It was rumored the Indianapolis Colts were going to get former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey. Colts owner Jim Irsay has been hinting the last couple of weeks about bringing a prized receiver to Indianapolis to make up for the absence of Donnie Avery as he signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Colts had a couple of deals in place but all fell through. That’s where Heyward-Bey came into the picture.
I can confirm he was in town on Monday and at the Colts complex. The two sides were trying to work out a deal. It’s looking though as nothing was agreed upon and now the young receiver is likely heading to Detroit on Wednesday to meet with the Lions.
Heyward-Bey has been in the NFL four seasons with his best year coming in 2011, where he had 975 yards on 64 receptions and four touchdowns. All were career highs.
He’s yet to plan a whole 16 game season as he’s missed one game the last three years and missed five games in his rookie season in 2009.
He has a career 2,071 yards, 11 touchdown and 140 catches.
The Colts were hoping to bring him in as an upgrade to Avery. As much as that would be I don’t think Heyward-Bey is the long-term solution for this team. He would likely only get a one or two year deal and leave town after. It would have been a tad intriguing to see him catch passes from Andrew Luck and give the second year quarterback a speedy bigger outside target, but the money and upside wouldn’t be that great compared to what they could get.
I suspect with him walking out the door and heading to Detroit that he won’t be back. It looks like the Colts are going to have to keep searching for that starting No. 2 receiver.