The Baltimore Ravens are reportedly in the market for an upgrade at the wide receiver position but struck out on their latest target.
On Wednesday, four-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton officially agreed to return to the Indianapolis Colts, the only NFL home he's known since the 2012 draft, via a one-year contract that could be worth up to $10 million with $8 million guaranteed.
Per Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk, Hilton explained on Thursday's edition of "The Pat McAfee Show" that he nearly completed a move to the AFC North club. "I’d been talking to [the Ravens] the whole time," Hilton said. "They came in and made a great push at the end. They wanted to get it done."
Thus far, the Ravens were unable to lure Hilton or JuJu Smith-Schuster to Baltimore. As PFT's Josh Alper noted, the Ravens allowed veteran Sammy Watkins to complete a visit without signing a contract, and he later met with the Colts. These developments led ESPN's Jamison Hensley to wonder if top-tier receivers looking for new contracts don't want to play in a Baltimore offense perceived to be a run-first unit.
Maybe the Ravens shouldn't have been so quick to give up on Dez Bryant, after all.