Signed to a two-year contract worth $7 million in 2020, Allen battled injuries from the moment he arrived and ultimately did not play for the Patriots at all last year, and was reportedly released with a failed physical designation. Allen’s 2021 cap hit was slated to be just over $3 million, and perhaps the writing for his release was on the wall following the Patriots’ signings of defensive linemen Henry Anderson and Davon Godchaux to two-year contracts.
Lee, meanwhile, was also released having never played a snap for the Patriots.
One of the Patriots’ bargain-bin wideout signings in 2020, Lee said all the right things about the Patriots being the ‘perfect’ place for him to put himself back on the map after some injury woes in Jacksonville, but opted out of the 2020 season in August due to COVID-19 concerns. And similar to Allen’s situation, Lee’s Foxborough exit was likely a mere inevitability following the free agent additions of Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne.
The Patriots now have over $30 million in available cap space following the release of both Allen and Lee, according to Patriots cap expert Miguel Benzan, though that number does not factor in all of the Patriots’ recent signings.