The Indianapolis Colts lost another starter in free agency today, as the New Orleans Saints signed former Colts tight end Cony Fleener to a five-year deal. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $36 million, which will pay him an average of $7.2 million per season.
It's a great fit for Fleener, who now gets to play with Drew Brees in Sean Payton's offense. The Saints are routinely among the best passing offenses in football, and Fleener is a good receiving tight end. Though he does have limitations as a blocker and in making plays after the catch, he should have quite a bit of success in New Orleans. Jimmy Graham and Ben Watson have both found success from the tight end position in that offense with Brees, and Fleener could step right in and fill that role.
Fleener was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Stanford, where he played with Andrew Luck. During his time with the Colts, he has played in 60 games (not missing one since his rookie season) and has caught 183 passes for 2,154 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has been one of the most reliable targets for Luck in recent years, but the team opted to keep Dwayne Allen - the better overall tight end - over Fleener. Fleener has done a good job as a receiving tight end, however, and the Saints seem like a great fit for him.