Thursday March 10th, 2016

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a five-year deal with tight end Coby Fleener, the team announced.

Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 first reported the news.‘s Ian Rapoport reported the deal is worth $36 million.

Fleener, who spent his first four seasons with the Colts, gives Drew Brees a tall target over the middle, standing 6'6". He will replace Ben Watson, who departed for the Ravens. The Saints and Brees had success with 6'7" Jimmy Graham at tight end from 2010–2014.

Fleener caught 54 passes for 491 yards and three touchdowns last season, his third straight year with 50 catches. The Colts frequently deployed him in tandem with Dwayne Allen, who agreed to a four-year deal this week to remain with the team.

The SI Extra Newsletter Get the best of Sports Illustrated delivered right to your inbox

The Colts drafted Fleener in the second round out of Stanford in 2012, pairing him with college teammate Andrew Luck.


SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.