New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is one of the many Saints players scheduled to hit free agency as an unrestricted free agent in the 2012 NFL offseason. It's possible however that Colston might wind up being a former Saint, as the Saints have made no attempt to re-sign Colston according to a report by Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.
It's possible Marques Colston will be a former Saint in the near future. The Saints have made no attempts to re-sign the star wide receiver up to this point. The front office has been pre-occupied with trying to work out a new deal for Drew Brees. If the Saints can't sign Brees, they likely will use the franchise tag on him, giving them one less way to retain Colston. Also complicating the issue is the pending free agency of guard Carl Nicks. Given the cash outlay this team will be facing, the Saints may have to choose between Colston and Nicks.
Not only do the Saints have to worry about Colston, but as Pompei mentioned Carl Nicks is also set to be a free agent along with quarterback Drew Brees. Obviously Brees is the main priority for the Saints, but there is only so much money the team can spend on bringing back their own free agents and Nicks and Brees will likely command the most money and Brees could be a target for the Saints' franchise tag designation.
Colston has picked up at least 1,000 receiving yards in every year of his six-year career, except for the 2008 NFL season, in which Colston played in just 11 games dealing with injuries. Colston was originally drafted by the Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Hofstra, as most teams had Colston pegged as a tight end/wide receiver tweener player.
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