Colts take steps to retain TE Jack Doyle

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Jack Doyle #84 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 3, 2016) – The Indianapolis Colts’ latest personnel move was one of their easiest.

The team issued a one-year tender to restricted free agent Jack Doyle, a decision that likely keeps the Cathedral High School product in his hometown.

The Colts didn’t reveal the level of tender, but ESPN.com reported it was the lowest for a restricted free agent ($1.671 million). That allows them to match any offer Doyle might receive from another team, but the Colts would receive no draft pick compensation if they opted not to match.

Taking steps to retain Doyle is important on several levels.

First, fellow tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen become unrestricted free agents March 9 if the Colts are unable to sign them to new contracts. It’s believed the team will find the means to retain one, not both.

Secondly, Doyle has developed into a reliable backup at the position. He has appeared in 47 of a possible 48 regular-season games the past three seasons and contributed as a receiver and blocker. Doyle has caught 35 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns.

Along with attempting to re-sign either Fleener or Allen, the Colts are in discussions with placekicker Adam Vinatieri. They also would like to re-sign linebacker Jerrell Freeman and safety Dwight Lowery.

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