While Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton’s five-year, $65 million contract drew plenty of interest in NFL circles on Thursday, one player who was likely paying particular attention was Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright.
As David Boclair of the Nashville Post notes, Hilton’s new deal may well have set the bar for what Wright’s next contract might look like. Wright isn’t a Pro Bowler like Hilton yet, but there are a number of parallels between the two, both in size and production.
The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Wright’s 215 career receptions are one more than the 5-foot-9, 178-pound Hilton. The Colts’ standout has far more receiving yards (3,289) and touchdowns (19) in his career than Wright (2,420 yards and 12 TDs), but Hilton has had the benefit of playing with one of the best young quarterbacks in the game in Andrew Luck.
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Wright, on the other hand, has played with the likes of Jake Locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Zach Mettenberger over the course of his career and still managed to put up a 1,000-yard season in 2013.
The 25-year-old Wright still has two seasons left on his rookie deal and with the arrival of Marcus Mariota in Tennessee, the Titans hope to finally have some stability and upper-level talent at the quarterback position.
If Wright, Tennessee’s first-round pick in 2012, can put up a pair of productive seasons paired with Mariota, he’ll cash in on his second contract as well.
It may not match the $13 million per season average Hilton’s deal does, but the market for quality receivers has proven to be high and should continue to be.