Today, the New England Patriots reached a deal with the Indianapolis Colts to acquire tight end Dwayne Allen, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The Patriots will be sending a fourth-rounder to the Colts in exchange for Allen and a sixth-round pick, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Now, with the Patriots picking up the hard working tight end, this officially ends the return of Martellus Bennett. Bennett turned down a big deal during the season. Allen is actually a better backup to Gronkowski, as the former Clemson product is one of the league’s better blocking tight ends that has really never been utilized properly in the receiving game by the Colts, which Tom Brady will have no trouble getting him the ball in Foxborough.
In addition, this past season was the first solid season Allen has had on the stat sheet since the 2014 season. He picked up 35 catches on 52 targets for 406 yards and six touchdowns. He had a catch percentage of 67.3, which was the highest he has produced since his rookie season (68.2%), which was back in 2012.
Honestly, what Indianapolis was paying Allen led him to becoming expendable, plus with the re-signing of Jack Doyle, it had an impact as well. The Colts can now use Allen’s money towards re-signing versatile defender Darius Butler.
Finally, Allen signed a four-year, $29.4MM deal with the Colts one year ago today. Allen is set to carry a $5.937MM cap number in 2017, which is cheap for a solid player like Allen.