Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Patriots trading with Colts for TE Dwayne Allen

Patriots trading with Colts for TE Dwayne Allen

The trade was reported by, among others, ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport before Allen confirmed the news himself.

One year ago, the Colts signed Allen to a four-year deal, $29.4 million deal.

Allen isn't coming off a great season, with just 406 yards on 35 catches, but he is a good red-zone threat and a good blocker.

At tight end, the Patriots also have Rob Housler under contract, and they tendered exclusive rights free agent Matt Lengel yesterday. This is the second straight year the team has traded for a tight end, as they acquired Bennett via trade last offseason.

Gronkowski has been injured often during his seven-year career and Allen is more than a suitable insurance policy.

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Allen signed a four-year, $29 million contract with the Colts before the 2016 season, but he became expendable after the emergence of Doyle, who signed a three-year, $19 million deal with the Colts on Tuesday. Allen, 27, is locked up through 2019 and has cap hits of $4.9 million in 2017, $4 million in 2018 and $7.4 million in 2019.

The Patriots can never have enough tight ends, it seems.

As for the Patriots, the addition of Allen pretty much means there's a zero percent chance that Bennett will be returning to New England in 2017.

In five seasons, Allen has sprinkled flashes of brilliances with periods of mediocrity.

The Colts must have been ready to move on from the tight end - and judging from what they got from New England - they were likely considering cutting him. In 2014, Allen tied for the team lead with eight touchdown catches.

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