BOCA RATON, Fla. — Chuck Pagano wishes there wouldn’t have been a decision to make.
If there wasn’t a salary cap and he had unlimited resources, he would have gladly brought Coby Fleener back to Indianapolis and continued to allow him to be a key piece in one of the NFL’s more prolific offenses. But there is cap and resources are limited, so the Colts made the decision to pursue Dwayne Allen at tight end and let Fleener walk on down to New Orleans.
But there is cap and resources are limited, so the Colts made the decision to pursue Dwayne Allen at tight end and let Fleener walk on down to New Orleans. Sure, the Colts coach would rather have both guys in his building, but he’s happy with the one he was able to retain.
“We want them all back. Love our team and love everyone of those players,” Pagano Today’s football you have a certain amount of resources. I’m happy for Coby. I’m happy we got Dwayne back. He’s a great combo guy, gives you versatility there. He’s one of the better blocking tight ends in the league.”
Pagano also thinks Fleener ended up in a situation that will suit his talents. He believes that in New Orleans’ offense, which typically targets tight ends on 25 percent of the passing targets each season, his former tight end will continue to grow and put up big up numbers.
“I’m very happy for Coby and the contract that he got and the new team that he’s with,” Pagano said. “He’s with a great organization and a great coach in Sean Payton and he’ll flourish in that system down there.”
After signing Fleener to a five-year, $36 million contract, the Saints are hoping for the same.