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Coby Fleener’s average comes in lower than Dwayne Allen’s

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When the Colts gave tight end Dwayne Allen a four-year deal worth $7.35 million per year, most assumed that Colts tight end Coby Fleener would get more elsewhere.

Fleener, who has twice as many career receptions than Allen in their four years together with the Colts, will earn an average of $7.2 million on a five-year deal with the Saints.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Fleener will receive $8 million to sign, along with a fully-guaranteed base salary of $800,000 for 2016 and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $5.8 million for 2017. Of his $6.3 million base salary for 2018, $3.4 million of it is guaranteed for injury only. The $3.4 million becomes fully-guaranteed on the third day of the 2018 waiver period.

Fleener has a non-guaranteed base salary of $6.3 million in 2019, along with a $500,000 roster bonus due in March 2019 and up to $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses. He also has a non-guaranteed base salary of $6.4 million in 2020, with the same $500,000 roster bonus due in March 2020 and up to $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

The deal also includes $100,000 annual workout bonuses in 2017 through 2020.

The full guarantee at signing is $14.6 million, and the deal pays out $8.8 million in 2016, $14.7 million through 2017, $21.1 million through 2018, and $28.5 million through 2019. In contrast, Allen gets $12 million in 2016, $17 million total through 2017, $22 million through 2018, and $29.4 million through 2019.

Obviously, Allen also will get back to the market one year earlier than Fleener.

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23 Responses to “Coby Fleener’s average comes in lower than Dwayne Allen’s”
  1. iusears says: Mar 9, 2016 10:53 PM

    Fleener can’t block. Allen can do things Fleener can’t and can do everything Fleener can. If the lint wasn’t so bad Allen would have many more receptions.

  2. Seprix says: Mar 9, 2016 10:53 PM

    Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are average Tight Ends. They both weren’t any good in fantasy football. I know that’s not a great reason to claim that these two aren’t good, but I will stand by what I say.

  3. indymarc says: Mar 9, 2016 11:02 PM

    Most Colt fans agree with keeping Allen. Great blocker and he can catch. The question… Can Dwayne Allen stay healthy? In the meantime Coby Fleener has average hands and might be the easiest person in the NFL to tackle.

  4. uglydingo says: Mar 9, 2016 11:03 PM

    Andrew Luck lost 2 good targets today. There are not a lot of decent TE’s in this year’s Draft. I sure hope Indy has a plan as they sit on their hands. Luck has relied on his TE’s more than most QBs.

  5. remembertheagenda says: Mar 9, 2016 11:04 PM

    Fleener = Stone Hands and Girly Hair. #goodriddance

  6. croghan1919 says: Mar 9, 2016 11:06 PM

    A million here, a million there.
    Pretty soon, you’re talking about real money.
    Cripes!

  7. jetsfaninindy says: Mar 9, 2016 11:14 PM

    Allen is not the better of the 2. Reason being, he his injury prone. Also, he is a 6th lineman. Colts messed up. Fleenor will have huge stats with Brees!

  8. thermanmerman99 says: Mar 9, 2016 11:44 PM

    Indy sitting on their hands? They went on a signing spree last year and what good did it do? No matter what the Colts do, this website and no life patriot fans will slam them.

  9. veddermn8 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:00 AM

    Fleeners snap count have declined last 3 yrs and he is not used in red zone that much anymore. He is more athletic but a worse blocker as well.

  10. lucasblack12 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:19 AM

    I think he will benefit from a tight end friendly offense, I can’t judge him fully as a player in the nfl because he has had the same mediocre coach Pep Hamilton as his offensive coordinator since college.

  11. redstar504 says: Mar 10, 2016 1:28 AM

    Fleener is going to light it up the saints had so many balls that got left out of the end zone because the targets were 5’10”. Drew would see them open but he had to put it high to avoid the picks. Now with a big catching TE and Hooman doing the blocking the 2 TE set is back. If only Spiller can get cranking sky is the limit.

    He isn’t going to be Jimmy Graham but NOLA’s RedZone efficiency is going to go up, up and considering the defense they are Gonna need it to score every time to get wins.

  12. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 10, 2016 1:35 AM

    i been reading the comment sections on this website. allen is better than fleener imo. but the upvotes were on the side of fleener, indicating colts fans preferred him.
    again i wish the saints had got allen or ladaraius green, but dont play smh

  13. iknoweverything2 says: Mar 10, 2016 1:45 AM

    Colts fans are gonna be mad. Fleener will be a top tight end this year with Brees! Brees loves a good tight end…lol

  14. dickensbslim says: Mar 10, 2016 3:40 AM

    Many Colts fans have an irrational hatred of Fleener for some strange reason. Even when he made quality plays, they’d just keep ripping him. Didn’t matter that Allen actually had a worse drop rate and we still couldn’t run for crap even with his blocking. We’ve got some of the most stubborn fans in the sport and for them, the story is written on Fleener and Allen regardless of what reality is going to play out.

    New Orleans is smart enough to utilize Fleener properly. Pep wasn’t. Alot of yardage got left on the field because we ran slow developing routes instead of more seams and verticals with Fleener. Expect a lot of system excuses for when Fleener puts good numbers up because a bunch of us literally can’t give the dude credit.

  15. bigwinintx says: Mar 10, 2016 4:06 AM

    One guy just cited Fantasy Football as a reason Fleener and Allen were “average Tight Ends”.

    Football is now officially on life support…

  16. crush22 says: Mar 10, 2016 6:55 AM

    Seprix says:
    Mar 9, 2016 10:53 PM
    Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are average Tight Ends. They both weren’t any good in fantasy football. I know that’s not a great reason to claim that these two aren’t good, but I will stand by what I say.
    ————————-
    Allen was out pretty much all last year.
    Do your homework.
    I will stand by what I say.

  17. killercolt says: Mar 10, 2016 7:38 AM

    Uglydingo wth u talkin about? Colts lost Fleener not both TE. Allen has only missed 6 games in last two yrs…check it I am right. Like Fleener but man Coby was an easy tackle. Remember last couple yrs Indy’s OC was Stanford’s OC and Coby got more targets, now Chud installing his O I guarantee DA gets more targets

  18. rm1369 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:14 AM

    The only people expecting Fleener to make more than Allen on an annual basis are those who know nothing about the two players and just look at their stats. Allen is a more complete player – better at run blocking, pass protection, has better hands, and uses his size better. Fleener is taller and faster. Because of injuries I think it’s surprising Allen received more guaranteed money, but the higher average salary shouldn’t be a surprise.

  19. whodatgirl504 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:20 AM

    I like the pick, we need size and speed back at TE position and he is playing with a much better quarterback with better talent around him so I see a big year. Like someone said earlier, not many TEs in this draft so best case scenario since we lost Ben Watson. Sean Payton will make this dude a star.

  20. honeybadger14 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:20 AM

    Fleener has a case of the drops. Pittsburgh signing Ladarius Green was a nice acquisition.

  21. veddermn8 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:34 AM

    Fleeners snaps have gone down the last 3 years and he doesn’t seem to get as much play in the red zone as Allen. Probably because Allen is seen as the better blocker.

  22. obsession55 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:43 AM

    redstar504 says:
    Mar 10, 2016 1:28 AM
    Fleener is going to light it up the saints had so many balls that got left out of the end zone because the targets were 5’10”. Drew would see them open but he had to put it high to avoid the picks. Now with a big catching TE and Hooman doing the blocking the 2 TE set is back. If only Spiller can get cranking sky is the limit.

    He isn’t going to be Jimmy Graham but NOLA’s RedZone efficiency is going to go up, up and considering the defense they are Gonna need it to score every time to get wins.

    ——————————————————————

    You have obviously never watched Fleener play. You would think he’s 5’10 by the way he goes after balls, especially in the red zone. And if you breathe on him, he falls down. Other than that…nice signing!

  23. 5against1 says: Mar 10, 2016 10:20 AM

    Colts kept the right man. DA may not be the vertical threat that Fleener can be, but he’s by far the more complete TE. Fleener blocks like a 180 lb WR, has a terrible case of alligator arms, and could be tackled by an earthworm. I had high hopes for him when they drafted him, but man…what a disappointment.

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