Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been hinting for the past week that his team was very close to signing a wide receiver, but nothing ever came from his little teaser to the fans. Now, it’s unclear if this was the receiver that he was talking about, but the team is set to host free agent wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey as early as today.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter passed along the news on Monday morning.
Maybe this is @jimirsay‘s WR … Former Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to visit Colts as early as today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2013
Heyward-Bey would join an already speedy receiving corp with T.Y. Hilton and Lavon Brazill. The team lost Donnie Avery in free agency this season, so Heyward-Bey could potentially fit into that role.
The former No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft has never lived up to his draft position, but a change of scenery could be exactly what he needs.
There was no question that Heyward-Bey was grossly overdrafted by the Raiders because of his 40-yard dash time, but he still has potential to be a very good receiver. At only 26-years-old, Heyward-Bey could watch his play rise with Andrew Luck if he were to sign in Indianapolis. There is no doubt Luck would be the best quarterback to ever throw a pass to Heyward-Bey during his NFL career.
Last season with the struggling Raiders, Heyward-Bey caught 41 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns.