Fleener (concussion) may be released this offseason, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Fleener has been a massive disappointment through two seasons of a five-year, $36 million contract, managing only 72 catches and five touchdowns in 27 games for the Saints. His release would be a no-brainer move if not for the fact that $3.4 million of his $6.3 million salary for 2018 is guaranteed, per overthecap.com. The Saints nonetheless figure to angle for a pay cut or release, though they may have to wait for the tight end to pass a physical after he finished 2017 on injured reserve due to a concussion. Given his inconsistent performance and worrisome concussion history, the 29-year-old tight end likely would be met with tepid interest on the open market.
Fleener suffered the fifth (at least) concussion of his career in last Sunday's loss to the Rams and had already been ruled out Week 13, but the team isn't taking any chances. The 29-year-old will finish the 2017 season with 22 receptions for 295 yards. The Saints brought in Garrett Griffin to bolster their tight end depth with Fleener gone for the year.
Fleener (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Fleener's troubling history with concussions -- he said that the one he suffered in the Week 12 loss to the Rams was the fifth of his career -- always made it rather unlikely that he would be able to avoid any missed time. Indeed, after being held out of practice throughout the week and failing to make much progress through the NFL's protocol, Fleener will be sidelined for the first time this season, paving the way for Josh Hill to serve as the Saints' starting tight end Sunday.
Fleener (concussion) isn't in line to play Sunday against the Panthers, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The Saints have yet to formally rule Fleener out for Week 13, but that seems inevitable with the tight end still in the concussion protocol after taking a hard hit to the head in last week's loss to the Rams. Fleener revealed after the contest that it was the fifth diagnosed concussion he's sustained during his career, so given that troubling history, it's certainly possibly he could be staring at a multi-game absence. With Fleener out of commission for at least the game versus Carolina, look for Josh Hill to serve as the team's clear top tight end for that contest.
Fleener (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.
Fleener said the concussion he suffered in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Rams was the fifth of his career. In light of that information, it would be a surprise if Fleener is available Week 13 against Carolina. An absence would leave a few more targets and snaps for Josh Hill, who has mostly worked ahead of Fleener in recent games with the exception of obvious passing situations.
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