He made his first Pro Bowl last season after catching 82 passes for 1,345 yards and seven TDs. All were career bests, the receptions and touchdowns equaling previous bests.
That should translate to big money, just not yet. And he doesn’t sound like it’s a topic he wants to dwell upon.
“For me, I don’t worry about that,” he said Wednesday during offseason training activities. “I leave that up to my agent. I just go out there and just have fun. So whatever they’ve got going on, that’s between them. But for me, it’s just going out and having fun.”
But he wants to get paid, right?
“That’s between them,” he said with a smile.
Hilton will make $1.542 million this season. By comparison, the NFL’s top 20 receivers will earn at least four times that in 2015.
The 25-year-old wide receiver just sticks to the process of trying to improve himself each day.
“Oh yeah, it’s always the same,” he said. “But you want to get better at certain things. You come in, know what you want to work on, get better at it and just get your body back into being in football shape. Just working hard.”
Hilton spoke of how Reggie Wayne mentored him the past three seasons and expressed his gratitude to the former teammate, a six-time Pro Bowl star who wasn’t re-signed after 14 years with the organization.
While the Colts have added 33-year-old Andre Johnson, Hilton acknowledges his role will change with “Reg” no longer around. It’s up to Hilton to help teach young receivers like 21-year-old Donte Moncrief, who is entering his second season, and 24-year-old Duron Carter, who is excited about making his NFL debut.
“‘Reg’ did it for me, so for me, it’s just passing on the torch,” Hilton said. “Whatever they need, I told them they could ask me, ask Dre (Andre Johnson), ask (Donte) Moncrief. We’re here to help any way we can because we’re just trying to get better.”
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