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TY Hilton Targeted to Sign with Cowboys to Replace Injured James Washington?

A Twitter account pretending to belong to Cowboys beat writer David Helman "reported'' this week that Hilton is signing a two-year, $10-million-plus contract.

The Dallas Cowboys are absorbing another blow to their wide receiver corps following the departure of Amari Cooper in a salary-dump trade to Cleveland, with newcomer James Washington going down in Monday's training camp practice.

Washington needs foot surgery and could miss to months.

Former Indianapolis Colts pass-catcher T.Y. Hilton is a name being broached inside Cowboys HQ. ... and former Miami Dolphins speedster Will Fuller might be on that list, too.

It's always been a perfectly good idea (albeit probably a bit pricy in Dallas' view, even as Spotrac estimates his market value at $6.2 million per season) to chase Hilton. And the "idea'' comes from somewhere; as reported months ago, Hilton has been discussed by Cowboys officials inside The Star.

Hilton has talked about being open to a move.

“Would I love to finish my career there? Absolutely,” Hilton said of sticking with Indy. “(But) I’m a free agent. If you want me, come get me.”

The Cowboys before Monday did not "want'' anybody beyond what they have on their roster, led by CeeDee Lamb. They were probably going to take their time - maybe including more time in Oxnard at training camp - before altering that opinion very drastically.

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But at some point, Hilton was going to be worthy of discussion. He is coming off a year full of injuries. He caught just 23 balls for 331 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. ... and Hilton will turn 33 next season.

“T.Y. can still play,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said, via Nate Atkins of the Indianapolis Star. “One, he’s about as smart as any player I’ve ever been around. He just knows how to play the game. Even though his skill set isn’t the same as it was three or four years ago, his instincts and his level of understanding of what’s happening … he knows how to play.”

Hilton is more of a craftsman now, with Fuller still a speed guy.

There has always been room for more. But suddenly, there may be a need.

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