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Martellus Bennett says goodbye to Patriots — NFL free agency

Martellus Bennett says goodbye to Patriots — NFL free agency

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network dropped this nugget for us on Wednesday afternoon, announcing that the Patriots have traded for tight end Dwayne Allen from the Indianapolis Colts.

Schefter reports that the Colts have traded Allen and their sixth-round draft pick in exchange for the defending Super Bowl champions' fourth-round draft pick.

By acquiring Allen through a trade, the Patriots pick up the remaining three years of his contract.

New England has locked up a solid backup for Rob Gronkowski, and Allen also has the ability to play in two-TE formations or to replace Gronk if any more injuries occur.

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Dwayne Allen #83 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It can be expected that there will be more as the new league year progress, even though they already have a loaded roster.

The most expensive cap hit is $8.4 million in 2019, which is less than Bennett is now seeking per year on the free agent market.

While some Fantasy owners might want to draft Allen, who has more name recognition and is now playing with Tom Brady, you should gravitate toward Doyle, who is a potential breakout candidate. According to former Patriots executive Michael Lombardi, the team has always been high on Allen. Doyle signed a contract with the Colts last week.

With Gilmore, the upside New England gets is an elite, lock-down cornerback with good size (6-foot, 190 pounds) and outstanding athleticism on the outside. Gilmore bounced back in Buffalo's final eight games after being called out by head coach Rex Ryan, but that inconsistent play is a big red flag for the Patriots.


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