National Football League free agency: Martellus Bennett says goodbye to Patriots

Per a league source, the Colts have traded tight end Dwayne Allen to New England.

According to Schefter, the Patriots sent a fourth-round draft pick to the Colts and received a sixth-rounder in addition to Allen. Bennett played in all 19 games for the Super Bowl-champion Patriots, setting a new career high in regular season receiving touchdowns with seven.

After reports of the Colts trading Dwayne Allen to the Patriots Wednesday, the 6-foot-3 tight end took to Twitter. One of his best seasons as a professional was his rookie season where he had 45 catches for 521 yards and three touchdowns.

The New York Giants have signed free agent receiver Brandon Marshall to a two-year contact. It's possible Indy was looking to move on from the tight end they awarded a four-year, $29.4 million contract to not long ago. He also played most of the season while battling injuries. The Patriots are obviously taking a risk here, as Gronkowski and Allen have combined to miss 57 regular season games due to injury during the past five years.

It's already been an eventful offseason for the Colts, who have lost outside linebacker Robert Mathis, punter Pat McAfee and offensive lineman Joe Reitz to retirement.

New England, on the other hand, moves from one underrated tight end to another to pair with Rob Gronkowski.

Allen was a third-round selection of the Colts in 2012.

Get free real-time news alerts from the Foxborough Patch. reported recently that Bennett is asking for a lucrative contract from the Patriots for him to stay. A fourth-round pick isn't much to give up for a reliable role-playing contributor with upside as a starter.

  • Stacy Allen