The New England Patriots made a few changes in the offseason, and they are about to make some more. The team brought a decision on tight end Dwayne Allen.
The Patriots informed Allen that they plan to release him, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This move did not come as a surprise. Allen was set to earn $6.9 million in 2019, and that’s just too much money for someone who is not expected to do a lot on the field. The release of Allen gives the Patriots another $7.3 million in cap space. Schefter also reported that the Patriots may bring Allen back on a cheaper deal, but that will not happen in near future.
“Patriots have informed tight end Dwayne Allen that they are releasing him, per source. They have expressed an interest in signing him back for less money, but he will be free.”
Allen joined the Patriots in 2017. The Patriots traded a 2017 fourth round pick for the tight end along with a sixth-round pick from the Indianapolis Colts. Allan was planned to be a second pass catching option opposite of Gronk at the tight end position for Tom Brady. It didn’t happened.
Allen didn’t become a pass catcher in the team’s offense. In the past two years in Foxboro, he had 13 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. This is nothing in comparison to what he did as player in Indianapolis.
Allen was not productive as a receiver, but he was respected for his leadership and blocking ability. The Patriots liked him, and everything went well in the locker room. This is probably one of the reasons we have to believe that the Patriots are interested in reuniting with Allen.
This points to the possibility that the Patriots draft a tight end at the NFL Draft this year.