the open market.
At 31 years of age, he isn’t exactly a bright young star at the position, but he has been a consistent presence for Indy throughout his career, even leading the league in receiving yards in 2016. However, ever since the Andrew Luck saga ended, he hasn’t quite been the same dominant force he once was.
Even so, teams should definitely be looking at Hilton this offseason, as his veteran presence would be perfect for a team in need of a mentor for a young talent.
While it still remains highly likely that Hilton will resign with Indianapolis, let’s take a look at three potential landing spots for the veteran speedster.
Green Bay Packers
Davante Adams is an amazing receiver.
Davante Adams needs help.
Both statements hold very true, and when the Packers decided to take rookie quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 draft, fans were outraged that the team wasn’t doing more to help their long-time star signal caller Aaron Rodgers.
Despite this, Rodgers went on to have one of his best campaigns ever, culminating in an NFL MVP award. Still, he needs help.
TY Hilton would go a long way to pushing the Packers closer to the big dance, as his experience and big play ability perfectly compliment Adams in that receiving room. As mentioned above, Hilton is on the older side of receivers at 31, so should he choose to chase a ring outside of Indy, the Packers would be a match made in heaven.
Las Vegas Raiders
Henry Ruggs was a major disappointment in 2020.
After being drafted 12th overall, over fellow top prospects CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy, he went on to amass just 26 catches for 452 yards and a pair of scores on the season.
Enter TY Hilton, one of the best speed receivers of the decade.
Hilton would be a perfect mentor for Ruggs to develop, passing on his knowledge and skills to the young threat and potentially breathing life back into the former Alabama star’s career.
While this may not be the best destination for him to chase a ring, such as he would with the Packers, he would be a great fit for the organization, helping them to develop their young wideout group and giving them a solid lead option for relatively cheap.
New England Patriots
This one may hurt Colts fans, as the team has a well-known hatred for the Patriots. However, this spot would be very interesting for many reasons.
The 2020 Patriots were abysmal in the passing game, with starter Cam Newton throwing for just eight scores on the year (three of which came in the final game of the season).
Despite this horrendous showing, the team still managed to finish 7-9, which is a testament to their defense and arguably the greatest coach of all time in Bill Belicheck.
If the team can find a better option under center for 2021, the team could very well push itself back into the postseason, and Hilton would help the team do so.
Pairing up with Julian Edelman and up-and-comer Jakobi Meyers, Hilton would fit seamlessly as the team’s deep threat, while also providing a veteran presence to a younger team.
Thought Hilton is all but certain to return to the Colts for the 2021 season, there are teams out there that could use his services. Should he make his way out of Indy this offseason, keep an eye on these three teams to be heavily invested in the market for the speedy veteran.