Indianapolis Colts have their eyes fixed on winning the Super Bowl at the end of the 2015 NFL season, but the franchise has many issues to solve before they can mount a serious challenge for the Lombardi Trophy.
The Colts were dealt a heavy 45-7 defeat in the AFC Championship Game in January when the New England Patriots dominated them in the running game, with the Pats producing 177 rushing yards in a brutal 45-7 win.
There is no doubt that the Colts have to seriously improve their defense against the run, but Indianapolis also has another major issue to solve, and that's the contract situation of star receiver T.Y. Hilton.
Hilton has been an integral part of the Colts' offense during the last three years since he was drafted in 2012, but 2015 is the last year left on his rookie deal.
During the last campaign, Hilton was the Colts' premier receiver, catching 82 balls for 1,345 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
Hilton to leave?
But despite this talent, the Colts decided to draft Phillip Dorsett in April in a move that seems to indicate that Indianapolis are thinking about Dorsett replacing Hilton on their depth chart in 2016.
Colts owner Jim Irsay recently said that the team wants to get a deal sorted for Hilton "sooner than later" but Hilton says he's relaxed about his future.
“If they want to pay me, they’ll pay me,” Hilton told the Indianapolis Star. “It takes both sides to come to an agreement. I leave that up to my agent and just go out there and have fun.”
Hilton has caught 82 balls in back to back NFL seasons, meaning he is by far the best receiver on the Colts' roster.
Time to compromise
There is no doubt that Indianapolis want to keep the receiver, but they will have to do some serious negotiating to get him to stay on their terms.
Hilton is a borderline-elite receiver, and there's a chance he will want to get paid top dollar. There are some interesting times ahead in Indy that's for sure, and you would have to say that it's unlikely that Hilton will get paid exactly what he wants.
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