And the Patriots have a way of maximizing talent, as they did with Bennett past year after acquiring him in a trade with the Chicago Bears.
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots have traded for Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.
One year ago, the Colts signed Allen to a four-year deal, $29.4 million deal.
Allen was a third-round draft pick in 2012 and had an impressive rookie season, with 45 catches for 521 yards and 3 touchdowns. While Doyle was achieving career highs with 59 receptions, 584 yards and five touchdowns, Allen finished with 35 catches, 406 yards and six TDs.
The #Patriots are trading for #Colts TE Dwayne Allen. Wow.
The New England Patriots appear to have given themselves another weapon to complement tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Pats want 2 first-rounders for Jimmy G
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network says the Patriots might be looking for two first round picks in exchange for Garoppolo. In those two games, he completed 42 of 60 passes (70 percent) for 498 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
Gronkowski has been injured often during his seven-year career and Allen is more than a suitable insurance policy.
Allen, an effective blocker and big-bodied redzone target, has three years and just over $17 million remaining on his contract. The Patriots likely had no interested in keep Bennett around if they need to pay him in the range of Gronk, who is by far the best tight end in the National Football League when healthy.
Instead of paying Bennett $9 million per year, the Patriots will only be on the hook for $4.94 million in salary and bonuses for 2017. He helped New England win Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons, emerging as the No. 1 tight end once Gronkowski got hurt mid-season.
As for the Patriots, the addition of Allen pretty much means there's a zero percent chance that Bennett will be returning to New England in 2017.
No sooner did the Indianapolis Colts lock up one tight end than they made a decision to part ways with another.
That led the Colts to deal Allen.