Looking ahead to next offseason for the Colts, there will be several key situations to keep an eye on, many of them pertaining to contracts. Of course, the one that everyone is aware of is the looming mega-deal for quarterback Andrew Luck, but his top target is entering the final year of his contract and is also looking for a new deal.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is a player who the Colts would like to bring back, but they haven't reached a new deal yet. Owner Jim Irsay said last week that he was "optimistic" about a new deal for the wideout and hoped to get something done "sooner rather than later."
Hilton, who is putting on a football camp for kids in and around Indianapolis, told the Indianapolis Star's Blake Schuster that, "if they want to pay me, they'll pay me. It takes both sides to come to an agreement. I leave that up to my agent and just go out there and have fun."
The Star's Stephen Holder mentioned that, despite not holding out or skipping workouts, Hilton "wants to get paid." The fact that he hasn't resorted to holding out is an indication of a team player, but he certainly deserves to be paid and deserves to be a member of the Colts for years to come. His teammate, tight end Dwayne Allen, agrees, as he told Schuster that, "we love to say whenever we win we all eat. T.Y. is a guy who provides a lot of offense so that we can do a lot of winning. It'll be good to see him get rewarded for his efforts."
Through three seasons with the Colts, Hilton has played in 46 games (26 starts) and has caught 214 passes for 3,289 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 15.4 yards per reception. Including playoffs, he has recorded 250 receptions for 3,893 yards and 21 scores. He earned his first career Pro Bowl berth in 2014 for his efforts and was one of the top receivers in the league. He has gotten off to a tremendous start to his career and is Andrew Luck's favorite target, and for much of the past two years he has been the only consistent threat at the wide receiver position that the Colts have had. He certainly deserves a contract extension, and it's one that he's likely to get soon enough as well.