Phillips (undisclosed) reached an injury settlement with the Saints on Friday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Phillips missed the beginning of training camp after undergoing an appendectomy and then found himself on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury at the close of the preseason. The veteran tight end had five receptions for 32 yards in eight games with the Saints last season.
Phillips signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Joel A. Erickson of The Advocate reports. Phillips, who's competing with Garrett Griffin and Clay Harbor for a potential No. 4 tight end job, has recovered fully from the appendectomy that prevented him from taking part in the first two weeks of training camp. However, it isn't clear if he'll be allowed to suit up for Thursday's preseason opener against the Browns.
Phillips will re-sign with the team for the 2017 season, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports. Phillips was claimed by the Saints in November of 2016 after being released by the Broncos. In eight appearances with the team, he recorded five catches for 32 yards. He'll look to build on that performance as he continues in his role as a depth tight end in 2017.
Phillips was claimed off waivers by the Saints on Monday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports. Phillips was waived by the Broncos on Friday, but was not there long before being claimed by the Saints. Along with the Broncos, the veteran has played for the Cowboys and Chargers during his career. He will have a chance for revenge in his first game with the Saints, as they face the Broncos on Sunday. However, Phillips is not expected to do much more than add depth at tight end.
Phillips has been released by the Broncos, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. Phillips started the first three games of the season at tight end with Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman recovering from injuries. However, those two are now healthy, and the Broncos acquired tight end A.J. Derby form the Patriots prior to Week 8. Phillips likely wouldn't have seen much playing time for the rest of the year even if he was kept on the active roster.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/22||@Green Bay Packers||1||2.67|
|9||11/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||5.40|
|12||11/26||@Los Angeles Rams||12||6.00|
|15||12/17||New York Jets||22||8.00|
|17||12/31||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||5.40|
|3 Year Avg||9||7||47||1||4||6.71||10|