Darrius Heyward-Bey leaves Indy without a contract


It’s on to Detroit for wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Heyward-Bey visited the Colts on Tuesday, but Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star writes that no one should expect a tweet about a signing from owner Jim Irsay. It seems the prospect of letting him talk to the Lions wasn’t enough for the Colts to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse. There’s no indication as to the Colts’ possible interest, but they’ve been pretty good at getting their man so far this offseason so we’re guessing Heyward-Bey isn’t their guy.

The question, then, is who will be their third receiver to go with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. Wilson rattles off a list of the biggest names currently on the market — Brandon Lloyd, Randy Moss, Laurent Robinson, Mohamad Massaquoi — and mostly finds flaws with each one, although there’s no suggestion he’s sharing anything more than his personal opinion of the players.

If that matches the Colts’ feelings, it may be up to LaVon Brazill to step up in his second year. He had 11 catches as a rookie in 2012, but should be in position to challenge for more playing time even if Indy does make another veteran addition to the receiving corps.

13 responses to “Darrius Heyward-Bey leaves Indy without a contract

  1. Probably for the best. Brazill has speed to be an outside threat and looked good last year in limited action. Plus, the Colts will get Luck’s buddy Griff Whalen back and are expecting big things from him and there’s always the draft to add another young guy to the mix. No need to overpay for a guy who has likely already reached his peak in Heyward-Bey.

  2. Come back to Oakland.

    But take a reasonable salary.

    Who believes in you more that a team that used a 7th overall selection on you.

    I always heard interviews with DHB about how he appreciated the Raiders taking him SO HIGH and that he would Work and Work to prove the selection was right.

    Instead he is looking for another Pay Day! (Which I understand we all need to make the most of our position in life)

    But if it’s within $1 million bucks……..

    Come back to Oakland and prove your appreciation after getting paid the last few years like a Top Ten pick?

  3. Hmm… a speed guy who can open things up for guys underneath and doesn’t have to be the #1 (or #2 for that matter)…
    Daaaa Bears!
    Marshall, Jeffery and Martellus Bennett (and Forte out of the backfield) go bananas with a guy like that stretching defenses.

  4. Heyward-Bey is essentially just another body at the receiver position.
    Nobody is going to jump through hoops to sign him. He’s not anyone’s missing piece.

  5. Oh man DHB in the same offense as Megatron, Stafford and Bush? Add in an OT with the #5 pick and the Lions offense suddenly looks pretty dangerous.

  6. I don’t understand why we don’t pull the trigger here. The guy is physically everything you want in a receiver and I think the Colts offense would be easy for him to thrive in with Wayne, Fleener, and Allen around him and of course the shortening of the passes in our offense.

    I can’t believe we had 16 million for Walden but not a penny for DHB who is a far more intriguing prospect in my opinion.

  7. I saw Brazil play in the MAC championship game his last year at Ohio. He’s got some skill. I don’t know if he’ll be a star, but a solid player? I think he could be.

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