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Tom Benson: Few Saints have had class and dignity of Marques Colston

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 16: Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass intended for Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

When the Saints released guard Jahri Evans last month, coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis offered statements filled with praise for a player who had a key role during the best run in franchise history.

The Saints released another player like that when they dropped wide receiver Marques Colston with a “failed physical” designation in a move that saves them more than $3 million under the cap. The move hit the NFL’s transaction wire on Monday, but the team formally announced it Tuesday with more gushing statements like this one from owner Tom Benson.

“There have been very few players in our franchise’s history that have represented this team with the class, dignity and performance of Marques Colston,” Benson said. “In the locker room, on the field and in the community, Marques has always been a true professional, a role model and a winner who played a significant role in our team becoming a perennial contender that won a Super Bowl. On behalf of our team, I wish Marques and his family nothing but the best and they will always be an important part of our organization.”

Loomis and Payton shared similar sentiments and Colston thanked the Saints for “a dream come true” in a statement on his website. Colston closed it by saying he looks forward to the next chapter of his career, although doesn’t say if he wants that next chapter to be an 11th season as an NFL player and first with a team outside New Orleans.

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25 Responses to “Tom Benson: Few Saints have had class and dignity of Marques Colston”
  1. patsbrat says: Mar 1, 2016 2:32 PM

    Nice positive story that basically says that as a Saint, Colston has been a saint.

  2. sbdt says: Mar 1, 2016 2:35 PM

    I’m 40 years old and he’s my favorite Saint, if that’s any indication.

  3. drewzducks says: Mar 1, 2016 2:42 PM

    He could’ve stopped the sentence at “dignity”.

  4. beerbudsnbevo says: Mar 1, 2016 2:43 PM

    Well if you are a past or present Saints player, how does that make you feel hearing that?

  5. daytontriangles says: Mar 1, 2016 2:44 PM

    I’ve always liked Colston. When he scores, he acts like he’s been there before. That’s rare these days unfortunately.

  6. floratiotime says: Mar 1, 2016 2:45 PM

    But Drew needs the cash … so he has to go.

  7. fwippel says: Mar 1, 2016 2:45 PM

    Great career for a guy drafted in the final round. I hope he lands in the right spot and has a few more good years.

  8. tcostant says: Mar 1, 2016 2:48 PM

    Those early years, he was always fantasy football gold, always under drafted.

  9. robf2010 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:51 PM

    All Saints fans are sad to see him go.

  10. savethebs says: Mar 1, 2016 2:52 PM

    Not a Saints fan but always a Colston fan. I’m sure he’d want to go somewhere to win but I’d be 100% ok with the Titans making a run at him as a solid veteran presence for our young WRs. Him or Anquan Boldin.

  11. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:53 PM

    ….Mr Benson….YOU should personally hire him and have him coach up some of your ungrateful family members. They sure need it the way they’ve been torturing you.

  12. whodat5150 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:59 PM

    Marques Colton has EARNED all the accolades that are coming his way. He’s had some great years for our Saints but the last two years have been filled with too many easy passes that were either bobbled or outright dropped. I wish him well in whatever direction life takes him.

  13. argh88 says: Mar 1, 2016 3:01 PM

    And look where it got him, cut as a cap casualty because Drew Bree’s needs $30M

  14. cartrasuma says: Mar 1, 2016 3:12 PM

    What about Darren Sharper?

  15. ninjapleazee says: Mar 1, 2016 3:22 PM

    So if he’s such a great player why not restructure his contract and let him retire a Saint. Stay classy Benson.

  16. jerlee7 says: Mar 1, 2016 3:25 PM

    Drew Brees has to keep every nickel. Bye bye Colston. Drew Brees team player.

  17. idpfantasyfootball says: Mar 1, 2016 3:26 PM

    Mr Benson later announced that he had added Marques Colston to his will.

  18. sb44champs says: Mar 1, 2016 3:33 PM

    So if he’s such a great player why not restructure his contract and let him retire a Saint. Stay classy Benson.
    ===================
    Maybe because Colston isn’t yet ready to hang up the cleats..

  19. sb44champs says: Mar 1, 2016 3:34 PM

    Colston is the best but he had alligator arms the last couple years… Didn’t want to take the hits anymore

  20. boisestatewhodat says: Mar 1, 2016 3:40 PM

    I’m with sbdt…I am almost 40 years old and Marques Colston is without a doubt, my favorite Saint of all time. He is a rare and refreshing presence in a league full of hot headed divas!

  21. nolahxc says: Mar 1, 2016 3:49 PM

    So sad that he never made a pro-bowl.

  22. ariani1985 says: Mar 1, 2016 4:26 PM

    He can thank Drew for the release!

  23. doubleogator says: Mar 1, 2016 5:26 PM

    Stop blaming Drew Brees, he was also instrumental in Colston having a great career. With that said Colston was always a real professional…

  24. 2dat says: Mar 1, 2016 6:43 PM

    It is also Drew Brees fault that the Saints have been near or at the top of the NFC the last 10 years. For all of you that “Think” Brees contract is such a problem you need to look up overthecap.com and check out the other QB’S cap numbers. I’d take Brees any day of the week over those closest to his current number.

  25. kevbronson says: Mar 1, 2016 8:05 PM

    So does being cut, due to a failed physical, screw him out of money? I’m guessing he will sign with the Bears and report to camp in the best shape of his life.

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