You Can Scratch Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey From Colts Owner Jim Irsay's Free Agent Love List

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday, Jim Irsay told the media that the Colts were not after Giants receiver Victor Cruz. Today, we have word that Raiders wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey is off the list.

Yesterday, Jim Irsay told the media that the Colts were not after Giants receiver Victor Cruz. Today, we have word that Indianapolis is (thankfully) not interested in Raiders wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey.

A source "with knowledge of the situation" told Mike Florio and ProFootballTalk.com that Heyward-Bey is not on Indianapolis's radar. It's the New York Jets who do have interest.

Heyward-Bey will forever be known as one of many draft prospects the Raiders reached on. Heyward-Bey was drafted No. 7 overall in 2009, ahead of DT B.J. Raji, OLB Brian Orakpo, and WR Jeremy Maclin.

I remember once asking former Cowboys general manager and current SIRIUS-XM radio host Gil Brandt about Davis reaching for Heyward-Bey back when I covered the Super Bowl in 2010. Brandt was friends with late-owner Al Davis, and he told me, "You can't teach speed" after I asked him why Davis wasted a top ten pick on the Maryland prospect.

The Raiders cut Heyward-Bey last week after four seasons, 140 catches, 2,072 yards, and 11 TDs. That averages out to about 35 receptions, 518 yards, and 2.75 touchdowns a season. For a top ten pick, that's pretty awful.

It's true that you can't teach speed, but if "speed" cannot "catch the football," then "speed" gets cut, no matter how fast he clocks in the 40-yard dash.

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