The Patriots acquired tight end Dwayne Allen from the Colts on Wednesday.
A source confirmed to FOX59's Chris Hagan the Colts have traded veteran tight end Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots.
The Colts re-signed tight end Jack Doyle on a three-year deal Tuesday, while the Patriots are set to lose Martellus Bennett to free agency on Thursday.
The 27-year-old has 126 receptions for 1,451 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Patriots may look to pair Allen with Gronkowski on the field. In a piece headlined, "Patriots' greatest free-agent impact starts with Matt Forte, Dwayne Allen", the case was made why Allen would be a ideal complement to Gronkowski as a 1-2 tight end punch.
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The New England Patriots appear to have given themselves another weapon to complement tight end Rob Gronkowski. Allen, on the other hand, is due $5 million in both 2017 and 2018, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.
Bennett didn't exactly light up the stat sheet for the Patriots, catching 55 passes for 701 yards with seven touchdowns, but he played through numerous painful injuries and was valuable insurance when Rob Gronkowski went out with a back injury. Perhaps the possibility of trading Allen was actually what prompted the Colts to re-sign Doyle last night. His contract expires in 2019. That made him one of the 10 highest-paid tight ends in the NFL.
Allen doesn't have the receiving pedigree of Bennett.
On the one hand, it's a good move for the Colts to be able to get something for Allen, a guy who clearly had been disapointing since his rookie season.