Colts sign TE Dwayne Allen to 4-year extension
The Indianapolis Colts have a number of key re-signings to do this offseason, and tight end Dwayne Allen was a top priority.
The Colts have reportedly worked out a four year extension with tight end Dwayne Allen. The Colts had a decision to make just at the tight end position with all three active players hitting the market in some form.
Allen is coming off a disappointing season where he recorded just 16 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. It was a steep drop off from his 2014 year where he had 29 catches for 395 yards and eight touchdowns. Allen missed all of the 2013 campaign due to a hip injury, and has battled with ankle and calf injuries the past two years.
The terms of the deal are surprising for a player who has struggled to stay healthy and for a team that either doesn’t or can’t use him correctly. Allen is a great talent, but needs to be in the right scheme to succeed.
The Colts basically had to decide between Coby Fleener and Allen. Between the two, Allen certainly is the more dynamic of the two. In 2012, Allen was one of the most valuable tight ends in the NFL. He certainly has a ton of potential provided he can stay healthy and is used properly in the offense (and not just as another blocking tight end).
Allen was very frustrated at the lack of target and usage this past season, but also admitted that he wanted to remain in Indianapolis.
The Colts have to find a way to get Allen out as a receiver this season instead of using him as an honorary sixth lineman. The Colts had to have presented an offensive plan that helps play to Allen’s strengths and keeps him involved in the passing attack.
This deal probably means that Fleener will walk (and get overpaid by another team). One more piece is set for the Colts 2016 roster.
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