Terms: Three years, up to $21 million with $9.5 million guaranteed
Grade: A -- Jack Doyle shook off the notion that he was just a blocking tight end for the Indianapolis Colts and also made Coby Fleener a distant memory when he had a career high in receptions (59), yards (584) and touchdowns (5) last season. The re-signing of Doyle gives the Colts a No. 1 and 1a tight end duo, along with Dwayne Allen.
What it means: With so much uncertainty due to a roster transition on defense, re-signing Doyle means the Colts will keep their continuity on offense. Barring a surprise release of any offensive players, quarterback Andrew Luck will return his top skill position players in Doyle and Allen at tight end, running back Frank Gore and receivers T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett from last season. The Colts finished eighth in points per game (25.7) and 10th in yards per game (364.4). They should be able to top those numbers next season with improved play by the offensive line.
What’s the risk: None at all. This was a smart and necessary re-signing by new Colts general manager Chris Ballard. Doyle has no issues off the field and he brings dependability and stability to the Colts' tight end position. He has missed only one game in his four-year NFL career.