Colts sign Darrius Heyward-Bey to one-year deal

The Indianapolis Colts have signed free-agent receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year deal worth $3 million, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Last year, DHB finished with 41 receptions for 606 yards and five touchdowns after having a breakout season in 2011 with 975 yards.

We feel great about acquiring a talented player in Darrius Heyward-Bey,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch. He’s got elite finishing speed that’s as good as there is in the NFL. With this staff, this team and overall culture we’re building here in Indy, we felt strongly that he was the right player and person at the wide receiver position for us moving forward.”

Heyward-Bey, the Raiders' first-round pick in 2009, has averaged nearly 15 yards per reception (14.8) for his career and is one of the league's fastest receivers.

Back in 2009, he posted the fastest forty time (4.30), which led to the Raiders making DHB the first receiver off the board that year. Of course, that led to Michael Crabtree holding out into the season as he felt he should have been the highest-paid rookie receiver.

Overall, I like the move as Heyward-Bey is an upgrade over Donnie Avery, who signed with the Chiefs this offseason.





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