Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ex-Patriots TE Dwayne Allen Joining Another AFC East Squad

Ex-Patriots TE Dwayne Allen Joining Another AFC East Squad

Signing Allen is a solid move for the Dolphins, who lack a consistent threat at the tight end position.

The former Patriots tight end played behind Rob Gronkowski and was used in running situations for the most part.

Allen was a cap casualty in New England as he was under contract for $7 million cap hit which is why the Patriots released him.

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He originally signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the franchise after a five-year run New England that ended in 2017. Amendola and Patricia spent a half-decade together in New England before both left for more money elsewhere in 2018.

He was targeted only 26 times as a receiver in his two years in New England and caught 13 of those targets for 113 yards. He had a scheduled base salary of $6.4 million for the 2019 season. He made only three receptions but has 139 career catches and 20 touchdowns. He will likely compete with 2018 second-round pick Mike Gesicki for Miami's starting tight end job.

Dwayne Allen has found a new team, and he didn't even need to leave the division.

Smythe, the team's fourth round pick last April, was drafted with the hope that he could become a high-level National Football League blocking tight end, his strength at Notre Dame. Allen is a better blocking tight-end than he is in the passing game and with MarQuies Gray hitting free agency, Allen will step into that 2nd tight-end role while Durham Smythe develops.

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