Aiken was told that there would be open competition for spots at wide receiver, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports. T.Y Hilton and Donte Moncrief are locked in at the top, but with 2015 first-rounder Phillip Dorsett shaping up as a disappointment, the rest of the Indianapolis wideout depth chart should be up for grabs. Aiken had to settle for a one-year deal in the wake of a disappointing 2016 season, but he did catch 75 passes for 944 yards in 2015 while serving as Baltimore's No. 1 receiver for much of the year. The Andrew Luck-led Colts could give the 27-year-old a real shot to get his career back on track, as Moncrief's injury history and Dorsett's poor performance leave the team without reliable pass-catching options behind Hilton.
Aiken signed a contract with the Colts on Tuesday, Andrew Walker of the team's official site reports. Aiken officially inked his new deal with the Colts on Tuesday afternoon, giving Andrew Luck another weapon to utilize on offense. The 27-year-old had a breakout season in 2015, recording 75 receptions for 944 yards and five touchdowns with the Ravens. He figures to serve as the Colts' No. 4 wideout on the depth chart behind T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett.
Aiken is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Colts, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports. Aiken visited the Colts on Friday and also drew interest from Seattle, with his ability to contribute on special teams likely piquing the interest of a couple of franchises that already have solid weapons out wide. The 2011 undrafted free agent bounced around the league while mostly playing special teams until 2015, when he caught 75 passes for 944 yards after injuries pushed him to the top of Baltimore's depth chart. Aiken only caught 29 balls for a much healthier Ravens team last season, mostly serving as the No. 4 wide receiver. He's likely ticketed for a similar role in Indianapolis, though it's conceivable he could challenge disappointing 2015 first-rounder Phillip Dorsett for the No. 3 spot. Aiken is expected to sign a contract at some point Tuesday.
Aiken, an unrestricted free agent, is visiting with the Colts on Friday, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports. A 2011 undrafted free agent, Aiken hung around the league due to his contributions on special teams, eventually breaking through as the leading receiver (944 yards) for an injury-ravaged 2015 Ravens squad. He followed the breakout with a forgettable 2016 campaign in a much healthier offense, catching 29 of 50 targets for 328 yards and a touchdown. Aiken is also getting a look from the Seahawks, but regardless of where he ultimately lands, he'll likely be looking at a role as a depth receiver and special-teams contributor.
Aiken was held without a catch on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Aiken was entrenched in a minor role in the offense again Sunday as he saw just two targets on the 33 offensive snaps he played. Although Aiken's snap count has remained reasonably consistent over the second half of the season, even with Breshad Perriman's ascension, his target volume has taken a significant dip. Aside from a four-game stretch in October in which he saw just under 5.0 targets per game, Aiken has averaged just 2.54 targets per game in his 11 other outings. He'll face the Bengals on the road in Sunday's season finale.
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