The next chapter in Darrius Heyward-Bey’s career will be written in Indianapolis. The controversial 7th overall pick of the ’09 draft never lived up to expectations in Oakland and his bloated rookie contract made DHB a cap casualty this offseason. But Reggie McKenzie’s trash could prove to be Jim Irsay’s treasure. At least that’s what the Colts hope.
Hey-Bey has agreed to a one-year deal worth $3-million meaning he’ll have plenty to prove now that the Al Davis scholarship has been yanked. Though he did improve in each of his first three years 2012 was a setback for the speedy receiver.
Under Hue Jackson DHB showed some real promise as he looked on his way to becoming the playmaker Mr. Davis imagined. In 2011 Heyward-Bey fell just short of 1,000 receiving yards amassing the most yardage by a Raiders receiver since Randy Moss.
But the promise of 2011 vanished in the lie of 2012 that was Greg Knapp’s ill-fitting offense.
Now DHB will have to prove himself as reliable and consistent NFL receiver as he’s no longer a member of a team willing to be patient. The good news is he’ll be playing with one of the game’s best young quarterbacks in Andrew Luck. But that could also be bad news as Heyward-Bey won’t be given the benefit of the doubt any longer. Unlike the Raider teams he played for these Colts are now expected to win having made the playoffs in a year thought to be a rebuilding season.