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DHB follows his heart to Indy

Darrius Heyward-Bey AP

In 2009, the two Bay Area teams took a pair of receivers three spots apart in the top 10 of the draft.  The Raiders, as they often did under the late Al Davis, opted for the faster player at No. 7 in Darrius Heyward-Bey.  The 49ers took Michael Crabtree.

While both had disappointing starts to their careers, Crabtree has emerged into one of the best receivers in the league.  Heyward-Bey steadily improved before regressing in 2012.

The Raiders have now chosen to move on, and Heyward-Bey has decided to continue his career in Indianapolis.

“At the end, I just had to follow my heart and I just felt comfortable there,” Heyward-Bey told reporters during an introductory conference call.  “I just felt comfortable.  I mean my whole life I’ve followed my heart on decisions and I’ve made tough decisions in my life before.  So in this case I kind of did the same thing.  I took the information in front of me when it came to the Colts and other things and in the end my heart told me to take it.”

Heyward-Bey explained that the decision came down to the Colts and the Lions.  We’d heard the Jets were interested, but that Heyward-Bey wasn’t.

Moving forward, Heyward-Bey can still become a highly-productive player on a special team.  “Well if you just look at the roster, you have Andrew Luck, in my opinion the best young quarterback out there,” Heyward-Bey said.  “You’ve got a veteran in Reggie Wayne.  You have a former teammate in mine in Samson [Satele] at the center.  They had some young guys make some plays out there so just being a part of something like that, I think it can be great.”

The continuity that comes from having Luck at quarterback could held Heyward-Bey reach his potential.  “You know that this guy is going to be your quarterback,” Heyward-Bey said.  “There’s no question about that.  In Oakland, there were times when we weren’t sure going into a week and we had to adjust on the fly.  Knowing that Andrew is going to be back there feels good.”

Based on the fact that Heyward-Bey had, as he rattled it off during the call, three coaches, four offensive coordinators, and seven starting quarterbacks, any player would benefit from having a more settled situation.

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38 Responses to “DHB follows his heart to Indy”
  1. mickydubbslionsfan says: Apr 2, 2013 8:43 PM

    He meant to say, “I followed my heart to the only team that offered me a contract”

  2. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 2, 2013 8:44 PM

    D oesn’t
    H andle
    B all

    Bottom-line.

    Can’t blame drops on those things DHB.

    With that goodluck, good guy, hard worker.

  3. 5150cd says: Apr 2, 2013 8:45 PM

    …Crabtree has emerged into one of the best receivers in the league

    You put “league” when you meant “49ers locker room”.

  4. nineroutsider says: Apr 2, 2013 8:47 PM

    DHB can be a good player in this league. He showed signs in Oakland and that’s a hard place for a WR to show anything. Bad players on bad teams sometimes look good on good teams. The question is are the Colts for real? They rode a wave last year, but I do think they are good. Andrew Luck is for real, DHB will look a lot better.

  5. laxcoach37 says: Apr 2, 2013 8:54 PM

    Go get em Darrius Heyward-Butterfingers. Luck is going to hate you as you kill his Completion % stats

  6. smcgaels1997 says: Apr 2, 2013 8:56 PM

    More like follow who actually offered him a contract.

  7. EJ says: Apr 2, 2013 9:01 PM

    DHB needed a better QB throwing to him to become successful. Now that he has Luck we should see a significant change in his play. Look for him to have the best season yet of his career. Having a great Receiver like Reggie Wayne lining up on his side is going to do wonders for him. Its going to be an interesting season.

  8. allforfunnplay says: Apr 2, 2013 9:02 PM

    DHB. fastest possession receiver in the league.

  9. dealer009 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:07 PM

    At $3M the Raiders are stupid for not retaining him.

  10. Land Snark says: Apr 2, 2013 9:09 PM

    Another fine article from the Floorsweeper.

  11. rayguyreturns says: Apr 2, 2013 9:10 PM

    “Crabtree has emerged into one of the best receivers in the league”
    __________________________________
    Are you referring to “Fantasy Football”?

  12. Stiller43 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:11 PM

    Crabtree one of the best receivers in the league?

    So being one of the best 40 makes you “one of the best?”

    Not saying hes terrible (or as terrible as he was early in his career), but he’s NOT one of the best in the league.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 2, 2013 9:19 PM

    At least Palmer had a major league arm. Andy Gump doesn’t.

  14. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 2, 2013 9:25 PM

    Translation: My agent told me to grab it because there wasn’t really anything else.
    Detroit? They’re ok, but who wants to live anywhere near Detroit? C ‘mon… I just left Oakland…

  15. autumnwind999 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:27 PM

    Whoa! Selling Crabtree as one of the best WRs in the league? Pump the breaks on that one, big Mike.

  16. autumnwind999 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:29 PM

    Good luck, DHB.

    I’ll be rooting for you and the Colts when the Raiders are eliminated … by Columbus Day.

  17. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 2, 2013 9:34 PM

    “At $3M the Raiders are stupid for not retaining him.”

    ++++

    He was due to make something north of $10mil.

    Honestly? At $3M he’s worth about $1.2M.

    I’ve seen the majority of his games, and the dude just isn’t very good.

  18. billysabre says: Apr 2, 2013 9:44 PM

    Nice pickup for the colts at a good price.

  19. raiderapologist says: Apr 2, 2013 9:46 PM

    dealer009 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:07 PM

    At $3M the Raiders are stupid for not retaining him.
    ————–
    Darrius Heyward-Bey had a $10.6M cap hit and was due $7.72M in salary from Oakland this year. You’re stupid for not understanding the salary cap.

  20. ronhd777 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:48 PM

    I love the floor sweeper reference, I think that one will stay. I am not a fan of Irsay, but he is a business man who deals with lawyers all the time…………….. I thought DHB did have an offer from Detroit, just not what he wanted?………….

  21. fearthehoody says: Apr 2, 2013 9:59 PM

    Drop

  22. mickydubbslionsfan says: Apr 2, 2013 10:02 PM

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/01/lions-still-on-the-lookout-for-receiver-help/

  23. war27 says: Apr 2, 2013 10:13 PM

    Why do writers forget about Maclin who many said was better then both just not a flashy player?

    So far he’s the best of the 3.

  24. ddogdaddy says: Apr 2, 2013 10:21 PM

    Low risk, high reward. DHB may not be the future but he is a huge upgrade from Avery. Being able to stretch the field with him and T.Y. Hilton will allow Reggie to have a monster year.

  25. onlyopinionthatmatters says: Apr 2, 2013 10:42 PM

    I think on the right team he has potential, I woukdnt mind him on the cowboys, as a back up to add depth, but this guy is a starter on a young team

  26. chris1019 says: Apr 2, 2013 10:46 PM

    He’ll stretch the field, problem is he’ll put the ball on the ground once it’s stretched.

  27. radrntn says: Apr 2, 2013 10:48 PM

    have to make me laugh…a one year deal…thats really a more settled situation…bottom line the raiders had 11 million reasons to let this guy walk, and indy had 1.5 million reasons to sign him…don’t get me wrong , I wish DHB the best, but a one year deal is a one year deal.

  28. kgun80 says: Apr 2, 2013 11:06 PM

    Good signing. I think the guy can have an impact. Even if the guy drops some here and there teams still have to respect his speed on the outside. Luck definitely has the arm to get it to him so well see how it works out

  29. cglacius says: Apr 2, 2013 11:13 PM

    Another one of the late Al Davis’ dream picks….all speed but no hands and can’t run a route to save his life.

  30. almanak209 says: Apr 2, 2013 11:25 PM

    Luck the best young QB in the game? DHB is smoking some serious ish. Luck wasn’t even the best QB in last years draft class. Would have been a better fit in the Det O.

  31. hendeeze says: Apr 3, 2013 12:07 AM

    Look at all the bitter Raider fans crying about Crabtree. Face it, DHB was just 1 in a long list of 1st round mistakes Oakland has made. No need to take it out on Crabtree.

  32. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 3, 2013 12:24 AM

    Lions fans are salty over DHB, dont feel spurned, detriot is kinda raggedy

  33. laserrocketarm12 says: Apr 3, 2013 1:36 AM

    Luck IS the best young QB in the game.
    He will be the very best within three years.
    DHB will be named to a few Pro Bowls with Indy.

    I am not trolling.

  34. torturedraiderfan says: Apr 3, 2013 7:12 AM

    Yeah. He followed his heart. The same heart that told him he’d be a good fit in Detroit just before he was scheduled to visit the Lions. Nice going stone hands.

  35. papacrick says: Apr 3, 2013 8:28 AM

    Luck is a scrub. Good luck with that talent-less group. Coulda balled out with Stafford and Megatron

  36. dougydougdoug says: Apr 3, 2013 11:26 AM

    The guy is smart to leave. As bad (and I mean REALLY bad) as Carson Palmer was, the ’13 QB situation is dire. They made their “big” move to get Flynn, and he’s all set to compete with another bench warmer. Seriously? Flynn was SO bad, that he never had the starting role in Seattle, even before Wilson was on their radar.

    You “nation” guys can ramble on about “big reg” and the new regime, but never forget that they’re still owned by the Davis offspring. And those chumps place little stock in developing real quarterbacks – nor ending the season with a winning record.

  37. andylucksneck says: Apr 3, 2013 2:20 PM

    DHB isn’t a better option than Randy Moss right now. If Irsay had half a brain he would have gone after an old Moss than a HORRIBLE DHB. If Luck were the best QB he would have won OROTY. Obviously only colt fans think Luck is the best out of last year’s draft class. 6-10 book it indy.

    HTTR!!!!!!

  38. andylucksneck says: Apr 3, 2013 2:21 PM

    Laserrocketarm is peytonsneck’s pen name.

    HTTR!!!!!!!

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