Colts HC Chuck Pagano still plans to see what they have in their young receivers, but he did not rule out the possibility of bringing in a veteran receiver at some point.
“We have some young guys that we want to focus on a little bit,” Pagano said. “And there’s some guys out there that we’re looking at as well.”
One name that has been tossed out as a speculative option for the Colts has been veteran WR Brian Hartline. However, Stephen Holder reports that the Colts have not had any recent discussions with him.
Should the Colts, in fact, sign a receiver in the coming weeks, Holder doesn’t expect it to be someone who can make an immediate impact, given the lack of quality options currently available.
Hartline, 29, was in the final year of his two-year, $6 million contract when the Browns released him in a move that freed free up $3 million in available cap space.
In 2015, Hartline appeared in 12 games for the Browns and recorded 46 receptions for 523 yards receiving and two touchdowns. His season, unfortunately, came to an end after he sustained a broken collarbone in December and was subsequently placed on season-ending injured reserve. Pro Football Focus had Hartline rated as the No. 59 receiver out of 121 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.