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Tight End Coby Fleener Joins Saints

Colts' second-round pick in 2012 agrees to $36-million contract.

When the Indianapolis Colts committed a four-year, $29.4-million contract to tight end Dwayne Allen Monday, the move increased the likelihood that Coby Fleener would be headed elsewhere as a free agent.

A few hours after the beginning of free agency Wednesday, Fleener agreed to a five-year, $36-million deal with the New Orleans Saints.

The Colts had selected Fleener with the first pick in the second round in 2012 whereas Allen was taken a round later. And while Allen fought through injuries for part of his four seasons, Fleener doubled Allen’s production with 183 receptions for 2,154 yards. He also had 17 touchdowns, four more than Allen.

But the Colts considered Allen the more complete tight end, a better blocker than Fleener, who also dropped his share of passes. Fleener had a career-high 54 receptions in 16 games, 11 of them starts, last season. But his yardage dropped off from a career-best 774 in 2014 to 491 and he had just three touchdowns, five fewer than the year before.

The Colts used Allen more as a blocker, so his production dropped dramatically, too. His new contract was considered somewhat of a surprise, considering Allen had just 16 receptions for 109 yards and one score last year. His four-year totals: 91 catches, 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Tight end Jack Doyle, a restricted free agent, was also given a one-year tender for $1.6 million by the Colts.

The Saints, who traded one of the NFL’s best tight ends in Jimmy Graham to Seattle last year, had an obvious need at the position after Benjamin Watson signed with Baltimore on Wednesday.

So Fleener goes from playing with his Stanford teammate, quarterback Andrew Luck, to Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

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