INDIANAPOLIS – New Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard made his first major move of his new tenure with the franchise on Wednesday. Yes, he signed tight end Jack Doyle yesterday to a new three-year deal, but today, his first major move was made. The Colts agreed to trade tight end Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots, yes those New England Patriots, for their fourth round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The Colts also sent their sixth rounder as well.
Basically, Allen and this year’s sixth round draft pick to New England for their fourth rounder.
Right now, it seems like a brilliant move. The Colts now have three fourth round picks in this year’s draft which could significantly move the needle on the defensive side of the ball. It also unloads a player who was a big disappointment here. Allen, struggled to catch the football as he constantly was among the worst for dropped passes. That mixed with injuries and horrible penalties, made his tenure in Indianapolis an underwhelming one.
The 27-year old Clemson player only had 126 catches for 1,451 yards and 19 touchdowns. One of his best years was this past one where he had six touchdowns for the season. Three of those though came on Monday Night Football in December at the NY Jets.
Now, Allen can potentially get a new start in New England where you know the Patriots will not put up with his butterfingers and costly penalties. They will also force him to stay healthy or he will be searching for a new team.