Perhaps it's time to close the book on Martellus Bennett’s time in New England, as the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Patriots have agreed to trade for Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, which was confirmed by Tom E. Curran. Adam Schefter reported shortly after that the Patriots will send a fourth-round pick to Indianapolis for Allen and a sixth-rounder.
A pass-catching tight end who turned 27 last month, Allen had 35 receptions (a career high) for 406 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games last season. His most touchdowns came in the 2013 season, when he caught 29 passes for 395 yards and eight touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder is entering the second season of a four-year, $29.4 million contract signed in March of 2016.
Allen was one of two tight ends the Colts took in succession in the 2012 draft after taking Andrew Luck, with Coby Fleener being selected 34th overall and Allen going with the 64th pick.
It would stand to reason the Patriots are acquiring Allen to replenish their tight end group for if and when Bennett departs in free agency. Mike Giardi reported at the opening of the legal tampering period Tuesday that Bennett was receiving ample attention from other teams in his search for a contract that pays $9 million annually.
Bennett, 29, had 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.
The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.
10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.
Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion.
The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.
Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.
1:20 - Despite throwing a depleted roster out there, the Celtics were able to get back in the win column vs. the Magic. Michael Holley and Tommy Heinsohn break down the win.
6:17 - Finally, the Patriots have done something! On Friday night it was reported that New England signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn as well as running back Jeremy Hill. Tom Curran, Alex Giaimo and Ben Volin discuss the impact these additions will have on the team.
11:05 - While the Celtics were able to pull out the win on Friday, the team did announce that Marcus Smart is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. A. Sherrod Blakely expresses his optimism on Smart’s return for the playoffs.
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