Almost three weeks after being released by the Raiders, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has signed a one-year contract with the Colts, the team announced Monday evening. The former first-rounder adds depth to an Indianapolis receiver corps that includes veteran Reggie Wayne and second-year speedster TY Hilton.
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Heyward-Bey, the seventh-overall pick in 2009, caught 140 passes for 2,071 yards (and 11 TDs) in his four-year career. He never emerged as a legitimate deep threat, even though it was his 4.3 40 speed that prompted former owner Al Davis' to draft him.
For an idea of how much Heyward-Bey struggled in Oakland, consider this: according to Football Outsiders, he ranked 60th in total value among all wideouts last season, 48th in 2011, 82nd in 2010 and 136th as a rookie in 2009.
Now Heyward-Bey goes from a team that won four games last season to the upstart 11-5 Colts led by second-year quarterback Andrew Luck. Presumably, he'll replace Donnie Avery, who signed with the Chiefs this offseason after starting 15 games for Indy last season where he had 60 receptions for 781 yards and three touchdowns.