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This past season he caught 35 passes for 406 yards and six touchdowns.

The 27-year-old posted a career-high 45 receptions for 521 yards as a rookie in 2012.

"I'm both humbled and excited for the challenge ahead of earning the right to be called a New England Patriot", he wrote. He earned the respect of many of his teammates by playing through an ankle injury initially suffered on October 9.

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They also reportedly signed free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore to an undisclosed deal rumored to land around $14 million annually. Bennett won his Super Bowl and there are multiple teams in free agency that are willing to pay much more than the Patriots for his services.

There's a touch of irony in Allen's landing spot, as the Colts originally drafted him and Coby Fleener to emulate the New England tandem of Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Perhaps the possibility of trading Allen was actually what prompted the Colts to re-sign Doyle last night. John Clayton of ESPN suggested the Colts will be active in pursuit of a starting corner in free agency, with Stephon Gilmore (Buffalo) and Logan Ryan (New England) potential targets.

With Martellus Bennett due to leave for greener pastures, the Patriots have identified his replacement as Rob Gronkowski's sidekick. For the Colts side of the trade, head over to Stampede Blue.

If all of the picks included are for 2017, the Patriots and Colts are swapping the 137th overall pick and the 200th overall pick for Allen.

2016 Stats: Jack Doyle: 59 catches, 584 yards, 5 TDs in 16 games.

Going from the fourth to the sixth round, the Patriots dropped down about 60 spots in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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