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 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 UDFA 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 finished the 2016 season with 29 catches on 50 targets, racking up 328 yards (11.3 YPR) and one touchdown in the process.
Aiken entered the year as a trendy sleeper candidate following a strong 2015 campaign when he produced 75 receptions for 944 yards and five touchdowns. However, his high production in 2015 was at least partially a function of the Ravens' serious attrition at wide receiver with both Steve Smith Sr. and Breshad Perriman suffering season-ending injuries at different points of the year. The Ravens had a full complement of receivers this year with Smith and Perriman both healthy and the addition of Mike Wallace. With that, Aiken got lost in the shuffle and saw his target and snap counts plummet. Even with Smith officially retired, it appears unlikely the impending unrestricted free agent, Aiken, will be back in Baltimore in 2017. Depending on where he lands, Aiken has shown that he can be a competent No.2 or No.3 in an NFL offense when given the opportunity.
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