NFL Lines - Saints Lock In Colston
NFL Lines – Saints Lock In Colston
The New Orleans saints have signed wide receiver Marques Colston to a 5-year deal purportedly worth around $40 million, including $19 million in guarantees.
The 6'4'', 225-lbs Colston was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL lines draft. He has recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in five of his six NFL seasons except in 2008, where he missed 5 games due a hand injury.
Last year, he missed two games due to a broken collar bone, but finished with 80 catches (third on the team), 1,143 yards (second), and scored 8 touchdowns, also tied for second on the team.
This is absolutely a good move for the Saints, whose success next NFL lines season depends on its offense, its strongest asset. Although the Saints have a number of decent receivers, Colston has been the most consistent, year-in year-out. At only 28, the wideout will still be performing at a relatively high level for the next 5 years. Furthermore, this deal should also set the standard for other wide receivers who will be signed this off-season, such as Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace.
Next, the Saints will be looking to lock up their star quarterback Drew Brees, as well as key cornerstones to their success like wide receiver Robert Meachem, cornerback Tracy Porter, and guard Carl Nicks. Re-signing Colston should give the Saints' front-management some leverage in convincing their stars to all re-sign in New Orleans, keeping a very potent offense together.
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