TE Dwayne Allen
When the Patriots traded for Dwayne Allen, last offseason, the assumption was that he’d replace the aforementioned Bennett.
This was not the case.
Allen, 28, played 16 games for New England in 2017, hauling in 10 catches for 86 yards and one touchdown.
Although his receiving production was underwhelming, Allen was a solid blocker for the Pats. In Week 12, his run blocking earned praise from head coach Bill Belichick on a 22-yard run by Rex Burkhead.
Allen found his niche in New England as the season went on, however, his pay far outweighs his production. According to Spotrac, his $5 million cap hit in 2018 is higher than wide receivers Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. He has a potential out in his contract after 2017, with no dead cap hit.
It’s apparent that Belichick values Allen as a blocker but he could be asked to take a pay cut to stay with the organization.