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By LARRY VAUGHT
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming off a career year, but Jacob Tamme doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect that to change where heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be playing football next year.
The former Boyle County and University of Kentucky standout signed a four-year deal with Indianapolis in 2008 and has one year left on the contract after catching 67 passes forÃ‚Â 631 yards and four scores last season when he got to start eight games.
Rumors have surfaced that he could be traded to another team in need of a tight end since all-pro Dallas Clark will be back with the Colts next year and recovered from the broken wrist that ended his 2010 season in October and turned Tamme into a starter instead of a special teams stalwart like he had been for two years.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I definitely expect to be back in Indianapolis. There are always rumors and things like that,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Tamme. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is business and you never know what could happen.Ã‚Â I understand that. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t control that type of stuff.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have one more year on my contract. As a player, you just prepared to play. I plan to be back here and make another run at the Super Bowl. I have been really blessed to be part of good teams for three years and be part of aÃ‚Â great organization.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Tamme said heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not talked to team officials, or even his agent, about his future since the Colts were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Jets.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“After we got beat in the playoffs, you go into a hole for a few weeks and kind of forget that football exists. Other wise, it hurts too much,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is so disappointing when you put a lot of work into a year and do not go to the Super Bowl.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am just focused on once our offseason gets going to get healed up. I am excited to become the best player I can be. I feel like I can be an even better player. I did a lot of good things this year, but I can be better at whatever role it is that I have. At this point, I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what my role might be, but I definitely plan on being back here based on everything I know.Ã¢â‚¬Â