Saints Sign TE Coby Fleener To Five Year Deal
A day after losing Ben Watson to the Ravens, the Saints signed tight end Coby Fleener to a five year deal worth $36 million.
Fleener came into the league with his college quarterback, Andrew Luck, but the combination never really lived up to the lofty expectations. He's known more as a pass catcher, hauling in 183 catches and 17 touchdowns in his four years in Indianapolis. At the age of 27, he's a lot younger than the 35 year old Watson, but he will be expected to perform making more than seven million a year.
We knew the Saints were going to pull the trigger on a free agent, but who saw this coming? Probably even Adam Schefter (who broke the story, of course) was caught off guard.
Here's your new pass-catching tight end, Who Dat Nation. At very least, he sounds happy to be in New Orleans.
If the Saints can get Fleener to play like he did in 2014 (774 yards, 8 TD's), they replace Watson's production from last year (825 yards, 6 TD's). The main cause for concern was his dip in numbers last season (491 yards, 3 TD's), and health wasn't a factor.
He's a second round draft pick who still has the potential to play like one for the Saints. Some fans might have expected Mickey Loomis and company to replace Watson at a cheaper price, but they better get comfortable with Fleener. He'll be here for the next five years.