Patriots Release Veteran Tight End Dwayne Allen
By Kevin Duffy
FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots are moving on from veteran tight end Dwayne Allen.
The team informed Allen of his release, according to several reports. It was the expected move, as Allen was due to earn a base salary of $6.4 million in 2019. With free agency set to open in less than two weeks, the Patriots are making efforts to maximize their cap space.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news of Allen’s release.
The Patriots now have pass-catching tight ends Stephen Anderson and Jacob Hollister, as well as second-year pro Ryan Izzo, behind Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski’s future remains undecided as he contemplates retirement.
During his two years in New England, Allen served mostly as a blocker. He caught 13 passes for 113 yards as a Patriot.
The team will almost certainly add a tight end in free agency or via the draft. This year’s group makes for an interesting draft class, headed by Iowa’s duo of T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant.