Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk reports that Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle has agreed to the one-year, $1.6 million restricted free agent tender that the team had extended his way.
Doyle effectively moves from Indianapolis’ third-string to second-string tight end following the departure of Coby Fleener in free agency. Fleener signed a five-year, $36 million contract ($18 million guaranteed) with the New Orleans Saints towards the beginning of NFL free agency in early March. Indianapolis’ primary tight end is now Dwayne Allen, drafted one round after Fleener in the 2012 NFL Draft, who agreed to a four-year, $29.4 million extension ($16 million guaranteed) with the team. Allen, who grades out as an excellent run blocker but who has not yet been a prolific receiver, is currently the second-highest-paid tight end of the 2016 NFL season, trailing leader Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks by less than $100k.
Doyle is the only other tight end on the Colts’ roster with significant NFL experience. Since emerging undrafted out of Western Kentucky in 2013, Doyle has played in 47 of the team’s 48 regular season games, collecting 35 total passes for 209 yards (6.0 yards per reception) and three touchdowns. Even though Andrew Luck started just seven games for the Colts last season, seven of Doyle’s 12 receptions in 2015 came from Luck, including his single touchdown reception.