Patriots send fourth-rounder to Colts for TE Allen

Tight end Dwayne Allen is on the move after the New England
Patriots and Indianapolis Colts agreed to a trade on Wednesday.

The Patriots are sending their fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft
to the Colts, who packaged a sixth-round pick in April with Allen
to complete the deal.

Allen signed a four-year, $29.4 million deal last spring to remain
with the Colts, but the former third-round pick (2012) was made
expendable due to the emergence of Jack Doyle in 2016. Doyle signed
a contract with the Colts last week.

The Patriots could lose Martellus Bennett in free agency and Allen
is capable of being a full-time starter in a system that often uses
tandem tight ends — provided Rob Gronkowski recovers from a second
back surgery.

The move is not official until Allen passes a physical and trades
cannot be finalized until Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, when the new
league year officially begins.

Allen is due $4.9375 million in 2017 and $5 million in 2018 before
the deal jumps to $7.4 million in 2019.

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