Allen became expendable in the Colts' mind after they re-signed impending free agent Jack Doyle to a three-year, $18.9 million contract on Tuesday night. Since that strong rookie campaign, Allen has seen his blocking fall off quite a bit, and he's caught a grand total of 81 passes for 930 yards and 16 touchdowns (half of which came in 2014). He averaged 27 receptions the past three seasons, although he was a prominent red-zone target with 15 touchdowns in that span.
Assuming Rob Gronkowski can stay healthy, Allen would be a great foil in the Patriots offense.
Although the Patriots had interest in retaining Bennett, they were unwilling to exceed Gronkowski's deal at $9 million per season.
Allen took to Twitter to thank the Colts organization and talk about his excitement for going to New England.
Injuries have been a major storyline in Allen's five seasons with the Colts.
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According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Bills are also interested in Packers free agent tight end Jared Cook.
Allen is an extremely underrated player who the New England Patriots were able to get for an extremely fair price.
Doyle was arguably the best tight end on the roster last season.
Stay tuned to Colts.com for more information on the Colts offseason. Bennett is nearly universally viewed as the top tight end on the free agent market. He previously played with NY in 2012 where he started all 16 games.
The New England Patriots have already made one move and are said to be discussing several others as the free agency period begins on Thursday. New Indianapolis GM Chris Ballard moved up two rounds in the draft and cleared the $4.5 million he would have had to pay Allen as of next week.