T.Y. Hilton is someone NOLA Saints should avoid in free agency

Leigh Oleszczak
T.Y. Hilton (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
T.Y. Hilton (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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The NOLA Saints need to recharge at the wide receiver position this offseason and unfortunately for them, the free-agent wide receiver market isn’t great. One of the more well-known names slated to hit free agency is Colts receiver, T.Y. Hilton, who New Orleans should steer clear of.

Hilton has spent the entirety of his 10-year career in Indianapolis with the Colts and was once one of the best receivers in the league. Back in 2016, he racked up 1,448 yards and opposing defenses feared having to cover him.

Fast forward to present day and Hilton isn’t that guy anymore. The 32-year-old hasn’t played in a full regular season since 2017 and he’s just not the same impact player he once was. This is one of many reasons why New Orleans should avoid signing Hilton in free agency despite their desperate need for receivers.

T.Y. Hilton not the answer at receiver for NOLA Saints

New Orleans is hoping for a fully healthy Michael Thomas to return for next season and there’s a good chance they spend one of their early-round draft picks on a receiver. This would be a huge upgrade to the position and they’d also have Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey as depth pieces.

Hilton probably isn’t a name the Saints would be interested in due to his age, injury history, and lack of production this past season but if he does decide to return to play for another year, they should not reach out to him. Their receiver room needs a young superstar and Hilton is far from being that.

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Wide receiver is definitely a major need for New Orleans but if they want the position to improve, they have to find young players. The draft is probably the best route for them to take when it comes to finding their next star receiver.

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