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Dwayne Allen sounds like he wants to bring "Patriot Way" to Miami

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Dwayne Allen sounds like he wants to bring "Patriot Way" to Miami

As "Patriots South," a term referring to the growing number of teams stockpiling former Patriots continues to grow, latest ex-Pat Dwayne Allen finds himself headed to the Sunshine State.

After being released by the Patriots, Allen reportedly had a number of "Pats rivals" interested in his services.

After taking a $7 million 2 year deal with the Dolphins, Allen says he wants to be "an agent of change" in Miami:

Via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Allen said he plans to try to bring a mindset to the Dolphins that they may have lacked in the past.

“Obviously, I would like to say that I’m a positive presence in the locker room,” Allen said. “I definitely know how culture is developed and enforced on the players in the locker room. It’s set by the head coach and reinforced by the guys in the locker room. Hopefully I can be an agent of change in that respect.”

Culture is indeed important. After examples of "bad culture" causing problems for teams, like the Steelers cracking up, and in part what happened with the Patriots last offseason, having a sound attitude and winning culture is as important as ever.

Allen came to the Patriots from the Indianapolis Colts via trade in 2017. Allen, while not a prolific pass-catching tight end, was solid in the blocking game, and helped power the Patriots' strong rushing offense in 2018.

Allen reached the Super Bowl in both of his seasons with the Patriots, so he is certainly familiar with what a winning culture is like.

With the Dolphins bringing in three former Patriots coaches this season, Miami is clearly looking to turn things around in 2019 and beyond.

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Former Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen signs with Dolphins

Former Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen signs with Dolphins

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.

And according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Allen's deal will be a two-year, $7 million deal.

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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NFL rumors: Multiple Patriots rivals have interest in Dwayne Allen as free agent

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NFL rumors: Multiple Patriots rivals have interest in Dwayne Allen as free agent

Dwayne Allen officially was released by the New England Patriots on Monday, and it's possible the veteran tight end could return to Gillette Stadium next season on one of the Pats' rivals.

Here's the latest on Allen's free agency situation, including four teams that have early interest in him, per ESPN's Josina Anderson.

The Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills both could use an upgrade at tight end, and Allen's familiarity with the Patriots' offense also could be valuable to those AFC East teams that play New England twice every season. The Dolphins just hired former Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores as their new head coach, so he certainly is familiar with Allen, who spent the last two seasons in Foxboro. 

Allen didn't make much of an impact in the Patriots' passing attack last season with just three receptions for 27 yards, but he was a very good run blocker. Allen, to his credit, has shown in the past he can be an effective receiver, evidenced by his eight touchdown catches in 2014  and six scores in 2016.

The 29-year-old tight end has totaled 139 receptions for 1,564 yards and 20 touchdowns through 86 regular-season games in seven pro seasons.

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