Patriots To Acquire TE Dwayne Allen From Colts
In a surprising move, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport has reported that the New England Patriots are set to acquire veteran tight end Dwayne Allen from the Indianapolis Colts.
According to Rapoport, the Pats will be shipping over a fourth round draft pick to Indy in exchange for Allen and a sixth round selection.
The deal with the Colts further alludes to the fact that the Patriots will not be bringing back veteran tight end Martellus Bennett, who has reportedly asked for $9 million per year in free agency this season.
It also stands to somewhat contradict the thought process that the Pats will look to use their first round pick this season on the two top tight ends in April's draft, O.J. Howard and David Njoku.
While bringing in Allen does limit the likelihood of resigning Bennett and or drafting either Howard or Njoku, if either one is available at pick 32, it doesn't completely rule it out. I mean, who expected the team to make the kind of move to acquire the former Colt anyway.
Allen has long drew praise from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for his blocking abilities and has proved to be productive in the passing games, catching 126 passes for 1,451 yards and 19 touchdowns over his first five seasons in the league, according to Patriots Football Weekly's Paul Perillo.
Allen will be under contract for the next three seasons, after signing a four-year extension prior to last season.