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Dolphins sign Ex-Patiriots veteran TE Dwayne Allen

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Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen did not stay unemployed long after New England released him. And, it’s the new regime in Miami that has decided to bring in the veteran tight end signing him to a two-year deal Saturday.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter had the info on the contract:

Allen played the last two seasons with the Patriots, but made very little impact in 2018. He had only three receptions for 27 yards in the 13 games he played a year ago. Allen was active for all three postseason games, including Super Bowl 53, but did not see a catch in any of them. New England and QB Tom Brady have obviously alwasy favored using Rob Gronkowski, especially in red-zone situations.

Allen, a seven year veteran and former Indianapolis Colt, originally signed as a free agent with New England in 2017. This was after a 2016 season, where he had 35 catches including six for touchdowns from Andrew Luck, as Indianapolis made the playoffs.

New coach Brian Flores in Miami has brought Chad O’Shea from the Pats offensive assistants, as his new offensive coordinator. So, there’s the obvious connection as to why they want the veteran Alan to be part of their tight end unit.

The Dolphins used two draft picks on tight ends last year, including Penn State’s Mike Gesicki in the second round. Gesicki is a tremendously athletic pass-catching tight end, but had little to no impact in coach Adam Gase’s offense a year ago for the Fins.

Of course, the larger looming question is: who will quarterback in Miami? This as, we still await the Dolphins to likely release veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill.  If and when that happens, they must decide what to sign free agent or trade for a veteran. Or, the Dolphins could obviously also take a quarterback at the #13 spot in the upcoming draft or even in a second-round, etc.

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