A week after it seemed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was out of the picture, he agreed to join the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced late Monday night. The Colts confirmed they had agreed to terms on a contract with the former Oakland Raiders wide receiver in a story posted to the team’s web site. The team didn’t announce financial terms, but USA Today cited an anonymous source who had reviewed the contract, reportedly a one-year deal for a maximum of $3 million, $1.5 million guaranteed. “We feel great about acquiring a talented player in Darrius Heyward-Bey,” general manager Ryan Grigson said in the Colts.com story. “He’s big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch. He’s got elite finishing speed that’s as good as there is in the NFL. “With this staff, this team and overall culture we’re building here in Indy, we felt strongly that he was the right player and person at the wide receiver position for us moving forward.” The receiver had visited the team a week ago, then took a trip to Detroit to talk to the Lions. Known for his 4.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Heyward-Bey is thought to be a replacement for Donnie Avery, who was the team’s No. 2 receiver a year ago but did not receive another contract and signed as a free agent with Kansas City. Heyward-Bey, at 6-2 and 216 pounds, has 140 receptions for 2,071 yards and 11 touchdowns since his first-round selection with the seventh overall pick in 2009. The 26-year-old pass catcher led the Raiders in receptions and receiving yards during his time in Oakland, with his best season in 2011, when he caught 64 passes for 975 yards with four TDs. He had three 100-yard receiving games that season, including a career-best 155 yards against Detroit.
Colts agree to terms with receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey
Indianapolis Star | Apr 2