Colts Re-sign Doyle, Linemen Reitz Retires
The Indianapolis Colts had a busy Tuesday, announcing they had agreed to terms on a new deal with fan favorite, and Indianapolis native, tight end Jack Doyle, while also confirming one seven year veteran, offensive linemen Joe Reitz, had decided his playing days are done.
Doyle was scheduled to hit the open market on Thursday when NFL free agency begins, and while the tight end had expressed a desire to stay with his hometown team when the season concluded New Year's weekend, he also stated he understood the business side of the game and was prepared to continue his career elsewhere if that's how it played out.
The four year veteran certainly proved himself to be a valuable member of the franchise last season, becoming a more-than-reliable safety net for quarterback Andrew Luck, and putting up the best numbers of his short career, hauling in 59 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns. His 78.7 catch percentage was the highest of all tight ends last season, which includes names like Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Martellus Bennett.
According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Doyle's deal will pay him annual salary of roughly $6.3 million.
To say Doyle's teammates (and some former teammates) were excited to find out their "Jack-of-All-Trades" would be remaining in the fold would be an understatement.
Meanwhile, as the team celebrated keeping one of their own, they also celebrated the career of another who decided his days representing the horseshoe were over. Offensive lineman, Joe Reitz, a member of the team since 2010 announced his retirement mere hours before rumors of the Doyle deal started making their way around social media.
Reitz made it official in a video announcement on the team's Twitter account:
Reitz, an Indianapolis native like Doyle who never played a down of college football during his days at Western Michigan, was practically the only consistent piece of a much maligned offensive line that has struggled to keep Quarterback Andrew Luck upright through his time with the team. A versatile player, Reitz had the ability to play both guard and tackle, often times on the right side of the line, over the course of his 73 game career in Indy.
Much like their joy for Doyle's new deal, some current and former teammates shared their appreciation for Reitz on Twitter: