New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) is unable to catch a pass in the end zone. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Will the New Orleans Saints even attempt to re-sign WR Marques Colston?


I know that a lot of  owners and general manager’s are paying close attention to what the Saints do with their big name free agents.  Here’s a quick look at what I think is going to happen.

First and foremost the Saints will retain Drew Brees by any means necessary.

If this means losing out on some pricey veterans, or parting ways with Carl Nicks, it’s going to happen.

The how and when are the questions,  and no doubt Brees is going to get a very large contract, just when is he going to get it?

Carl Nicks is largely considered one of the best guards in the league.

I think the Saints do what they can, to keep him, but it seems very unlikely that they will be able to keep him and wide receiver Marques Colston.

Nicks stated that he hates the idea of having the franchise tag applied to himself, but it is an option.

Marques Colston, Drew Brees’ number one target, and of the big three free agents I consider to be the most expendable.

Sure he has put up great numbers, but he is the benefactor of a having a quarterback that spreads the ball around more than any othe in the league.

Tracy Porter can be good in man coverage, but has been inconsistent at best when it comes to tackling.

Under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, he will likely be allowed to leave in free agency  and replaced by Patrick Robinson.

Robert Meachem will be a casualty of being a member of a talented, deep receiving core.

I will be surprised if he is retained to be quite honest.

He has been a game changer at times, but has disappeared from a game more times then I like to count.

Some of the players that I believe the Saints will address during this off season that aren’t free agents; Jonathan Vilma, and Will Smith.

While a lot of people speculate about Jabari Greer, he has performed well against some of the leagues better receivers, and the Saints can’t ask for more than that.

Jonathan Vilma’s injuries are becoming more frequent which is a cause for concern.

The Saints may seek out a younger cheaper version,  and this could be done with the re-signing of Jo-Lonn Dunbar who filled in nicely for Vilma last season.

Defensive end Will Smith just has not had the production in consideration to the amount that he gets paid.

If you want to get paid like an elite pass rusher then you better produce season after season.  Smith just doesn’t do that consistently.

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  • ChristopherThies

    Barely even talked about the possibility of resigning Colston and I would argue that he is even the number one receiver maybe not even number two coming in behind Graham at one and Sproles at 2

  • BGWhoDat

    @ChristopherThies
     
    I personally believe he is Colston would be No. 2. Obviously Jimmy Graham is the biggest target we have, especially in the red zone. Colston’s size and physical play make him the second biggest target on our offense. I think it’s a no brainer that we will do our best to keep him along with Robert Meachem. I also have faith that both of these receivers will be back with the Saints next year. I can’t really count Sproles as a big receiving target due to all his carries being screens (which is basically like a more efficient running play for the Saints) even though he did finish third on the team in passing yards with 710. Sproles lead the team in rushing, averaging 6.9 yards a carry, so he obviously is a key target for us.
     
    But as far as “receivers” Colston had 1,143 receiving yards. If you take out Sproles, the next best was Lance Moore at 627. Colston had 19 less receptions than Graham and only 3 less touchdowns, though they averaged the same amount of yards per game.
     
    I think we can all agree it’s in the Saints best interest to have Colston return.