New England has acquired tight end Dwayne Allen, he confirmed in a tweet. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots are sending a fourth round pick to the Colts in exchange for Allen and a sixth round pick.
Allen, who turned 27 last month, is also capable as a pass catcher.
Allen had re-signed with the Colts for four years worth $29.4 million with $16 million guaranteed last season.
Allen joins a roster that also includes six-year veteran Rob Housler, who was signed to a futures contract in January. Because of that, the Patriots can keep him on the field in all situations, and they could have the luxury of spelling Gronkowski if necessary.
The New England Patriots appear to have given themselves another weapon to complement tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Instead of paying Bennett $9 million per year, the Patriots will only be on the hook for $4.94 million in salary and bonuses for 2017.
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Allen will replace Bennett, who was acquired past year in a trade with the Bears. In 2014, Allen tied for the team lead with eight touchdown catches. His contract expires in 2019.
Allen, at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, is one of the top blocking tight ends in the NFL.
Allen isn't Gronkowski or Bennett as a receiver, but he's a starting-caliber player, and he'll receive far more snaps than Lengel or Williams would have in the offense.
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.
On the one hand, it's a good move for the Colts to be able to get something for Allen, a guy who clearly had been disapointing since his rookie season.