Free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has agreed to a one year contract with the Indianapolis Colts, first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but details will be emerging soon.
For the Colts, assuming they were able to pick him up on the cheap, they get a young and still-raw talent in Heyward-Bey. With tons of speed and the size to be a true threat at the position, he has plenty of time ahead of him to do so.
Quarterback Andrew Luck should be excited about the move. Heyward-Bey never had solid and consistent quarterback play with the Oakland Raiders, having dealt with guys like Jason Campbell and Carson Palmer who have already reached their potential and may even be on the way down from their prime. It will be interesting to see what Luck can make of the young receiver.
Alongside a Pro Bowl stud like Reggie Wayne, Heyward-Bey could end up developing into a dependable No. 2 receiver. With coaching from Wayne and the guidance of Luck, I would not put it past him to catch anywhere from eight to 12 touchdowns next year.
For Heyward-Bey, this is a chance to prove he really does have what it takes to succeed at the NFL level. In his four-year career, he has caught 140 passes for 2,071 yards and 11 touchdowns. At only 26-years old, he has a great opportunity ahead of him to improve those numbers significantly.
What’s left for the Colts this off season is to maybe find a premier running back to pair with Luck, Wayne, and Heyward-Bey. At this point, they have been fine going with Donald Brown, Delone Carter and Vick Ballard, but it may be time to find a true No. 1 back.
There is no question the Colts have the ability to put points on the board next season if they can find a legitimate threat in the backfield. For the moment, it will be all about getting Heyward-Bey acquainted and set expectations for him to break out in 2013.