Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen gets 4-year, $29.4M contract

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Dwayne Allen #83 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates a second quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos during a 2015 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 11, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 7, 2016) – Dwayne Allen’s relationship with the Indianapolis Colts will continue.

The veteran tight end used his Twitter account Monday evening to announce he and the team have agreed on a four-year contract. Allen was due to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.

Allen wrote: #Fourmoreyears #COLTSTRONG

He was among a handful of significant players whose contracts are due to expire. That list includes fellow tight end Coby Fleener, placekicker Adam Vinatieri and linebacker Jerrell Freeman.

General manager Ryan Grigson recently said it would be difficult for the Colts to retain both Allen and Fleener, so it’s anybody’s guess whether Fleener’s time with the team is drawing to an end.

“Besides the broad skill set and overall talent level he brings, Dwayne’s tenacity and physicality has always been what has set him apart from the beginning,” Grigson said after the signing. “His genuine love for the people of this community, its fans and for the game of football is what makes him special.”

In four seasons, Allen registered 91 receptions for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns in 43 games. He’s coming off a subpar season – 16 catches, 109 yards, one TD – as the coaching staff had to utilize him more in pass protection than as an option in the passing game.

A third-round draft pick in 2012, Allen has battled injuries. He missed the final 15 games of the 2013 season with a hip injury.

According to Pro Football Talk, Allen’s deal is worth $29.4 million. He will receive $12 million in the first year and a total of $17 million in the first two years. The deal includes $16 million in guarantees.