Patriots trade for TE Dwayne Allen as Martellus Bennett says goodbye

10 March, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Patriots trade for Colts 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. While Doyle was achieving career highs with 59 receptions, 584 yards and five touchdowns, Allen finished with 35 catches, 406 yards and six TDs.

Bennett headed to New England previous year, also via trade, and emerged as one of the best players on offense for the champs. Allen is 27 years old and has three years left on contract for about $17.4 million.

Rob Gronkowski is returning from back surgery and Matt Lengel will return to provide depth at the tight end position.

Martellus Bennett was always likely to leave the New England Patriots as a free agent, but now it's official.

Allen took to Twitter to thank the Colts organization and talk about his excitement for going to New England. It's been an honor wearing the horseshoe and representing the Colts on and off the field.

The Jets released Marshall less than a week ago, making him eligible to sign with any team before the start of free agency.

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There's a touch of irony in Allen's landing spot, as the Colts originally drafted him and Coby Fleener to emulate the New England tandem of Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

Doyle, 26, made a smooth transition from being known as a blue-collar tight end and third on the Colts' depth chart to an all-around player who was arguably their best tight end last season.

The Patriots owe Dwayne Allen $5 million in cash in 2017, $5M in 2018 and $7.4M in 2019.

Stay tuned to for more information on the Colts offseason.

NEW ENGLAND placed a first-round tender on restricted free agent Malcolm Butler, according to several reports. That shouldn't be the case, of course, but it's an approach that makes Allen sound like a member of the Patriots before he's even set foot inside their facilities. The team recently re-signed Jack Doyle, who becomes the primary tight end.


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