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Report: Saints expected to release Marques Colston

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 29: Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints rushes past Andre Hal #29 and Kareem Jackson #25 of the Houston Texans in the second quarter on November 29, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis recently called wide receiver Brandon Coleman the “heir apparent” to Marques Colston in the Saints offense and it appears Coleman is going to get his chance to prove Loomis right pretty soon.

Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports that the Saints are expected to release Colston “in the coming days.” The move would clear $3.2 million from the Saints’ salary cap, although there would be $2.7 million in dead money left behind.

That money left on the cap stood as a reason to think that the Saints might try to get Colston to stick around at a lower salary, but Colston’s 2015 season provided reason to move on. He caught 45 passes for 520 yards in 13 games and has gradually slipped away from being the dangerous target he was early in his Saints career.

Colston opened that career by catching at least 70 passes for more that 1,000 yards in six of his first seven seasons while adding 58 touchdown catches. He helped New Orleans win a Super Bowl along with guard Jahri Evans, who has already been released by the Saints as they move further away from the most successful days in franchise history.

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33 Responses to “Report: Saints expected to release Marques Colston”
  1. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 23, 2016 2:33 PM

    7-9 next year.

  2. paulieorkid says: Feb 23, 2016 2:34 PM

    Watch out for Brandon Coleman – he’s set to go blow torch with Brees gunning and Cooks taking up the doubles.

  3. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 23, 2016 2:36 PM

    The league could use a few hundred more guys like Colston.

    Great player for years, never whined, and never got in trouble. I really enjoyed watching him.

  4. boobsmcgoo says: Feb 23, 2016 2:36 PM

    Thanks, Marques. A real professional.

  5. mrgroovesd says: Feb 23, 2016 2:36 PM

    Chargers could use you to be opposite of Keenan Allen.

  6. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:39 PM

    …always like Colston. It will be strange to see him suit up for another team.

  7. eljefedelmundo says: Feb 23, 2016 2:46 PM

    Mar-ques!!!!

    Stay breaux, you have always been auxsome.

    Loomis- my office, now!

  8. 87hollywoodhorn says: Feb 23, 2016 2:47 PM

    Noooooo!!! RIP dat boi

  9. mattryansnoodlearm says: Feb 23, 2016 2:49 PM

    Thanks for the memories #12.

  10. dude2424 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:52 PM

    He’s going to be missed. One of the most humble and classiest guys in the NFL. Hard to believe he never made a Pro Bowl.

  11. cfoodgumbo504 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:59 PM

    A true professional!! All you wanna be superstars, this is a TRUE role model of how to act on and off the field!!!! Did his job, scored many touchdowns was a team player and, never an off field incident. Thank you Colston for the memories!!

  12. sbdt says: Feb 23, 2016 3:01 PM

    This is one that I knew would happen eventually but still don’t want to accept. I’m honestly not over them letting go of Pierre Thomas yet.

  13. gmangg65 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:02 PM

    Wow. Didn’t realize he’s been playing that long. Always liked him-a Bears fan.

  14. saints12013 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:02 PM

    I’ll always remember the ridiculous catch he made against San Fran in the playoffs for a TD. People should hope their kids grow up to be like Colston. Great person…….

  15. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Feb 23, 2016 3:02 PM

    Come to Foxboro Marques. Thouugh you’d have to change your #.­čÖé

  16. 87hollywoodhorn says: Feb 23, 2016 3:10 PM

    ^man they’d make brady change his number. number 12 means the sledgehammer seam route, aka Colston. smh

  17. eljefedelmundo says: Feb 23, 2016 3:31 PM

    So who do we have left?

    Brees can throw it it to Payton I suppose.

    Loomis can block…

  18. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Feb 23, 2016 3:36 PM

    Tough time to be a WR. Lots of young talent out there.

  19. Straight Cash Homie says: Feb 23, 2016 3:41 PM

    Definitely one of the best WR’s ever to never make a Pro Bowl. As many have said the Quiet Storm is exactly what you would want in a receiver. Made the difficult catches everywhere on the field, great locker personality/leader, great teammate and never one of those diva me, me, me guys, and no off the field problems. He’s in the top 5 list with Drew for QB/WR touchdowns all time and not to mention all of this from a small school 7th round pick out of Hofstra. Good luck to you Colston in whatever the next step of your career/life takes you. Just don’t become a Falcon.

  20. dberce1 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:49 PM

    Not a single fan, player, or media member could ever have a bad thing to say about Colston. That’s called being a professional, kids.

  21. ariani1985 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:51 PM

    Release gate!

  22. junkmtb says: Feb 23, 2016 3:53 PM

    We’ll take him! Signed Panther Fan!

  23. floratiotime says: Feb 23, 2016 3:56 PM

    Thanks for everything, but we can only afford Drew now.

  24. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 23, 2016 4:13 PM

    As long as Drew gets his money he could care less if there’s anyone to block for him or anyone to throw it to.

  25. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 23, 2016 4:16 PM

    Some team will pick this guy up and be very happy to have him. He may not be a #1 but he could probably be a #2 or at least a #3. You can’t convince me he can no longer contribute to a team.

    If nothing else he could be a good role model for other young receivers. I didn’t know the guy very well but like most everyone else in this thread, I never heard anything negative about him. The NFL needs more guys like this guy.

  26. jfcol says: Feb 23, 2016 4:29 PM

    This is all on Drew and his greed. Fitting that he has lost yet another one of the playmakers that made him who he is.

  27. doe22us says: Feb 23, 2016 5:20 PM

    At the height when he was dominant, you knew who Brees was looking for when they hit that Red Zone. Nice player.

  28. corduroy88 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:57 PM

    Hofstra represent! Colston was a top tier WR for a chunk of years and an even better person.

  29. lscratchingthesurface says: Feb 23, 2016 6:12 PM

    Come to KC! Maclin on one side Colston on the other and Kelce….. Wow!

  30. captainwhodat says: Feb 23, 2016 9:26 PM

    hopefully, you will hook up with another team and get to go out on your own terms. Not an Aint’s fan, but enjoyed watching you play…

  31. jerlee7 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:37 PM

    Headline shoulder read Drew Brees counts money while another teammate gets cut.

  32. goawayeverybody says: Feb 24, 2016 11:10 AM

    Marques Colston singlehandedly derailed the Saints season two year ago with a costly fumble in the first game against the Falcons.

    Overrated piece of garbage.

  33. sb44champs says: Feb 24, 2016 3:45 PM

    This is all on Drew and his greed.
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    Super Bowl 44 Champions!! Yes!!!

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