Ahead of free agency, the New England Patriots elected to cut backup tight end Dwayne Allen. Allen, entering the final year of his deal, was set to have a $7.3 million cap hit, so the Patriots elected to part with him to free up some salary cap space.
However, Allen didn't last on the free agent market long and multiple reports, including NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry and ESPN's Josina Anderson, have indicated that he has landed with the Miami Dolphins.
Brian Flores, Chad O’Shea and Co. reuniting with Dwayne Allen. https://t.co/IxNhPtyajA— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) March 9, 2019
And according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Allen's deal will be a two-year, $7 million deal.
The #Dolphins and TE Dwayne Allen agreed to terms on a 2-year deal worth $7M, source said. A nice payday for a locker room leader and good guy.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2019
The Dolphins are a sensible landing spot, as new Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea both were members of the Patriots' coaching staff last year. Allen should seamlessly fit into their offense and will give the Dolphins a solid blocking tight end with receiving capabilities.
As for the Patriots, they will explore adding another tight end to help back up Rob Gronkowski. They have already demonstrated an interest in some of the top tight end prospects in the draft.
Additionally, the team just swung a trade for Michael Bennett and now it seems that Bennett's brother, Martellus, would be interested in joining the Patriots. Martellus Bennett had two separate stints with New England before retiring and spending last season out of the league.
The signing of Allen also marks the second consecutive day that the Dolphins have had a transaction involving a former Patriots player. The Dolphins released receiver Danny Amendola on Friday afternoon.
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