"We feel great about acquiring a talented player in Darrius Heyward-Bey," said General Manager Ryan Grigson. "He's big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch. He's got elite finishing speed that's as good as there is in the NFL. With this staff, this team and overall culture we're building here in Indy, we felt strongly that he was the right player and person at the wide receiver position for us moving forward."
Heyward-Bey was drafted seventh overall by Oakland in the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Raiders, he caught 11 touchdown passes. He caught 41 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season.