A day after signing tight end Jack Doyle to a new contract, the Indianapolis Colts traded tight end Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots.
The deal was first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Colts received a fourth-round pick in exchange for Allen and a sixth-round pick. Several others reported the deal, although the Colts and Patriots have not officially announced it.
Allen confirmed a trade on Twitter, thanking the Irsay family for “taking a chance on a kid from Fayetteville, N.C.” and saying it has been an honor representing the Colts.
“I’m both humbled and excited for the challenge ahead of earning the right to be called a New England Patriot,” Allen tweeted. “May God continue to bless the city of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Colts.”
The Colts signed Allen to a four-year, $29.4 million deal after last season, so the trade will free up additional $2.9 million in salary-cap space.
Allen, drafted by the Colts in 2012 out of Clemson, caught 35 passes for 406 yards and six touchdowns last season. He caught 126 passes for 1,451 yards and 19 touchdowns in his five seasons with the Colts. He missed all but one game of the 2013 season due to injury.
— Dwayne Allen (@Dallen83) March 8, 2017