The New Orleans Saints are a busy team currently, at least on the front office level, as they have plenty of representatives in attendance at the Combine while others attempt to get new deals in place with priority free agents — namely Drew Brees.
But no one expects Brees and the Saints not to reach an agreement that will keep the record breaking quarterback in New Orleans for the rest of his career.
However others — such as guard Carl Nicks, as well as receivers Marques Colston and Robert Meachem — may not be so lucky because after Bree gets his deal money may be short in the Big Easy.
That doesn’t mean the Saints won’t attempt to re-sign any of these players, but the top priority besides Brees is to keep Nicks in New Orleans and the Saints award-winning offensive line together.
If Nicks does get a new deal it’s a foregone conclusion that Colston will not be back with the team.
As much as fans hate to hear it Colston is the most expendable of the “big three”, and that says a lot considering he has caught 449 passes for 6,240 yards and 48 touchdowns since being taken in the seventh round of the 2006 draft.
A movement is begginning to form in that the Saints will let Colston test the waters of free agency with the knowledge they have loads of talent at the wide receiver position already on the roster.
Even though Meachem is scheduled for free agency the chances he re-signs with the team, on a more cap friendly deal than Colston, remains relatively high.
New Orleans still has Lance Moore, Devery Henderson, Adrian Arrington, Courtney Roby, Andy Tanner, and Joseph Morgan on the roster.
Henderson could become a cap casualty this year as his nearly $4 million dollar price tag could be more than the Saints are willing to pay out for a part-time play maker.
Morgan, the undrafted rookie that blew up in the preseason last year before injury, looks to figure predominantly in the Saints offense in 2012 should he continue to showcase the great hands and coverage beating speed he did last year.
Either way the Saints could be in the market to add a receiver to the rotation if Colston, Meachem, or both leave in free agency.