With Indianapolis Colts training camp underway at Anderson University, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has been showing, once again, just how good and how valuable he is to the team. The wideout has been one of the early stars of camp and has given even more reason to think he will build on an impressive Pro Bowl season in 2014.
Hilton's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was on hand at the Colts' practice on Tuesday, and it was yet another indication that contract talks between the receiver's camp and the Colts are ongoing. That's the reason, in fact, for Rosenhaus' trip to Anderson.
Colts owner Jim Irsay had previously told ESPN that he doesn't see why extensions for Hilton and left tackle Anthony Castonzo couldn't get done before Labor Day, and Rosenhaus agreed with that sentiment. "That’s a good time frame,’’ he told members of the media during Tuesday's practice, as FOX59's Mike Chappell recorded.
"It’s one of those things where we’ve made some progress and we’re working hard at it," the agent continued. "What the time frame is... all we can do is give it our best effort, which both sides are doing."
Once again, we don't have a deadline for a new deal, but it's continuing to sound more and more likely that an extension will be reached before the start of the regular season for the Colts' star wideout. And Rosenhaus acknowledged that both sides want to get the deal done.
"It’s a great process,’’ he said. "We’ve had really productive conversations with the team. There’s mutual motivation. T.Y. loves it here. He wants to be here. He’s a guy that would like to spend the rest of his career with the Colts. He’s very happy and they want him here, so we’ll continue to work at it.’’
Rosenhaus, who acknowledged that over the past decade he has finalized 74 contract extensions, said that Hilton is leaving the contract talks up to him. While Rosenhaus negotiates, Hilton practices. The reason? Hilton is"focused on winning a Super Bowl," Rosenhaus said. "He’s going to let me handle these negotiations and he’s going to go out there and do his part.’’
So far through his first three seasons in the NFL and through the first three days of training camp, Hilton has certainly been doing his part. He's been doing it so well, in fact, that it sounds likely that he's going to soon be signing a long-term contract extension to remain in Indianapolis with quarterback Andrew Luck as they seek their first Super Bowl ring.