Tight end Dwayne Allen staying with Colts on 4-year extension

Tight end Dwayne Allen, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, is staying with the Indianapolis Colts on a four-year, $29.4 million contract extension, according to ESPN and a ProFootballTalk report.

"I knew this was home, and with their offer, they confirmed that to me," Allen told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Monday.

Allen, 26, had a solid rookie season in 2012, with 45 receptions for 521 yards and three touchdowns. He started all 16 games that year. However, over the past three seasons, he missed 21 games because of an assortment of injuries, and his role in the offense diminished last season.

"From Jim Irsay and his family on down, we are very pleased to announce the re-signing of Dwayne Allen," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement. "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. His genuine love for the people of this community, its fans and for the game of football is what makes him special."

In 2015, Allen, who was coming off a 2014 season with a career-high eight touchdown receptions, was counted on to block because of poor offensive line play. That played a significant part in why Allen had only 16 receptions on 29 targets last season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Colts reporter Mike Wells contributed to this report.