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Saints keep top receiver Colston with five-year deal

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Marques Colston, the No. 18 overall player on PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agency list, won’t be hitting the market after all.

FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reports that the Saints and Colston have agreed to terms on a five-year contract that will keep Colston in New Orleans through 2016.

Florio mentioned late last night that New Orleans was working “feverishly” to get Colston re-signed despite a limited amount of salary cap space. They executed.

Per NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, the deal is worth $40 million including just under $20 million guaranteed. Florio is reporting that those numbers are a bit inflated, though. He’ll have the actual financial details shortly.

Colston, who turns 29 in June, has been incredibly productive manning the slot in the Saints’ pass-first offense. He broke into the league as a seventh-round pick out of Hofstra in 2006, and has averaged over 1,000 yards per season ever since.

The top free agent receivers left on the board include Vincent Jackson, Brandon Lloyd, Robert Meachem, Reggie Wayne, Mario Manningham, and Pierre Garcon.

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46 Responses to “Saints keep top receiver Colston with five-year deal”
  1. eaglesw00t says: Mar 13, 2012 12:53 PM

    Vincent Jackson is celebrating right now.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:53 PM

    “Colston, who turns 29 in June, has been incredibly productive manning the slot in the Saints’ pass-first offense.”

    Just had to get Manning in there somehow, didn’t you?

  3. tatatoothy says: Mar 13, 2012 12:54 PM

    Great teams find ways to keep their great players.

  4. malekmj says: Mar 13, 2012 12:56 PM

    Vincent Jackson is going to get paid…..and the Megatron is going to get a BANK named after him. Maybe even on the same day?

  5. lilrob10201 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:56 PM

    Carl Nicks is as good as gone.

  6. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 13, 2012 12:56 PM

    Was really looking forward to see how this guy performed in another offense. Can’t fault him for taking that kind of money to stay home, though.

  7. raqaiw says: Mar 13, 2012 12:58 PM

    It looks like the ref is about to catch a giant football in that picture.

  8. saint4life says: Mar 13, 2012 12:58 PM

    great news, now get Nicks signed!

  9. kane337 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:59 PM

    Bounty Gate

  10. McNeil says: Mar 13, 2012 12:59 PM

    Suck it, San Francisco.

  11. jmagnet28 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:00 PM

    Good for him. He has always been about business on the field with no desire to open his mouth.

    Nice story too being a 7th round pick out of a small school like Hofstra who actually doesn’t even have a football program anymore.

    However, the dual microfracture knee surgeries do give me pause.

  12. bettis3636 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:00 PM

    IM SORRY SAINTS fans… this dude isnt worth it… Slow receivers are falling outta grace…

  13. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 1:01 PM

    Crap. One down.

  14. vonmiller58 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:02 PM

    Wow man, that’s a giant waste of money. With Drew Brees at QB you could sign or draft anybody and they would be as good as Colston. Brees makes all his WR’s better. Money would have been much better spent on Carl Nicks.

  15. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2012 1:03 PM

    While I quite like Colston as a receiver, I still don’t think I’d take him over Nicks. With Brees as your QB, no doubt you could get similar production with another WR, but replacing Nicks will not be easy

  16. KIR says: Mar 13, 2012 1:03 PM

    Can someone explain why an agent would not test the open market to see what you’re clients value is even if you’re planning on signing with the home team?

  17. tomossriceenoughsaid says: Mar 13, 2012 1:04 PM

    the best free agent wr pool since the 90′s ended up being vjax at his peak, fml

  18. tailgateheaven says: Mar 13, 2012 1:05 PM

    Thx to all who undervalued Colston. He knew to “dance with who brung’em”. Small injuries aside, as good a teammate as could be had, and above all – classy team guy, and as productive as they come. True dat!!! Pot of crawfish jambalaya on the stove tonight in your honor. Welcome back Marques.

  19. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:05 PM

    I don’t know how I keep getting this guy in the 3rd+ round of fantasy drafts, but thanks suckers. He good.

  20. KIR says: Mar 13, 2012 1:06 PM

    What if a lesser receiver is offered 55 or 60 mil with 30 million guaranteed in about 3 hours. His agent is going to look pretty incompetent.

  21. fusion3450 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:06 PM

    yea! now come on carl nicks. stay here and win another lombardi

  22. kane337 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:07 PM

    Saints needed to re-sign him so Chase Daniel have some receivers to throw to.

  23. dawsonleery says: Mar 13, 2012 1:07 PM

    Al Davis wanted to draft him in the 3rd round but was talked out of his each round, Al was told no one knew who is was and we’ll sign him as an undrafted player. Al still knew some talent. Colston has been an outstanding player for the Saints, what a steal.

  24. tybrew says: Mar 13, 2012 1:08 PM

    That’s right ..used that money before commish hands down sentence

  25. 1phd says: Mar 13, 2012 1:08 PM

    Bummer. Really wanted him in San Fran over Moss.

  26. chuckyd317 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:09 PM

    Overrated product of Breesy…

  27. rogerbrad says: Mar 13, 2012 1:09 PM

    The Texans need to sign a WR to go with Andre Johnson.

  28. cwmorga says: Mar 13, 2012 1:09 PM

    Quiet Storm! Good receiver, even better person.

  29. bigvinnyinjax says: Mar 13, 2012 1:11 PM

    So what your saying is, once again, the Jaguars hopes for getting a quality WR have been dashed??

  30. cotts1 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:12 PM

    Terrible signing. Colston is merely the product of a system. Could have been easily replaced by a mid round draft pick making the league minimum…..

  31. bigvinnyinjax says: Mar 13, 2012 1:14 PM

    “Colston, who turns 29 in June, has been incredibly productive MANNING the slot in the Saints’ pass-first offense.”

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    Wow, we can’t even get through one story without mentioning Manning can we?

  32. chaunce922 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:15 PM

    Colston is a product of his offense and is really only an average WR. Though this is still a decent signing as long as he stays productive with Drew throwing..
    Its a shame someone is gonna pay Peirre Garcon only for him to flop hes the worst on the market, teams would be better suited to pray for their “Victor Cruz” in the late draft rounds.

  33. phenom4498 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:15 PM

    Drew Brees will not be happy

  34. mvp43 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:17 PM

    He may play a few snaps at DB just to make a little extra cash.

  35. watermelon1 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:20 PM

    I really thought Colston and the Patriots were a match made in heaven. Quiet, big, sure-handed receiver. Perfect pairing with Gronkowski, Hernandez, and Welker.

    With that said, the Saints is probably just as great a fit for him. I assume this means Brees will be staying now.

    And unlike these Saints haters, I believe Coltson is worth the money and a great receiver. Brees didn’t just “make him” like Peyton Manning had done with guys like Austin Collie and Dallas Clark. The injuries are a concern, but they’re a concern for ANY football player.

  36. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 13, 2012 1:20 PM

    cotts1 says:
    Mar 13, 2012 1:12 PM
    Terrible signing. Colston is merely the product of a system. Could have been easily replaced by a mid round draft pick making the league minimum…..

     ——-

    You still have to catch the ball and the dude can catch. Glad they resigned him.

  37. turbodog1027 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:22 PM

    Colston is more valuable to Saints than another team. Brees loves him and Jimmy Graham around the goal line. Tough to cover those big tall guys in the red zone. Great move Saints. #12 still has 5 great years left in him.

  38. jaxbeachjagfan says: Mar 13, 2012 1:23 PM

    I’d be weary of those knees, but still, Colston knew he wouldn’t have the same success with a lesser QB somewhere else.

  39. conormacleod says: Mar 13, 2012 1:23 PM

    KIR says:
    Mar 13, 2012 1:03 PM
    Can someone explain why an agent would not test the open market to see what you’re clients value is even if you’re planning on signing with the home team?
    ——————————————-
    Hitting the open market is always a risk. There have been numerous times when a player tested the market only to find out the market didn’t want him. If the player is happy being there, and the offer is solid, like this one, then everybody wins.

  40. besdayz says: Mar 13, 2012 1:27 PM

    Wow man, that’s a giant waste of money. With Drew Brees at QB you could sign or draft anybody and they would be as good as Colston. Brees makes all his WR’s better. Money would have been much better spent on Carl Nicks.

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    no need to mess with the chemistry of a superbowl caliber passing game.

    colston is a 1000 yd consistent wr who doesn’t drop balls, catches near 8-10 tds a yr, keeps his mouth shut, and is the great blocker.

    I’ll take him over most of the divas out there.

    The details of the contract will show that its worth in reality just near 30 mill with an extra 6-8 mill tacked on as unlikely incentives like pro bowls and all pro status which although he may be deserving, he won’t likely attain b/c the saints spread the ball around to graham, moore, sproles, etc

  41. cdsaints says: Mar 13, 2012 1:27 PM

    Lot’s of wanna be GM’s on here giving their worthless opinion on what Colston is or isn’t “worth”.

    Glad to see #12 back with the Saints!

  42. besdayz says: Mar 13, 2012 1:29 PM

    This is his 2nd contract extention, 3rd contract with the same team that drafted him.

    That should tell you how well thought of he is in the organization, by Brees, by the fans. Quiet storm. 1100 yds, 10 tds, 80 rec and will shut your face without uttering a word or making a gesture.

  43. ikoikofinanay says: Mar 13, 2012 1:46 PM

    Great signing!!! For those who question his knees – or any other part of him – just remember, he broke his collar bone AND. RETURNED TO BE PRODUCTIVE IN 2 WEEKS!! He’s a fast healing beast of a guy. Welcome back Marques. Come on Carl let’s go get another one of those Lombardis!!! Sign!!

  44. duncanthecat says: Mar 13, 2012 1:54 PM

    Sometimes it takes Danny’s plane on the tarmack to get front offices to open their pocketbooks.

    Not to worry the plane will lift off with our new starting Guard.

  45. SOBEIT says: Mar 13, 2012 2:05 PM

    McNeil says:
    Mar 13, 2012 12:59 PM
    Suck it, San Francisco.
    ________

    You still lost to us with him. And now with your lower payroll due to cheating, not to mention bounty gate, the ones who will be sucking it are the Aints and Aints fans. Get the bags ready.

  46. eaglesw00t says: Mar 13, 2012 2:36 PM

    SOBEIT says:
    Mar 13, 2012 2:05 PM
    McNeil says:
    Mar 13, 2012 12:59 PM
    Suck it, San Francisco.
    ________

    You still lost to us with him. And now with your lower payroll due to cheating, not to mention bounty gate, the ones who will be sucking it are the Aints and Aints fans. Get the bags ready.

    —————————

    Dont sweat what people say to you. I honestly think Moss will have a monster year. Crabtree will also benefit from him being on the field. Davis also benefits, and sees more space in the middle. Then the safetys back up, and Gore gets more yardage between the Ts.

    The 49ers will be right back at the top of the NFC this year. I wish I were a fan. They have one of the best LB duos I can recall seeing in a very long time. Great time to be a 49er fan. They built a solid team, and they seem to have some solid leadership now.

    Im jealous, to say the least.

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