(Via Ric Tapia/NFL)
At 4:24 PM, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network dropped a bombshell on us Patriots fans. No, it wasn't a Hightower update or anything big. It was just another sneaky, under-the-radar move by Bill Belichick.
The Patriots acquired tight end Dwayne Allen and a sixth round pick from the Indianapolis Colts for a fourth round pick.
(Those of you with a sharp memory might recall that this trade was exactly what brought Martellus Bennett to New England, and that worked out alright.)
Allen, who is 27, is signed through 2019 due to an extension he signed with the Colts in March 2016. The Pats will have to pay him $5 million in both 2017 and 2018, helping out their already excellent cap situation. That number increases to $7.4 million in 2019.
Primarily a blocking tight end, Allen recorded 35 receptions for 406 yards and 6 touchdowns last season. His 6'3", 265 pound frame will help out in the blocking game, and while not as big in both height and weight as Bennett (who he will naturally be compared too in New England) he makes up for that with his strength.
This also means that unless something totally unforeseen happens, Bennett will take the money and get out of New England with his ring. And with Allen as his replacement already in town, it looks like the Patriots offense won't miss him too much.