The Indianapolis Colts will keep tight end Dwayne Allen on a four-year contract worth $29.4 million. Pro Football Talk tweeted out further details of the deal.
It's a four-year, $29.4M deal for Colts TE Dwayne Allen, with $12M paid out in year one, $17M through year two. He had 16 catches last year.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 8, 2016
That certainly is a lot of money, especially since Allen did indeed only have 16 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in 13 games last season.
However, let’s analyze those numbers. Not only did the Colts struggle as a unit in 2015, going 8-8 and missing the playoffs after making the AFC Championship Game in 2014, but Indianapolis also saw five different men play quarterback. Star and starter Andrew Luck was limited to seven games due to a shoulder injury and later a lacerated kidney, and the rest of the season saw the position manned by Matt Hasselbeck, Ryan Lindley, Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Freeman.
Thus, it’s no wonder that Allen struggled.
But that doesn’t take away from the fact that when Allen is on, he’s on. He had 50 catches for 395 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014 and established himself as a strong red zone target and with a fully healthy Luck set to return in 2016 to shake off the fluke that was last season, Allen is going to be in a position to earn every penny of his new contract.
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