The Indianapolis Colts have brought back a key member of their offense. They signed tight end Jack Doyle to a three-year contract worth $19 million, and with $9.5 of that guaranteed. Comparing his contract across the league also shows the Colts got a good value. According to Spotrac, his average salary of $6.3 million per year puts him just ahead of former Colt Coby Fleener ($5.8 million).
Doyle is beloved in the locker room according to reports, and it’s clear that this could be an example of what general manager Chris Ballard wanted when he talked about keeping his own.
Last season, Doyle caught 59 passes for 584 yards and 5 touchdowns, while becoming a reliable target for Andrew Luck. Beyond the stats, Doyle has come a long way since becoming an undrafted free agent, earning praise from numerous teammates on Twitter.
— Erik Swoope (@eswoope21) March 8, 2017
— T.J. Green (@BossGreen256) March 8, 2017
Hell yeah! Congrats bro you deserve it… definitely one of the best teammates I've ever had let's get back to work Brodie. pic.twitter.com/6tDJn1tiuQ
— Chester (@ChesterRogers80) March 8, 2017
The tight end position is no longer an issue for the Colts. The next step would be re-signing Erik Swoope, but that appears to be a lower priority considering he’s an ERFA. It’ll be interesting to see whether Doyle can overtake Dwayne Allen for the No. 1 tight end position next year. The biggest thing Doyle has going for him is his availability. Doyle has been healthy for three straight seasons, meanwhile, Allen has battled injuries his entire career.