Dwayne Allen Re-Signs with Colts

Joe PantornoFeatured Columnist

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Tight end Dwayne Allen has agreed to a four-year deal to remain with the Indianapolis Colts, as first reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who added the deal is worth $29.4 million.  

ESPN's Josina Anderson got confirmation from Allen that the deal was done. "I knew this was home and with their offer they confirmed that to me," said Allen, via Anderson

Allen would tweet about the news: 

#Fourmoreyears #COLTSTRONG pic.twitter.com/u5KpDwUmQ9

— Dwayne Allen (@Dallen83) March 8, 2016

Allen's numbers have dropped significantly since his rookie season in 2012 in which he played all 16 games and caught 45 passes for 521 yards.

A hip injury sidelined him for 15 games in 2013, but he managed to return in 2014 and put up decent numbers. That wasn't the case in 2015:

Dwayne Allen 2014 vs. 2015 Comparison
2014Stat2015
13Games13
50Targets29
29Receptions16
395Yards109
8Touchdowns1
13.6Yards Per Catch6.8

Granted, it was a difficult season for most of the Colts due to the injury struggles experienced by starting quarterback Andrew Luck, who appeared in seven games. Indianapolis had the 22nd-ranked passing offense, which was led by a number of quarterbacks, including Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst, Ryan Lindley and Josh Freeman. 

Allen still was unable to find much success as he became a second option behind Coby Fleener, who was third on the team with 54 receptions last season. Fleener is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.

On Feb. 17, the team signed Cameron Clear, a 6'5", 277-pound tight end who will probably be used for blocking because he hasn't caught a single pass in his NFL career, per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. 

 

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.