Tight end Dwayne Allen took to Twitter Monday night to inform fans he has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts on a new four-year contract.
Less than 24 hours before the beginning of NFL free agency at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Allen tweeted: “#Fourmoreyears #Coltstrong.”
Just a few minutes after that tweet at 7:49 p.m., Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio cited an unnamed league source that Allen received a four-year, $29.4-million deal, including $16 million guaranteed. Allen is reportedly receiving $12 million the first year, $17 million through two years and $22 million through three years, Florio reported.
The Colts announced the re-signing in an email at 8:12 p.m.
"From Jim Irsay and his family on down we are very pleased to announce the re-signing of Dwayne Allen," general manager Ryan Grigson said in the team release. "Besides the broad skill set and overall talent level he brings, Dwayne's tenacity and physicality has always been what has set him apart from the beginning. His geniuine love for the people of this community, its fans and for the game of football is what makes him special."
The lucrative deal comes as somewhat of a surprise considering Allen was used more as a blocker last season and had just 16 catches. He’s regarded as the Colts’ most complete tight end, but had also missed 21 regular-season games due to injuries in four seasons.
The Colts drafted Allen with the first selection in the third round in 2012, one round after selecting tight end Coby Fleener, whose return to Indianapolis now seems in greater doubt. Fleener caught a career-high 54 receptions in 2015 and, in four years, had 183 catches for 2,154 yards with 17 touchdowns. He missed just four games due to injury.
Allen has 91 receptions for 1,045 yards and 13 TDs in his career.
Tight end Jack Doyle, a restricted free agent, was offered a one-year tender last week that will pay him $1.671 million, a significant raise from making $585,000 last season.
The Colts were expected to have roughly $28.5 million in salary cap space after cutting wide receiver Andre Johnson, a reported roster decision the team had yet to announce. Another $6.125 million could be saved if underwhelming outside linebacker Trent Cole were released.
Phillip B. Wilson also can be found on Facebook and Google+.