INDIANAPOLIS – It might be the position Chris Ballard values the least when it comes to committing major resources to.
While Ballard has drafted a pair of wideouts in the 2nd round during his four years leading the Colts, the GM has never been a massive advocate for building a team around major money going to the wide receiver position.
Having said that, Ballard once again enters an offseason where wide receiver is a need.
And for the first time since T.Y. Hilton was drafted, the Colts have a decision to make on the future of The Ghost.
Whether it’s Jim Irsay, Ballard or Frank Reich, the three most important decision makers in the Colts organization have all expressed a desire to have Hilton return at the age of 31. Of course, they acknowledge the business side that leads to Hilton’s murky future, which should be decided next week.
No matter what happens with Hilton, doing something else at wideout is still necessary.
Supporting Hilton has been a constant failure, from Ryan Grigson to Ballard.
The free agent signings at wide receiver over the years are not names that will live in Colts lore.
Donnie Avery, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Hakeem Nicks, Andre Johnson, Kamar Aiken, Ryan Grant, Devin Funchess.
For Ballard, it’s been Aiken (15 catches for 133 yards in 15 games), Grant (35 catches for 334 yards in 14 games) and Funchess (hurt in the 2019 season opener).
Swings and misses cannot continue in trying to build needed wideout depth.
Good news though for the Colts this offseason comes with the pool of wideouts available in free agency, and then the draft.
There appears to be good quality down both paths, and even at second and third levels, which is typically where Ballard likes to spend at wideout.
But with the injury history of Parris Campbell and the age of Hilton (if he comes back), another move at wideout is key to help re-build the confidence of Carson Wentz.