The Saints have added a second new face to the 2021 squad, as they've signed veteran tight end Nick Vannett to a three-year contract. As first reported by NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the team picks up some much-needed depth.
Vannett, a five-year veteran, was with the Denver Broncos last season, appearing in 15 games. He was released on Tuesday, but didn't last long. He's primarily known as a blocking tight end, which bodes well for what Sean Payton likes in his offense, but did haul in 14 catches for 95 yards and a score last season. He was originally a third-round pick of the Seahawks in 2016, selected at 94th overall out of Ohio State.
New Orleans lost Josh Hill and Jared Cook not long ago, leaving Adam Trautman and Garrett Griffin on the roster to shoulder the load. Of course, it wasn't going to always stay that way, as the Saints were needing to be more strategic in their free agency approach this offseason. You can call it 'bargain bin' shopping or whatever best equates to the situation, but the team has a ton of solid pieces in place already.
Areas of need that we might see addressed over the next couple of weeks would include cornerback, linebacker, defensive tackle, and possibly wide receiver. Be sure to check out the current state of the Saints and free agency to keep up with all the moves.