Just four years ago Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle was hopeful to be drafted into the NFL.
But the draft came and went, and Doyle never heard his name called.
After having a breakout senior season at Western Kentucky where he caught 53 passes for 566 yard and five touchdowns, Doyle hoped he would be a late round pick. The 6’6″ tight end did not wait long after the draft however. The Tennessee Titans singed him as an undrafted free agent.
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Doyle failed to make the final 53 man roster for the Titans and was waived after the last preseason game. On September 1st 2013 Doyle was claimed by the Colts. And the rest you can say is history.
The “Jack of all trades” tight end became one of the guys the Colts refuses to cut season after season. And after letting Coby Fleener walk in free agency last year, Doyle finally got his shot at cracking the lineup on a regular basis.
Doyle did not disappoint. He would finish with 59 catches (2nd on the team) for 584 yards (2nd on the team) and five touchdowns (4th on the team). He became a locker-room guy that everyone loved.
But that time may be coming to an end. Doyle is set to test the free agent market this offseason, and today began the 72 hour tampering period.
Just how much is Doyle set to earn? A lot if you compare it to his minimum contract he signed as an undrafted free agent.
A few former undrafted FAs are going to make big $. Among them: CB AJ Bouye (⬆️$12m per), TE Jack Doyle (⬆️$6m per). Good for them.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 7, 2017
Doyle is one of, if not the top, tight end on the free agent market. The Colts want to keep him, but not at that type of money.
With already committing to Dwayne Allen last season ($29 million), the Colts have other pressing needs to address outside of tight end.