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Report: Patriots make trade for Colts TE Dwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen
Ethan Sears
Written by Ethan Sears

The New England Patriots are trading for Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

This move indicates that the Patriots will move on from current tight end Martellus Bennett, who caught 55 balls for 701 yards last season. Bennett, a free agent, reportedly turned down a $7 million extension before the season began. Jeff Howe reports that New England owes Bennett $5 million this season and next with $7.4 million due in 2019.

Allen had 35 receptions for 406 yards in Indy last season. The trade also puts a lot of trust in Rob Gronkowski’s health, as Allen will be unlikely to replicate Bennett’s production should he have to carry the load at tight end.

As for the Colts, it makes sense for Indianapolis to move on from Allen with fellow tight end Jack Doyle re-signed (more on that here). Though we don’t know the return, getting assets for Allen, whom the Colts no longer need, is a win.

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Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.