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13 Mar 2012

Saints Re-Sign Marques Colston

Reported terms: five years, $40 million, ~$19 million guaranteed. Jay Glazer broke the story.

The Saints had to make a choice between Colston and Carl Nicks, and this contract seems like a decent value all things considered. Since Nicks was demanding to be the highest-paid guard in the NFL, it makes plenty of sense to go with Colston.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 13 Mar 2012

14 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2012, 2:52pm by turbohappy

Comments

1
by Drunkmonkey :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 1:00pm

Nicks is gone.

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by Drunkmonkey :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 1:05pm

http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4032/marques-colston

5 years, $40 Million, "just under half guaranteed."

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by Dan :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 1:35pm

That's a very reasonable deal for the Saints, and I bet that it'll look even better for them once we see what some of these other WRs get.

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by Sophandros :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 2:12pm

Exactly. Especially when you consider that he's been more productive than Vincent Jackson (for example) at a much lower price.

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by Kal :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 2:37pm

Well, 'these other' WRs are now...really just VJax. And he should give Colston a commission - Colston's signing just made VJax a much richer man.

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by tuluse :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 2:42pm

Isn't Bowe still a free agent as of right now?

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by Drunkmonkey :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 2:44pm

Bowe got franchise tagged.

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by Briguy :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 2:59pm

Is Reggie Wayne a free agent? Or just likely to be cut/traded?

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by turbohappy (not verified) :: Wed, 03/14/2012 - 2:52pm

Free agent

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by Dan :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 3:20pm

I think VJax will get a lot more than Colston did, and at least one of the next tier of WRs (Manningham, Garcon, etc.) will end up in the same neighborhood as Colston's $8M/yr.

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by Dan :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 6:23pm

And there it is - Garcon gets more than Colston. Ridiculous.

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by Will Allen :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 2:51pm

It's a very reasonable price, especially considering how someone is likely to way overpay a 29 year old Vincent Jackson.

The concern I would have for the Saints is that I think Brees is likely more dependent on superior offensive line talent than other great qbs, just because he is shorter. Yes, they compensate for his height by moving him around, but losing the best guard in the league is going to hurt against the defenses which can collapse the pocket from the middle. Put Justin Smith against an average guard in the playoff game 7 weeks ago, and the Niners don't likely need any shocking late game heroics from Alex Smith.

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by Peregrine :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 3:30pm

This Falcons fan is praying that some team (not necessarily Atlanta) throws money at Carl Nicks and pries him away from the Saints. I'm so tired of seeing Drew Brees step up into the pristine pocket provided by his stellar interior OL.

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by chemical burn :: Tue, 03/13/2012 - 8:28pm

Maybe you should be praying the Falcons acquire some pass-rushers.