T.Y. Hilton Rumors: Packers and Dolphins Linked to Colts' Free-Agent WR

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIMarch 14, 2021

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) waves to fans in the stands before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)
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Longtime Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton could be on the move during this free-agency period, with the Green Bay Packers and the Miami Dolphins "in play" for the four-time Pro Bowler, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler.

Hilton, a third-round pick by the Colts out of FIU in 2012, collected 762 yards and five touchdowns on 56 passes in 2020. 

ESPN's Bill Barnwell previously predicted Hilton would sign with the Dolphins, a move that would make sense for the 31-year-old, who is from the Miami area and attended college in his home state (h/t Kevin Hickey of ColtsWire).

With the Dolphins, he would provide veteran leadership on the other side of the balls tossed by a young quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa and boost an offense that posted 233.5 passing yards per game in 2020.

The Packers are set with their top wide receiver in Davante Adams, but Hilton would certainly be a welcome addition to a group that was in the upper echelon of passing offense in 2020. The Packers ranked ninth in the league with an average of 256.6 yards in the air per game. 

Hilton told The Athletic last May that he's looking to sign the final deal of his NFL career, though he said at the time he wanted to remain with the Colts. That was before the 2020 campaign and the team's trade for Carson Wentz amid the retirement of Philip Rivers, so his mind may have changed about what he's looking for from this free-agency period.