The New Orleans Saints officially parted ways with tight end Coby Fleener recently as they prepare for the 2018 NFL season. Unfortunately, Fleener’s chances of signing with another team are not looking too bright at this point.

His disappointing 2017 campaign was cut short after he suffered a concussion down the final stretch of the season. Head coach Sean Payton said via the team’s official website that Fleener still has yet to be cleared from the concussion protocol:

“He’s still working through the process of getting cleared and he’s still working through being without symptoms, but I also felt like for the team it was something that was going to be best for us,” Payton said.

Payton’s comments are certainly concerning since Fleener sustained the injury all the way back in Week 12. It appears he has made little progress since then, with his playing future now at stake. Needless to say, both sides have come a long way from the optimism expressed previously.

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Fleener was originally selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Following a slow start to his career, he became a fixture in the Colts’ passing attack. However, Fleener’s production was hardly enough to warrant a new, lucrative long-term contract in Indianapolis.

He ultimately wound up getting it with the Saints in the form of a five-year, $36 million deal prior to the 2016 campaign. Unfortunately, they got little return on their investment over the past couple of seasons.

Fleener would likely welcome another opportunity to prove himself once again. However, the lingering status of his health may prevent any team from expressing interest.