T.Y. Hilton confirms Ravens made “a great push” to sign him

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At 1:13 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, T.Y. Hilton sent out a tweet with several sets of eye emojis. It was the kind of social media post that happens during free agency, often when something worth paying attention to is about to go down.

There were some scattered reports that before agreeing to a one-year deal with the Colts, the Ravens made a strong push to sign Hilton. On Thursday’s episode of The Pat McAfee Show, Hilton told his former teammate that’s exactly what those emojis meant.

“I was almost gone,” Hilton said.

But Hilton noted earlier this month that the Colts wanted a chance to match any offer he received on the open market. Apparently Hilton connected with Indianapolis to make that happen, because at 2:51 p.m. he tweeted his confirmation that he was staying with the team that drafted him.

“I’d been talking to [the Ravens] the whole time,” Hilton said. “They came in and made a great push at the end. They wanted to get it done.”

But in the end, Baltimore did not. Hilton instead will make $8 million guaranteed with a possible $2 million in incentives in 2021.

For the Ravens, improving their passing game remains a work in progress after finishing last in the league in both attempts and yards. General Manager Eric DeCosta said before free agency he wasn’t concerned about attracting receivers to the franchise.

But even though they’ve made strong pitches, the Ravens were unable to pry Hilton and JuJu Smith-Schuster away from their respective teams. Sammy Watkins has also visited with the franchise and left without a deal.

15 responses to “T.Y. Hilton confirms Ravens made “a great push” to sign him

  1. Great move on his part. Trying to catch Carson Wentz’s overthrows beats trying to catch Lamar Jackson’s passes to your feet any day.

  2. The fact that the Ravens have had talks with Juju, TY, and Watkins proves that they won’t have a problem attracting receivers. The Ravens have never been a team to throw a boatload of money at free agents, so it shouldn’t be surprising that all three left Baltimore without a deal. Whenever the window for calculating compensatory picks closes, is when the Ravens will sign a receiver.

  3. In other words, he used them to get a raise and was desperately hoping they’d match the offer because he didn’t want to play with Lamar “one-read” Jackson.

  4. Easy way to improve the Ravens passing game? Put any other qb in the league as the starter. Instant upgrade.

  5. lewansfingermoustache says:
    March 25, 2021 at 2:55 pm
    Easy way to improve the Ravens passing game? Put any other qb in the league as the starter. Instant upgrade.

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    Why the hell would the Ravens get rid of their former MVP QB who is 30-7 as a starter ? You don’t know football if you think they’d get rid of him for “any other qb in the league.” If they cut Lamar tomorrow, there’d be at least 20 teams trying sign him right away.

  6. With the wr’s trying to make a name for themselves(their brand) who would ever want to go block in baltimore….nobody there to throw to um…

  7. the comments on PFT can be so vapid. Lamar Jackson is by every empirical measure one of the top tier stars of this league. He also threw the most passing TDs in the league in 2019, so can we please stop the lame and lazy narrative that he can’t throw? My advice to the haters is to actually watch a few Ravens games.

  8. Chillwinston and 2020iswild: you guys clearly miss the point with Lamar. But then again, so do all Ravens fans and the NFL media.
    It’s not about Lamar’s stats as a passer, which are quite poor despite throwing for a number of TDs and a decent completion route. Total yards are awful and he cannot reliably deliver the ball outside the hashes or down the field. His TDs and completion rates benefit tremendously when defenses sell out to stop the run and he hits Mark Andrews or another TE on a wide-open 5-7 yd slant or stick route.
    The problem with a running back playing QB is that you can’t win in the playoffs. Just watch his playoff performances when defenses crank it up. He’s terrible. There is no denying that, and we have a large enough sample size at this point. He turns it over, makes bad reads, and gives the Ravens no chance to win multiple playoff games or a Super Bowl. Which is why you actually play the game. And that is the point you are missing.

  9. The Ravens aren’t as hot of a commodity landing spot as they think.

    Hilarious to watch.

  10. chillwinston says:
    March 25, 2021 at 3:17 pm
    the comments on PFT can be so vapid. Lamar Jackson is by every empirical measure one of the top tier stars of this league. He also threw the most passing TDs in the league in 2019, so can we please stop the lame and lazy narrative that he can’t throw? My advice to the haters is to actually watch a few Ravens games.

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    Mike Vick, Tebow, etc, all once had a flash season, too, as did Cam Newton, and they slowly regress.

    Jackson is out of plays. The jug is up.

    A weakened, rebuilding Pats team slapped him silly last year for crying out loud.

    He’a done and your franchise will be soon when they overpay him up along Joshy Alllen in Buffalo.

  11. I think it is proven you can’t win a Super Bowl with a great running QB but one who couldn’t throw a football in a lake if he was standing in it. Best chance to for Baltimore to get a WR is thru the draft. No wr is going to sign a 1 year deal in order to get a better contract the following year is going to play for them.

  12. If they cut Lamar tomorrow, there’d be at least 20 teams trying sign him right away.

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    I don’t know, a lot of teams don’t value the running back position like they use to

  13. As a Ravens fan, and a fan of Lamar’s, I have to admit that I cannot argue with anyone when it comes to their criticism of Lamar.
    The one thing I will say, that most people leave out of their criticism is that Ravens are trying to use his strengths right now as the primary focus of the offense, which is his otherworldly running ability. But this is the season they HAVE to increase the number of passing plays. It is his last season under his rookie contract and Lamar needs to prove he can carry the offense with his arm. But who is he going to throw to? No one wants seems to want to be here. And that is on the Ravens as much as it is Lamar. We’ll see soon enough.

  14. The Ravens are helping players drive up their price against their own teams. I’m not a Ravens fan at all but I know a bidding scam when I see one and that’s what the Ravens look like they’re doing. Both teams that have “won” their bidding wars are AFC playoff steams and both players are no where near as good as the contracts they were given to go back to their teams. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they tried to negotiate with Rashard Higgins as well.

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