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Colston won’t be giving the Saints a discount

Marques Colston,  Drew Brees AP

After receiver Lance Moore opted to re-sign with the Saints as a free agent, a league source told PFT that Moore turned down more money elsewhere in order to stay with the Saints.

Another league source tells PFT that, when receiver Marques Colston hits the open market in March, he won’t be giving the Saints a hometown discount.

Colston, a seventh-round pick in 2006 from Hofstra who rocketed to NFL stardom, has served for several years as the top target on a deep and potent passing attack.  In 2008, he signed a modest three-year extension to his rookie deal, and his contract expires after the current season.

With quarterback Drew Brees in line for the franchise tag, the Saints will have no way to restrict Colston’s movement.  And he intends to go to the highest bidder, regardless of whether that’s not the Saints.

The inevitable placement of the franchise tag on Brees also ties the Saints hands regarding receiver Robert Meachem, who has shown flashes of brilliance while otherwise sharing reps and looks with Devery Henderson, Moore, Darren Sproles, and Jimmy Graham.

And while we think that Brees deserves to be paid like one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the league (because, you know, he’s one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the league), it will be harder for Brees to persuade Colston or Meachem to take less than they could get elsewhere at a time when Brees is trying to maximize his own financial haul.  Besides, Brees may not be inclined to even try unless and until he gets a long-term deal.

That’s why the smartest approach for the Saints arguably would be to bite the bullet and pay Brees, and then to use the franchise tag on Colston.

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36 Responses to “Colston won’t be giving the Saints a discount”
  1. clamnewton says: Dec 26, 2011 4:11 PM

    As a Panther’s fan, that breaks my heart. Send Jimmy Graham packing, too. That dude killed us this year.

  2. mightyleemoon says: Dec 26, 2011 4:13 PM

    The Saints probably have enough weapons that they could allow Colston to walk if it came to that.

    And now…I wonder if this comment will survive the very random approval process…

  3. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 26, 2011 4:15 PM

    As good as he is, he’ll probably be playing somewhere else in 2012. The Saints are showing a lot of fiscal prudence lately (see: Brees, Drew)

  4. outlawshark says: Dec 26, 2011 4:16 PM

    Jordy Nelson took less than he could have made to stay with the Packers. Just sayin…

  5. stadanko says: Dec 26, 2011 4:16 PM

    Carl Nicks also becomes a free agent after this year and with the emergence of Jimmy Graham and having a solid roster of other skill position playmakers, I’d argue that he’s a more important piece than Colston.

  6. jrfrom508 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:16 PM

    Come to New England bro

  7. philwauke says: Dec 26, 2011 4:17 PM

    What about Carl Nicks?

  8. mrplow3 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:18 PM

    “That’s why the smartest approach for the Saints arguably would be to bite the bullet and pay Brees, and then to use the franchise tag on Colston.”

    You are correct, this would be the smartest thing to do. Which is why I expect the Saints to franchise Brees and let Colston go.

  9. raqaiw says: Dec 26, 2011 4:18 PM

    This is one of the few times I’d say let him walk. Colston plays well,very well. But who doesn’t in this wide open,multiple personnel group offense? The real cog that makes the whole thing go is Brees. If Colston wants top 5 receiver money let him go to the places where players go to get paid to lose like the Redskins,Raiders,or Browns. My guess if after getting hung out to dry by McCoy or Grossman a few times and he’ll be wishing he’dve stayed with the Saints.

  10. sdjay76 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:20 PM

    they’ve also got t. porter and carl nicks to take care of as well. better enjoy while you can saint fans.

  11. chc4 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:21 PM

    Colston isn’t worth the franchise tag. Very good WR but not a game breaker. I wouldn’t pay him $10+m for one year. Without Brees as his QB we aren’t even discussing him as elite.

  12. saints25 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:22 PM

    franchise tag will be used on Carl Nicks….Saints will SIGN Colston,Nicksan Brees.Besides Colston My favorite Saints player”QUIET STORM”… He’ll be back…

  13. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 26, 2011 4:23 PM

    Bob McNair, you old sumbitch, you’d better be watching this closely. Pair Colston with a declining but still great Andre Johnson; then draft a stud WR in the first or second round. You’re set for several years.

    Matt Schaub would get an erection thinking about that. Or maybe I just got an erection thinking about that.

  14. 504in860 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:25 PM

    Yet another post about a Saints player’s contract situation on the day of a big game for them.

  15. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Dec 26, 2011 4:29 PM

    He’d look pretty good catching passes from Tom Brady. Come on down, or up as it may be.

  16. stadanko says: Dec 26, 2011 4:32 PM

    @mrplow3
    Yeah, that front office really doesn’t know what they’re doing. Late round picks and undrafted FA’s like Colston, Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks, Pierre Thomas, Lance Moore, and Chris Ivory really haven’t been that impressive. And lets not forget how unsuccessful they are in Free Agency by signing bums like Drew Brees, Darren Sproles, or Jabari Greer.

  17. crashdog says: Dec 26, 2011 4:40 PM

    Colston’s presence allows guys like Moore. Meachum, and Henderson to flourish as 2s and 3s. How good do you Saints fans that are saying “let him walk” think your other wideouts will be when they have to be a #1? Here’s a hint, look at Alvin Harper’s career AFTER he left the Cowboys….Some guys are #1s and some are not. You better hope you don’t have to find that out the hard way

  18. trucker2020 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:47 PM

    If the Patriots can give Ochocinco 6M$ for 1 year, surly they can open up the vault for Colston.He would give Brady a much needed target besides Welker & his 2 TE’s.
    This has to be one of Bradys best years.He’s putting up great numbers with virtually no wideout.

  19. jdandcoke says: Dec 26, 2011 4:47 PM

    this aint baseball…..nfl careers are short and nothing is guranteed. he should get as much as he possibly can….a football player’s career is always one big collision away from ending. also, colston already has a ring, so winning a championship isnt as big a deal to him as it may be to some guy who is still searching for one.

  20. neilanblomi says: Dec 26, 2011 4:48 PM

    Bree’s makes Colston better and not the other way around. If Colston doesn’t sign up with another top flight QB he will quickly become another nobody you barely hear of.

  21. clamnewton says: Dec 26, 2011 4:49 PM

    @mrplow3
    Yeah, that front office really doesn’t know what they’re doing. Late round picks and undrafted FA’s like Colston, Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks, Pierre Thomas, Lance Moore, and Chris Ivory really haven’t been that impressive. And lets not forget how unsuccessful they are in Free Agency by signing bums like Drew Brees, Darren Sproles, or Jabari Greer.

    I have to agree. The Saints are a constant contender because of all those moves. Grabbing Sprowles this offseason was yet another very smart move. Maybe the best signing of any team this year. Aside from the Bucs and Haynesworth, of course.

  22. fthrvic says: Dec 26, 2011 4:51 PM

    Colston drops way too many passes and gets hurt a little too much to warrant top receiver pay.

  23. aaroncurryisbust says: Dec 26, 2011 4:52 PM

    The $rattle $eahawks should swoop in and sign Brees to a mega deal and win the next 3 Superb Owls. If Pete Carroll can pay his players in college, he definitely can in the pros.

  24. staff2cj4td says: Dec 26, 2011 4:54 PM

    The Lions will release Nate Burleson and sign Colston to start opposite of Calvin Johnson and have Titus Young in the slot!

  25. rushbacker says: Dec 26, 2011 5:03 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Everybody knows Brees is the straw that stirs the drink in New Orleans. Those receivers are interchangeable cogs. Colston gets hurt almost every year, and I can’t remember them ever missing a beat when he’s been out.

  26. playmaker21 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:10 PM

    I like Marques Colston. But he is a system player. He is not system proof. Colston is a lot like T.J. Houshmandzadeh when he was with the Bengals. Plays outside the numbers some in 2 WR sets. But then kicks inside to the slot in 3 and 4 WR sets.

    Colston needs New Orleans and New Orleans needs him. They’ll figure out a way to get him back.

    Remember this. Both Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson are UFA’s in 2012 as well. These four, Colston, Henderson, Moore, and Meachem have played together since 2007. We will likely see this group broken up this offseason and the Saints will be looking at WR in the draft

  27. emmac13 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:11 PM

    Hope you read this Mr. Holmgren. The Browns need a veteran with talent at this position. Draft another qb with first 1st round pick and an offensive lineman with atlanta pick.

  28. beastofeden says: Dec 26, 2011 5:22 PM

    This is basically the same case with Sydney Rice. Every one looks good when they have a hall of famer throwing to them.

    Would Colston be as good if Grossman or Tavaris “Jump Pass” Jackson was throwing the ball to him?

  29. turbodog1027 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:32 PM

    Colston has bad knees and if he wants top dollar you have to let somebody else write that check. Brees makes every receiver on this team look better than they really are although Colston does make up for some high throws but his best days are behind him. Need to draft a good WR next year

  30. dkeyser says: Dec 26, 2011 6:39 PM

    I can see Henderson and Meachem staying for less money. They like Moore know what makes the Saints offensive machine go and thats Brees.. Colston can go if he likes, unless he goes to NE or GB, the grass will NOT be greener. Having said that i really really hope that Ryan Broyles slips to the Saints in round 2 of the draft. That kid would be a true star
    in that offense

  31. tdrundmc says: Dec 26, 2011 6:50 PM

    He’s not that good anyways…

  32. goawayeverybody says: Dec 26, 2011 7:26 PM

    The Eagles will try to grab him so he can be part of the Dream Team, Part Deux.

    Anyway, you know DeSean Jackson is outta there, so Colston seems like a logical replacement.

  33. cwmorga says: Dec 26, 2011 7:30 PM

    The Quiet Storm deserves his payday if he can get it. He’s a class act and has been very productive in NOLA, but is at the point in his career in which he needs that big contract and I doubt the Saints will pay up. It’s only downhill from here for a guy who will be 29 with a few knee operations by the time the 2012 season kicks off.

  34. mdd913 says: Dec 26, 2011 7:50 PM

    Would hate to see Colston leave but Graham has taken over as the big possession target and Meachem/Henderson/Arrington all have the talent to take on much greater roles at a fraction of the cost.

  35. ogre2010 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:01 PM

    Saints are going to be fine because Reggie Wayne is a free agent next year and he would love to comeback home

  36. houstonla281 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:21 PM

    I like Marques Colston but he can be replaced and I agree that Reggie Wayne would probably love nothing more than to come back to New Orleans. But Jimmie Graham has become the favorite target of Brees along with Sproles as a check down. One thing the Saints proved is that if you want to go elsewhere, they’ll replace you and keep it moving ala Reggie Bush. I understand he wants to get paid, but he’s injured every season. He has surgically repaired collarbone and knees. Colston benefits from playing in the Saints system just as much as they benefit from having him, but he’s not the fastest WR in the world not even on his team and most of the catches he makes are from Drew Brees “throwing him open” or making throws in very tight windows because he doesn’t have that gear to create that separation. So unless he goes to another QB with surgical accuracy, his production will decline severely. I like his hands but WR’s come a dime a dozen. Take care of Brees first and foremost because as long as he’s throwing the ball, it doesn’t matter who the WR is. Check out a list of these names and tell me that at least 2 of em aren’t dying to play in this high powered INDOOR offense. Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Bowe(who by the way went to LSU), Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson and Desean Jackson. I’m not a big Desean Jackson fan, but with him going deep and safeties having to account for Jimmie Graham, that could be real scary. I hope Marques stays a Saint but if he doesn’t, I won’t be too concerned.

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