The Patriots made their first surprising move of the 2017 season before it officially began, trading with the Colts for tight end Dwayne Allen, reportedly for a late-round draft pick.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
Allen signed a four-year contract extension last offseason worth $29 million, but had an up-and-down season grabbing 35 catches for 406 yards and six touchdowns. Allen played five years in Indy, never topping his rookie total of 45 catches.
Now it seems clear that Martellus Bennett is likely gone, as expected. Allen gives the Pats another option behind Rob Gronkowski and above Matt Lengel. We saw how vital it was to have a second tight end who could be depended on if Gronkowski went down, which he did. Bennett was a great all-around tight end who mitigated the damage of not having Gronk did.
Bill Belichick on Colts TE Dwayne Allen: “I’ve been impressed with his blocking. One of best blockers [at TE] we’ll see.”
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 10, 2014