Former Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen has been traded to the New England Patriots on Wednesday according to multiple reports.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Bennett totaled 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in the 2016 regular season, playing in all 16 games for the Pats.
The Patriots will owe Allen $17.4 million over the final three years of his contract. He also had eight touchdowns on just 29 receptions in 2014. With Bennett likely to strike gold in free agency, the Patriots went out and traded for another tight end.
The New England Patriots have done it again.
The Colts will enter free agency with about $50 million in salary cap space. He has also missed extensive action due to hip, back and ankle injuries over the past four years.
Bennett has always been rumored to be seeking more in free agency than the Patriots, never ones to let emotion sway their player evaluations, were willing to offer.
With last year's starting nose tackle David Parry facing multiple felony charges after his recent arrest in Arizona, the Colts could have an even more pronounced need there.
That said, Allen was outplayed by the undrafted Doyle as both a blocker and a receiver last season. New England aims to get better and is among the busiest teams in the league at this point. A fourth-round pick isn't much to give up for a reliable role-playing contributor with upside as a starter. New Indianapolis GM Chris Ballard moved up two rounds in the draft and cleared the $4.5 million he would have had to pay Allen as of next week.
In a brief statement, Allen thanked Colts ownership and looked ahead to becoming a Patriot.