The Saints and receiver Marques Colston worked out a new deal on Tuesday, only a few hours before the launch of free agency. Colston says he had no interest in hitting the market.
“This was important to me, to be back with this team in this situation,” Colston said in comments distributed by the team. “I was not looking to chase free agency; it was more important for me to be back in our program, a program we have been building and a program I believe in. The Saints have been loyal to me from the beginning and I want to thank my agent Joel Segal and Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis for getting this deal done before free agency. Now it is time to get back to work and win some more rings.”
Colston, sure-handed and reliable, is only one of seven NFL players in league history to generate more than 1,000 receiving yards in five of his first six seasons. And he has continued to contribute at a high level despite knee problems.
The true value of the five-year, $40 million contract with $20 million guaranteed (supposedly) won’t be known for at least a few days. As previously mentioned, a league source tells PFT that the reported numbers are a little inflated.
As they always seem to be.
Either way, Colston is under contract with the Saints for five more years. That should make quarterback Drew Brees happy. Or, as the case may be, less pissed.