dglobalnews.com Dwayne Allen to be traded to New England Patriots
Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Dwayne Allen to be traded to New England Patriots

Dwayne Allen to be traded to New England Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts are trading tight end Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots, an National Football League source confirmed to IndyStar.

According to Schefter, the Patriots sent a fourth-round draft pick to the Colts and received a sixth-rounder in addition to Allen. Allen's 45 receptions his rookie season in 2012 show that he also can catch the football.

The Colts, who picked Allen over Fleener (who signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent) last season, picked Jack Doyle over Allen this year. But on the other hand, it looks like a good trade for the Patriots because Bill Belichick is a master at getting the most out of his players.

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With Allen on the roster and Bennett reportedly expecting to earn $9 million annually on the open market, it appears the Patriots are saying goodbye to their entertaining and talented Super Bowl-champion tight end. Doyle signed a contract with the Colts last week. Removing his 2013 season, which was restricted to one game due to a hip injury, Allen has averaged 31.3 catches for 357.8 yards per season over his career. He helped New England win Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons, emerging as the No. 1 tight end once Gronkowski got hurt mid-season.

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. As long as Josh McDaniels is the offensive coordinator in New England, he'll want to use his two tight end sets to help make things easier for quarterback Tom Brady in the passing game. That made him one of the 10 highest-paid tight ends in the NFL.

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