Report: Steelers To Bring In Colts Free Agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey For A Visit

Despite being very low on salary cap space, it appears as though the Pittsburgh Steelers will continue to entertain free agent visitors.

According to a Tuesday report on Twitter by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Indianapolis Colts unrestricted free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is scheduled to visit with the Steelers on Wednesday.

Heyward-Bey, who was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Maryland, caught just 29 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown last season with the Colts.

  • 804Stiller

    From what I’ve seen, this guy is fast but isn’t a football player.

  • Matt Manzo

    The FOs drinkin a lot of red bull this off season!
    IF we signed him that’d be curve ball!
    I’m not sure if he a one year player or 3 year contract type? For one it doesn’t make sense. I’d rather groom a rookie. If he can solidify as a player a 3 year means we don take a WR early this year.
    I haven’t paid enough attention to his previous years to know how he’d affect our draft, but it seems odd ? Brown, Wheaton, Moore and DHB would be pretty cool! Maybe they lost hope in Moye n JBrown? Then we could still take a rookie high and he could be the 5th WR?

  • rey perez

    Not a fan of the move better prospects in the draft

  • Matt Manzo

    Maybe the FOs worried about DL and LB and wants to take them higher? There is enough depth at WR to get a good project in round 4.

  • SFIC

    No! Please! No!

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Hmm. Pass? Yeah, pass.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Please no.

  • steelster

    Talk about a one trick pony.

  • son_zhu

    Nothing wrong with kicking tires on this guy….

  • Iron Cadet

    Yeah cuz we have like 400k to go shopping with and those tires have caused many crashes and will cost more than we have.

  • William Weaver

    If he still runs a 4.3, bring him in to compete for 5th wr spot. Nothing wrong with that. Non guaranteed vet minimum obviously. If we are in 5 wr set and he still runs send him on a 9 route. Or cut him in training camp. No loss.

  • Crowned

    I’ll take a flyer on him as a #5 WR and a return man.

  • cp72

    Last three seasons:
    Cotchery: 79 catches for 12 tds
    Heyward Bey: 134 catches 10 tds

    Is he a bust for where he was picked…. absolutely. Doesn’t mean he can’t play and he’s just 27.

  • Kurt Williams

    best season: 64 rec 975 yds 4 td in 2011. C. Palmer and Jason Campbell were the qbs. I guess he’s worth a look.

  • cp72

    Hey bro did you actually reply to yourself…..

  • Steelers12328882

    Hey, if they can sign him to a cheap non guaranteed one year deal, then why not?

  • cp72

    I was thinking about him in the return game too. I went back and looked and it doesn’t show him returning one punt or kick in his career. Some guys just don’t have the stones to be returners.

  • James Kling

    Can he play corner?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Bring him in we can never have too much competition. Who knows maybe playing with BB AB and our WR crew makes him better. At 6’2″ and if he still runs in the 4.3 4.4 he can provide some speed to the group. I’m all for making us better as a unit and the competition will on help all of the guys. We could also go Defensive heavy in the top part of the draft and grab a WR in the later rounds.

  • Matt Manzo

    Yes! Sometimes I get so excited and the only other person listening is me!

  • cp72

    If we are in a 5 wr set I guess they fired Todd Haley and brought Chan Gailey back.

  • William Weaver

    That was pretty good. My point was that it wouldn’t hurt to let him compete with Moye and Brown for 5th wr.

  • cp72

    I know I was just having a little fun.

  • joed32

    I think Dave said they had $32,000.

  • Steelers12328882

    But, there’s the rule of 51 too.

  • William Weaver

    Excited about another year with Haley and Ben working together. Pretty good offense later in the year. I think it could be dynamic this year especially with another playmaker added in draft. Haley knows what he is doing IMO. Better suited for OC then head coach. Am I wrong? You brought him and Chan up and it got me thinking.

  • Justin Barlow

    Anyone but him

  • Delroy Ross

    Given the cap space that we have I say its a win/win situation. If you can bring a guy that is a veteran and runs a 4.4 (give or take) why not at least give it a shot? If he does not sign then so be it. It would be a bargain to get speed like this for such a low price. There is absolutely nothing to loose.

  • gevins

    Can he play special teams? If not then there is no chance

  • cencalsteeler

    I’m thinking the McCain signing and the DHB possibility is an emphasis on bolstering special teams play, and that’s a good thing. Sign him up.

  • Please be an April Fools joke.

  • Brian Miller

    Lord, I would normally be enthusiastic about this, but he couldn’t even hand in as a starter for Indy after Reggie Wayne went down…and that is after they gave him the job initially and literally begged him to be a starter for them…

  • cp72

    I think our offense can be a top 5 unit. Beachum is the key. If he can hold down the LT spot….look out.

  • cp72

    I live in Indiana and watched practically every Colts game. He’s got hands of stone, but he’s big and fast. Throw him some 9 routes and hope he catches 1 out 5. Kinda like having Mike Wallace back, but for 14.5 million less.

  • Paddy

    Is he tall?

  • Brian Miller

    Yep, well said.

  • Brian Miller

    6’2” 219 lbs…

  • gene mann

    I wonder if a Nonsense coach like Mann will help Bay into turning Bay Around?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    It would make for an interesting camp at the WR position. I like bringing in as many guys as you can to compete in camp.

  • steelersfan

    haha this offseason is nuts

  • Alan Felicia

    Healthy competition is always good. Look what it did for AB! He was behind Sanders, Ward, and Wallace in 2011 and look where he is now.

  • Nathaniel Sullivan

    The sad thing is I didn’t even realize that till you said that.

  • Iron Cadet

    Look at the tweet at the end

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Just sucks when that happens. Thanks for the laughs guys.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    That’s funnier than Matt talking to himself.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    You guys are cracking me up tonight. I don;t want him either. It seems like a colossal waste of time.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I believe that there are some species of apes that catch better than this guy. Another raiders speed guy in the 1st that did nothing.

  • Johnny Loose

    I brought up his name at the beginning of the off-season. He’s a guy who’s been around the league a few years and is better than most give him credit for. People only call him a bust I think because of how high he was drafted. He’d be a welcome addition to the competition in camp at WR. If we end up signing him, my $ would be on him as a dark horse for the #5 receiver spot.

  • steelster

    Can Matt be a corner that talks to himself ?

  • Better how? He is exactly what his detractors claimed he was when he got drafted. Pure speed, but no footballer. He’s never had a 1,000 yard season, and averages 476 yds and 2.4 TDs a season. You can’t even blame it on the crappy Oakland QBs either, as every year but once he was third or worse among receivers. He would still be a bust if he was picked in the 4th.

    He’s a speed guy with average height that I wouldn’t even pay vet minimum for.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    And rule of thumb. You can only beat an English woman with a stick size of your thumb. Kevin shall hit Heyward-bey and see how fast he can go out of the stadium.

    P.S. it’d be hilarious of Colbert was bringing him in and goes “ha! Got ya!” When Tomlin remain dumbfounded by the invitation… yep, April 1st is getting to me.

  • JohnB

    7th overall pick in a one of the most lackluster drafts in the past decade.

  • treeher

    Hands of stone. But he could play cornerback for us

  • Matt Manzo

    I would trash talk my self and scare opposing WRs! That would cover up my weak coverage skills!

  • Justin Barlow

    anyone but him…. please… anyone but granite fingers bey…..

  • Hard Row

    If they can get him that cheap it’s a great pickup. Just being that fast forces defenses to respect him. If you put him out there in a 3 WR set, he will force them to keep a Safety deep and he can open it up for Brown or Lance Moore in the slot.

    Hopefully Wheaton would beat him out and DHB would be a quality #4 WR.

  • Moneypenny76

    Great point. And if they sign him to a cheap contract and he gets his act together, he could be an amazing steal. Sometimes players take a few years to develop…look at James Harrison…and DHB had the misfortune of spending his first few years with the Raiders! I see no downside, and potentially huge upside. Worst case scenario – cut him in training camp with no cap hit.

  • shawn

    this is a complete waste of time … are we really that desperate … this is not a confidence booster in the FO !

  • Paddy

    Then that settles it, pay no attention to whether he can actually catch passes lol

  • joed32

    I see that but I think I trust Dave more than I do Ed.

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  • srdan

    And moats. Bring in Harrison as well, and perhaps our ST would be the strongest unit on the team.

  • Brian Miller

    Lol…well, you can definitely see why teams get excited to sign him…you never know…