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Former Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen released by Dolphins with injury settlement

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For the second time during the 2019 offseason, Dwayne Allen has been released. This time, it was by the Miami Dolphins.

Allen, who was released by the Patriots to avoid paying the last non-guaranteed year in his contract, signed with the Dolphins to reunite with former Patriots defensive coordinator and current Dolphins head coach, Brian Flores. However, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Allen was released on cut day with an injury settlement.

During the offseason, Allen has been dealing with a knee injury that caused him to start camp on the PUP list. He didn't see a lot of action in the preseason and it's possible that he was hampered by the injury.

Allen's availability will obviously be of interest to the Patriots, as they currently have a very thin tight end room that is relying on the suspended Ben Watson and Lance Kendricks as well as Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo to make an impact for the team. While they could see if a reunion with Allen is in the cards, the veteran tight end may not be ready to play quite yet. 

Allen indicated in a recent interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson that he still needed to "heal up" from the knee injury he was dealing with.

"There are teams calling, but we will see," Allen said per Anderson. "I had an offseason knee surgery that I need to heal up from."

 

Allen would go on to tell Anderson that he would take time to think about his future before making a decision.

The Patriots should keep an eye on Allen moving forward. Even if he decides to sit out early in the season to heal, he could be a good midseason pickup to strengthen the tight end position. He was a great blocker during his time with the Patriots. While he only caught 13 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the team, he could be a more potent receiving option in a bigger role after Rob Gronkowski's offseason retirement.

And it's worth noting that at the time of his release, he wouldn't rule out a return to New England.

Either way, Allen falls into the category of players that the Patriots should keep an eye on after roster cuts. He knows the team's system and could help fill one of the team's biggest needs.

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