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New Orleans Saints nab free agent tight end Coby Fleener

By Alex Butler   |   March 9, 2016 at 7:54 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, March 9 (UPI) -- Coby Fleener fled Indianapolis for New Orleans Wednesday, signing a five-year deal with the Saints.

The tight end was the odd-man-out in Indianapolis, after the team gave big bucks to fellow tight end Dwayne Allen. The Saints forked out $36 million for the 27-year-old, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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The Colts selected Fleener in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In four seasons, he has 183 receptions for 2,154 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Fleener wrote Twitter messages addressing both the Colts and Saints Wednesday.

"@Colts fans: Thank you for the support and the memories over the past 4 years! Indianapolis was a great place to start my @NFL career," Fleener tweeted.

"@Saints fans: I'm excited to join your outstanding team. I can't wait 2 get started working toward bringing a Championship to NOLA! #WhoDat," Fleener tweeted.

Benjamin Watson, who tied a career high with six scores last season with the Saints, signed with the Baltimore Ravens Wednesday.

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