INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts re-signed Dwayne Allen on Monday night, keeping him off the free-agent market and assuring Andrew Luck of keeping at least one of his top two tight ends.
The four-year deal is worth $29.44 million, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the team had not announced details of the contract.
It’s the first major move the Colts have made this offseason.
"Dwayne’s tenacity and physicality have always been what has set him apart from the beginning," general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement.
Since joining the Colts as a third-round draft pick in 2012, he has caught 91 passes for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns with eight of those coming in 2014.
What it means for Indy’s other free agents still isn’t clear.
They started the week with roughly $25 million in salary cap room and are hopeful of signing Luck to a long-term deal this offseason before his rookie contract expires after next season.
That’s not a lot of money given that Indy’s other primary tight end, Coby Fleener, a second-round pick in 2012 and a college teammate of Luck, could become a free agent on Wednesday.
So could kicker Adam Vinatieri and three defensive starters — linebacker Jerrell Freeman, safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Greg Toler.
And Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano have already said their focus will be on improving the offensive line and pass rush.
Another complication is that Indy could be in the market for a backup quarterback, too. On Monday, the Colts released Matt Hasselbeck’s presumed successor, former first-round pick Josh Freeman. That leaves Indy with only two quarterbacks on the roster, Luck and Stephen Morris.