Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle is expected to test the free agent market.
Despite the Colts' attempts to sign him over the past week, Colts TE Jack Doyle has plans to test free-agent market, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 28, 2017
Doyle is coming off of his best season yet as a pro. In his 4th season Doyle caught 59 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns. But, the fact of the matter is that he is still the second string tight end on the Colts.
However, the tight end market in free agency will be weak.
Outside of Martellus Bennett their is a not a clear-cut number one target in this class. Doyle seems poised to be the second best option just ahead of Jared Cook (inconsistent) and Luke Wilson (solid, but not great.
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Will a team be willing to throw him some major money to be their number 1 option? Possibly, but if he expects to get a deal around what Coby Fleener (5 year, $36 million), or Dwayne Allen (4 year, $29 million) received last year that is a reach.
I would love for Doyle to remain in Indianapolis. But the money will have to be right. I am assuming that was around a three year deal worth $11-$14 million.
Unless a team wants to hand out over $25 million to a (so far) one year hit then we should see Doyle back in Indianapolis. Which is what needs to happen. But at the right price. The Colts cannot handicap themselves with a big contract to a second string tight end.