Receiver, return specialist Wilkins back with Colts

Updated: June 1, 2006, 5:35 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Wide receiver and return specialist Terrence Wilkins, who hasn't appeared in an NFL regular-season game since 2003, has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, the team with which he enjoyed his best seasons.

The five-year veteran is expected to challenge for the No. 4 wide receiver spot in training camp, behind starters Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne and slot receiver Brandon Stokley.

Indianapolis lost six-year veteran wide receiver Troy Walters in free agency. Another veteran wideout, Aaron Moorehead, underwent back surgery last month and likely will miss much of the club's offseason conditioning program and organized team activities.

The area in which Wilkins, 30, could most help Indianapolis is on special teams, where Walters was the club's primary punt return man. The top kickoff return specialist is Dominic Rhodes, but the Colts might not want him handling that chore as much, since he could be the starting tailback, at least nominally, until first-round pick Joseph Addai has been sufficiently groomed to take over Edgerrin James' old spot.

A former University of Virginia standout, Wilkins made the Indianapolis roster as an undrafted college free agent in 1999. He spent three seasons with the Colts, was traded to St. Louis for a sixth-round draft pick in 2002, then returned to Indianapolis in 2003 after one season with the Rams. He was in the Miami camp in the summer of 2004.

In his first three seasons in a Colts uniform, Wilkins averaged 39.7 receptions and 488.7 yards, and scored seven touchdowns. He also returned one punt and one kickoff for touchdowns, both as a rookie in 1999. The kickoff return was for 97 yards and the punt return for 78 yards.

For his career, Wilkins has averaged 22.3 yards on kickoff returns and 9.1 yards on punt runbacks. He has 124 catches for 1,497 yards and seven touchdowns. Wilkins has also carried 10 times for 66 yards and has played on special teams coverage units as well. Of his 57 appearances, 22 were starts.

Contract details were not immediately available.

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