Colts are giving TY Hilton a 1-year, $10 million deal, including $8 million guaranteed, per the Katz Bros. https://t.co/llyeSze078— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2021
Despite a colder free agent market for wide receivers, Hilton did fairly well on his latest contract—having hit free agency for the first time in his 9-year career.
Now age 31 years old, Hilton may no longer be the bonafide ‘alpha dog’ of the Colts wide receiver corps, but he can still be a complementary piece, proven deep threat, and veteran leader going forward in their receiver room.
He’s coming off a productive season for the Colts in which he caught 56 receptions for 762 receiving yards (13.6 ypr. avg.) and 5 touchdown receptions—as he caught fire down the stretch with all five of his receiving touchdowns in the team’s final six games.
He should benefit from new Colts quarterback Carson Wentz’s stronger arm behind center, who has historically excelled playing with stretch-the-field types like ‘The Ghost’:
T.Y. Hilton on 20+ yards throws since 2012:— PFF (@PFF) March 13, 2021
94 catches (2nd)
3,411 yards (2nd)
Hilton ranks as WR8 and No.39 overall in PFF’s free-agent rankings pic.twitter.com/68EwDNwZzy
The recent #BringTYHome campaign has now reached its successful conclusion:
One thing i kno about this city. Is that they love me. And i love them. I listen to all the songs. I read all the tweets. I will cherish this forever . It’s only right i finish what i started. #TYISHOME pic.twitter.com/PEfV5YoHIa— TY Hilton (@TYHilton13) March 24, 2021
As such, the Colts will be retaining an all-time franchise wideout great who ranks 3rd in receiving yards (9,360), 4th in receptions (608), and 4th (tied) in receiving touchdowns (50) in the Horseshoe’s illustrious team history.
Still, this re-signing isn’t all about sentiment and past production, as Hilton has gas left in the tank to help the Colts offensively in their collective goal of winning a Super Bowl championship.