New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston looked like he was destined to hit the free agency market on on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, the official start of NFL free agency, but the Saints made a last second push and locked up the talented receiver for five more years.
Scoopage: Take 1 name off the list of free agents set to hit the market today. Saints have just agreed to new 5 yr deal w WR Marques Colston— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 13, 2012
After hitting quarterback Drew Brees with the franchise tag, it didn't look like the Saints would be able to keep Colston, but the two sides were able to work out a new contract extension. Colston was expected to draw plenty of interest as a free agent, being one of the top receivers available, but the Saints made sure they locked up their leading wide receiver.
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