8 recent New Orleans Saints free agent signings that just didn’t pan out

Leigh Oleszczak
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7. Coby Fleener

In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Colts selected tight end, Coby Fleener, in the second round with the hopes that pairing him with his college quarterback, Andrew Luck, would lead to many, many touchdowns in Indianapolis.

Fleener had over 2,100 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns during his four years with the Colts but he was never the dominating tight end that the organization was hoping for when they spent a second-round pick on him.

When the Saints signed Fleener in the 2016 offseason, it felt like a great move to try and replace Jimmy Graham. Instead, Fleener never showed what once made him a second-round pick.

While Fleener’s first year in New Orleans was okay (50 catches, 631 yards, three touchdowns), the second year was plagued with injuries and inconsistencies. Fleener had just 22 catches for 295 yards and two touchdowns in 2017 and was released from the team following that season.