The Colts have some major question marks behind T.Y. Hilton in their receiving corps heading into the 2018 season. General manager Chris Ballard had plenty of cap space to go after some of the big name free agent receivers this offseason, but he chose to select a couple of wideouts late in the draft and pick up some potentially underrated free agents to fill out the wide receiver depth chart.
The Colts are hoping they’ve found a free agent bargain in Ryan Grant.
Grant initially agreed to a four-year, $29 million contract with the Ravens, but they failed his physical to void the deal after their fanbase reacted negatively towards a contract that they thought was an overpay. Baltimore failed Grant’s physical due to an ankle injury, which was cleared by an independent doctor the next day and cleared the way for Indianapolis to sign him to a one-year, $5 million deal.
Grant is coming off the best season of his career where he caught 45 passes for 573 yards and 4 touchdowns during the final year of his rookie contract in Washington. Grant doesn’t have great size at 6’, and he doesn’t blow you away with speed as he ran a 4.64 40-yard dash coming out of Tulane in 2014. However, he is a very solid possession receiver who should be a reliable target for Andrew Luck on underneath routes while T.Y. Hilton and Deon Cain stretch the defense vertically.
It’s difficult to determine whether Grant has a future in Indianapolis because we haven’t seen him play in a Colts uniform. In order for him to earn a contract extension he needs to outperform Indianapolis’ rookie wide receivers as well as Chester Rogers, who is also entering a contract year.