Former Steelers tight end Nick Vannett finds yet another NFL home, signing a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Vannett spent the 2020 season in Denver, recording only 14 catches for 95 yards in 15 games. He was released by the Broncos last week. The 28-year-old Ohio State product, who has been nicknamed “Baby Gronk” for his size, is now hoping he can find a team to stick around with for a few years in the Saints.
The Saints will be Vannett’s 4th NFL team as he enters his 6th season in the league. Vannett was traded by the Seahawks, who drafted him with the 94th pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, to Pittsburgh in the middle of the 2019 season. He caught 13 passes for 128 yards while with the Steelers.
Vannett’s attempt at a career resurgence will now come with a Saints franchise that is entering the post Drew Brees upon the future Hall of Famers retirement announcement last month. Taysom Hill is slated to be the Saints starter for Week 1 of the 2021 season. Vannett’s best individual season came in 2018 when he posted 29 receptions for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns.