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Mailbag: Did the Colts overpay for T.Y. Hilton?

Mike Wells: No. You can’t deny what’s on T.Y. Hilton’s resume. He’s coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons and a Pro Bowl selection. Does Hilton, who signed a five-year, $65 million contract, have things to work on? Of course. I recently wrote about how Hilton has to improve on getting open when teams take him out of the deep passing game. He’ll get better in that area, and it helps that teams likely won’t be able to double team Hilton the same way they did last season because of the other offensive weapons the Colts have. Paying Hilton ensures the Colts -- and quarterback Andrew Luck -- that they'll have a dependable receiver on their roster for years to come. Andre Johnson likely only has a few years left. Donte Moncrief is in just his second season and Phillip Dorsett and Duron Carter have yet to play a snap in the NFL. It wasn’t worth the risk for the Colts to allow Hilton to hit the free agent market next spring and possibly have another team throw a lot of money at him.

Wells: I’m going to say no for a couple of reasons. 1) Art Jones. Jones is the starter at defensive tackle and Kerr will back him up this season. Jones, who missed seven games last season with a high ankle sprain and was never full healthy when he did play after returning, has been all over the field in training camp. I’ve talked to a number of defensive linemen about their inability to stop the run on a regular basis last season, and Jones seems have taken their struggles the hardest. He doesn’t like talking about what happened last season, especially against New England. It starts with Jones if the Colts plan to have consistent success when it comes to stopping the run this season. Jones has to remain healthy and be on the field as much as possible. 2) Kerr has potential, but he has to limit his mistakes and get to the level where the coaching staff knows they can rely him to run the defensive scheme and not try to do things on his own. Deviating from the scheme often leads to giving up big plays.

Wells: Based off the unofficial depth chart the Colts released earlier in the week, rookie Phillip Dorsett will return punts with Duron Carter as the second option. As far as kickoffs go, Daniel “Boom” Herron will be the main return man and Dorsett will be the second option.