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Saints Agree To Terms With Free Agent TE Coby Fleener

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After the departure of Benjamin Watson to the Ravens yesterday, the Saints appeared to be heading towards 2016 without a dynamic pass-catcher at the tight end position. All that changed today when the free agency period started.

Coby Fleener Excelled in the Colts Offense the Last Few Seasons
Coby Fleener Excelled in the Colts Offense the Last Few Seasons
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The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with free agent Coby Fleener on a 5-year deal, according to Fox Sports. Fleener spent his first 5 years in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, catching 17 TDs in Indy, while also racking up 2,154 yards.

The deal comes on the heels of former Saints TE Benjamin Watson, coming off a career year, joining the Baltimore Ravens. Watson either set new or matched career-highs in catches, yards and TDs last year in New Orleans, finishing with 74 catches and 825 yards to go with 6 touchdowns.

Yesterday, the Saints also locked down tight end Michael Hoomanawanui for the next three years before he could hit the open market at 4 PM ET today. Hoomanawanui proved to be a multi-dimensional player in Sean Payton’s offense last year, often lining up in the backfield as extra protection for Drew Brees.

The addition of Fleener could prove to be what the Saints have been looking for in terms of a young, dynamic TE. New Orleans has been devoid of a dynamic pass-catcher from the tight end spot since the departure of Jimmy Graham. Graham, who was traded to Seattle, often would line up in the slot as a receiver, something the young, quick Fleener can potentially do in this Saints offense.