Phillip Dorsett in no hurry to splurge

First-round choice signs first Colts contract Wednesday, then wide receiver says he has no immediate plans to spend.

His first NFL contract signed Wednesday, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Phillip Dorsett didn’t plan on an overnight spending spree.

The 29th overall selection said he hasn’t even started to look for a new car or house. He has always wanted to take care of his family and intends to do so.

Dorsett signed a four-year deal with an option year for in the neighborhood of $7.386 million guaranteed. Then he walked into the locker room, wearing a new white polo shirt with the Colts blue horseshoe emblem, and was met at his locker by a three-deep wall of reporters.

“I’m good. I’m good. I’m blessed,” he said.

The only thing of which he’s certain is when he receives his first check, it’s all going in the bank. Spending comes later.

The 22-year-old pass catcher from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., seemed surprised by a question about becoming a millionaire.

“I don’t even know,” he said with a laugh. “Honestly, I can’t even tell you. Honestly, I don’t play football for the money. The money comes, but I love the game. I think that’s what drives me every day.”

Not that he would play the game for free.

“You still have to make a living,” the first-round choice said with a smile.

So far, Dorsett has given the Colts every reason to think he’s worth the investment. The pass catcher with 4.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash has already developed the reputation for making one or two “wow” plays during each day of offseason training activities.

“He’s got rare, rare speed and burst,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s so smooth that he doesn’t look like he’s running until he’s five yards past you. The guy, again, he’s playing multiple spots. A very smart guy. The offense is not one where most guys can come in and play the X, play the Z, play the F. You know, multiple spots in the offense whether we’re in base or we’re in our sub-package, our three-wide package. He’s picking things up well. Coach (Jim Hostler) ‘Hos’ has done a great job with him. He’s got the talent, he’s got the speed and he’s got good hands. I don’t know if he’s dropped four or five balls since he’s been here.”

Dorsett said he prides himself in improving each day.

“As a receiver you always live to have that perfect day, but it never comes because there’s always something,” he said. “It is what it is but progress is always happening when it comes to me. I live off just getting better and just working hard.”

Dorsett was relieved to get his contract resolved. The Colts have just two of their eight picks unsigned, both third-rounders, cornerback D’Joun Smith and defensive end Henry Anderson.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, just to get it over with,” Dorsett said. “Now just on to football. That’s all it is right now. Just going out and continuing to get better every day in this offseason program.”

Most rookies have to adjust to the superior speed of the NFL game. It all happens so fast. Dorsett, despite his obvious wheels, says his transition is the same.

“Something comes up every day.,” he said. “If you look at yourself on film the day before and you see something that you don’t like, you want to correct it. When I see stuff, I live off perfection. I want to be a perfectionist out there. Whatever I can help myself to go out there and get an edge I’ll do that.”

Teammates have been effusive in their praise. Quarterback Andrew Luck said last week that nothing has been too big for the rookie.

“That’s just me going out there every day and just trying to stay consistent and just going out there and just playing the game that I love,” Dorsett said. “Just going out there and when the ball comes your way just do whatever you can to make the catch.”

He says he’s not overwhelmed, not yet, anyway.

“It’s all so sudden right now,” Dorsett said. “I didn’t really get a chance to let it sink in yet. I know it will eventually.”

Each day, he shows up at the complex, eats breakfast and studies his playbook. He studies at night, too, for at least one hour.

“It just definitely takes a lot more studying than in college, but something that I got used to,” the Miami Hurricanes star said. “When you have down time, instead of just going into your phone and playing around, just go in your iPad and look at the playbook.”

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