New Orleans Saints add veteran tight end in free agency

Nick Vannett. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Nick Vannett. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints were forced to let Jared Cook walk who was going to most likely ask for more than the Saints would be willing or able to pay him. He was coming off a two-year, $15 million contract that the team couldn’t keep up with.

After also releasing Josh Hill, the team was down to second-year tight end Adam Trautman and a couple of tight ends who no one knows. With this being one of the positions on offense that can be improved, they capitalized on that opportunity.

Nick Vannett found himself in the free agency pool after being cut by the Denver Broncos barely 24 hours ago. The New Orleans Saints quickly and correctly jumped on and capitalized on this opportunity and signed the five-year tight end to a three-year deal.

The Saints are at it again in free agency. This time, they add former Broncos tight end Nick Vannett to complement Adam Trautman.

The extent of the contract and the monetary value have not been released yet, but we do know this, the Saints must have seen something special in Nick Vannett to offer him a multi-year deal with the black and gold.

Vannett was drafted out of the Ohio State University by the Seattle Seahawks in 2016. He ended up playing three and a half seasons in Seattle before they moved on. During his time there, he caught 48 passes for 463 yards and four touchdowns.

During the 2019 season, the Seahawks traded Vannett to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he would play the remaining half of that season. He reeled in 13 passes, 95 receiving yards, and one touchdown with Pittsburgh in only 13 games.

Vannett signed with the Denver Broncos on a 2-year, $15.7 million deal in 2020. He started 11 games in Denver catching 14 passes for 95 yards and one touchdown. Just a day ago, Vannett became the most recent cap casualty of his team.

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What is one team’s loss though is another team’s gain. The Saints will look to employ Vannett and Adam Trautman in the coming season adding enormous depth to the position. Just like that, one hole on the offense has been filled.