Allen will sign a two-year, $7 million deal with the Dolphins, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. It didn't take long for the veteran free agent to find a new team following his release from the Patriots, as Allen nearly signed with the Ravens before ultimately locking in a two-year pack with the AFC East rival just days later. The team's 2018 second-round pick, Mike Gesicki, headlines a talented but unproven tight end depth chart. meaning Allen will likely reprise his role with the Patriots as a blocking specialist, albeit with a different team.
Allen is scheduled to head to Baltimore and Buffalo on Tuesday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. Allen has wasted no time after getting released by the Patriots on Monday. The veteran tight end had 13 receptions and one touchdown during his two-season stint in New England.
Allen was released by the Patriots on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The veteran tight end was due a base salary of $6.4 million in 2019, which seemed to make this move a mere formality considering Allen had just 13 receptions total in the past two seasons. There's a possibility Allen could return to the Patriots for less money, but with a deep pool of potential replacements either via free agency or the upcoming draft, the 29-year-old might see a lukewarm response from other teams on the open market.
Allen didn't draw any targets while playing 21 of 72 offensive snaps Sunday in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. As usual, Allen was limited to a blocking role during his time on the field and finished the postseason without any targets. Allen is under contract through 2019 but probably won't be in store for a significant role in the Patriots' passing game even if top tight end Rob Gronkowksi opts to retire over the offseason.
Allen (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chargers, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Allen will play through a minor knee injury versus the Chargers. Expect the veteran tight end to take rotational snaps behind Rob Gronkowski, and see most of his usage as a blocker.
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