Bennett reportedly wanted $9 million per year moving forward, and with Rob Gronkowski's massive contract, that seems almost impossible.
Former Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen is being traded to the NFL's defending champions, according to multiple reports.
Allen caught 35 passes for 406 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games for the Colts a year ago. Allen has three left on the $29.4 million contract he signed last off-season, but the Colts paid almost $12 million of that sum in the deal's first year.
The New England Patriots appear to have given themselves another weapon to complement tight end Rob Gronkowski. It is possible that they traded for Allen, who can be his replacement at the tight end position if he decides to leave.
Allen was a third-round pick by the Colts in 2012 out of Clemson. Both the Colts and Patriots still should be considered possible landing spots for tight ends in this year's draft-that class is loaded. While most teams are too busy worrying about which high-priced free agent they are going to overpay next, the Patriots sneak in and make a fantastic addition to their roster for an extremely low cost.
Allen is also capable as a pass catcher.
Doyle shared time with Allen last season, but was still on the field for 68 percent of the team's snaps, including 55 percent of the pass plays. My current 16-game projection is 88 targets, 62 receptions, 641 yards, and seven touchdowns.
Should Oakland end up landing versatile and talented Bennett in free agency, they'll have Belichick's free agency strategy to thank for it.
With Gilmore, the upside New England gets is an elite, lock-down cornerback with good size (6-foot, 190 pounds) and outstanding athleticism on the outside. He is due to become an unrestricted free agent after next season. He also played most of the season while battling injuries.