Patriots trade for Colts TE Dwayne Allen

Patriots trade for Colts TE Dwayne Allen

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. 

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.