Breaking New England Patriots News: Team Trades For A Tight End
According to Ian Rapoport and a number of reports the New England Patriots have made a trade with the Indianapolis Colts for tight end Dwayne Allen.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
Allen will fill the back-up tight end role as Martellus Bennett is expected to leave the team as he is seeking an $8+ million dollar per year contract. Allen signed a 4-year deal prior to the start of last season with the Colts and will be under contract through the 2019 season.
His salary with be $2.5M, 4.5M, and 6.9M with the final year likely be a potential restructure for the Patriots. We are unsure of the exact return the Colts will receive for Allen but the expectation is a late round draft pick given the money the Patriots are taking on in the contract.
Taking a look at his numbers he has shown potential and caught 6 touchdowns last season and had a healthy 67% catch rate. The Patriots needed to go and get a solid back-up tight end given the injury history of Rob Gronkowski and with the weak free agent tight end market this was the way to go for the Patriots.