The Indianapolis Colts and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $65 million (with $39 million guaranteed) earlier today, and it has been the biggest story of the day for the Colts as it's good news for the Colts, for Hilton, and for fans.
Shortly after signing the extension, Hilton met with the media at Anderson University today and expressed how happy he was about the deal. "I want to thank Mr. (Jim) Irsay and (Ryan) Grigson for letting me be a part of this organization for many years to come," Hilton said. "I love being here. This is a dream come true."
When the Colts and Hilton agreed to a contract extension earlier this morning, the first person that Hilton called was his wife, Shantrell, and his kids. He wanted to, in his words, "tell them thank you for everything that you have done for me." His wife began crying out of happiness, as Hilton said it has been an emotional time for them recently (he missed practice a few days ago for personal reasons but wouldn't go into what those reasons were).
There were times when it appeared an extension wouldn't get done, and there was some serious doubts at points. But ultimately, Hilton's side and the Colts both were committed enough to getting a deal done and they both wanted the same thing: for Hilton to remain a Colt long-term. That was the driving force behind a deal getting done, something that happened this morning. "It takes two," Hilton said. "They showed interest that they wanted me and I also wanted to be here. There is no place that I would rather be is here. This organization is great and I love being here."
Hilton doesn't feel any added pressure with his new deal and he doesn't feel that the extension means he can stop getting better, as he's committed to going out there to practice every day and continuing to improve. He's had a terrific start to his career and should continue to get even better. Playing with quarterback Andrew Luck long-term, the duo could continue to be one of the best in the league.
"We can be very, very special," Hilton said. "Our chemistry is continuing to grow, continuing to get better and right now we are looking real good. I think we are be a force to be reckoned with."