$10,000,000 trio: Branch, Allen, Thompson sign deals worth $10.81 million

The Clemson Sports Blog

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Nearly two months after defensive end Andre Branch signed a $5.09 million four-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, tight end Dwayne Allen and defensive tackle Brandon Thompson came to terms with the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively.

The contracts of the three former Tigers total $10.81 million. Both Branch and Allen were second-round picks, while Thompson was selected in the third round.

Branch’s contract with the Jaguars included a $2.14 million signing bonus.

Allen’s four-year, $3.08 million deal with the colts included a signing bonus of $703,304. The deal has an option for a fifth year.

“It’s a great feeling to get this out of the way and behind me,” Allen said. “Now I get to focus on football because that’s what I love to do. The Colts did a great job as well as SportsTrust who represents me in getting this thing done as quickly as possible so I can get to training camp in time.”

At Clemson, Allen caught 93 career passes for 1,079 yards and 12 touchdowns, including 50 receptions last season – a school record for a tight end. He won the John Mackey Award last year as the nation's top player at his position.

Thompson’s four-year contract with the Bengals will play him a total of $2.64 million and included a $521,200 signing bonus.

Thompson started 37 games for the Tigers over his final three seasons and finished his career with 208 tackles, including 22.5 for loss.

All three former Tigers are currently competing for starting jobs with their teams.

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