Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Colts to trade Dwayne Allen, sixth-rounder to Patriots

Colts to trade Dwayne Allen, sixth-rounder to Patriots

The New England Patriots have traded for Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, according to multiple reports.

Schefter reports the Colts will also send a sixth-round pick to New England in the deal. He's considered one of the NFL's better all-around tight ends and caught 35 passes for 406 yards and six touchdowns past year.

Indianapolis re-signed tight end Jack Doyle, who was second on the team in both receptions (59) and receiving yards (584).

Allen is 27 years old and has three years left on contract for about $17.4 million.

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Allen was a third-round draft pick in 2012 and had an impressive rookie season, with 45 catches for 521 yards and 3 touchdowns. Not that it should surprise anyone, but the Allen acquisition practically ensures that free agent Martellus Bennett won't be back in New England. The Patriots will pay him $5 million in 2017, $5 million next year and $7.4 million in 2019.

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. The Patriots, however, were light on tight ends, as they had only Matt Lengel and Gronkowski on the roster. That made him one of the 10 highest-paid tight ends in the NFL.

The move is not official until Allen passes a physical and trades can not be finalized until Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, when the new league year officially begins.

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

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