The New Orleans Saints could be looking for an a new receiver next season depending on what goes on during the free agency period.
The New Orleans Saints have both Robert Meachem and Marques Colston scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, and both will likely have quite a few teams interested in them.
Marques Colston finished second on the team in receiving behind tight end Jimmy Graham.
With over 1,000 yards in five of his six seasons in the NFL, including this past seasons stat line of 80 catches for 1,143 yards and eight touchdowns, he has been one of the main targets for quarterback Drew Brees.
Colston is 28 years old and 6’4 225 pounds. It’s safe to say the New Orleans Saints struck gold with the 7th round (252nd overall) pick from Hofstra.
He is expected to get a good amount of offers as he is likely to be one of the most targeted of this years crop of free agent wide receivers, should the Saints allow him to even become a free agent.
Robert Meachem is only 27 years old and is 6’2 and 210 pounds.
Meachem doesn’t have the impressive numbers that stick out like Colston, but he has great potential.
He finished the 2011 season with 40 catches for 620 yards and 6 touchdowns in his 5th season out of Tennessee.
He was the Saints 1st round (27th overall) pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He has great breakaway speed and excellent hands.
Meachem has the potential to step in and be the second best receiver on most teams around the league, but could emerge as a receiver of the future.
Will they return to the Big Easy in 2012?
A lot of teams this off season will be looking for new wide receivers.
With Kansas City franchise tagging Dwayne Bowe, the Eagles shopping DeSean Jackson, and the Chargers up in the air about what to do with Vincent Jackson, it’s safe to say both Colston and Meachem will be on plenty of teams radar’s.
If one, or both, players end up not returning the Saints would be down to Lance Moore and Devery Henderson as the only proven wide receivers left on the roster.
That could become an issue for Drew Brees and the Saints offense who are a pass heavy team, despite finishing sixth in the NFL in rushing with Sproles leading the way with 603 rushing yards.
Last season after Lance Moore didn’t play in the season opener, and Marques Colston suffered a broken collarbone against the Green Bay Packers, a rumor surfaced that retired wide receiver Randy Moss had payed a visit to the New Orleans Saints facility.
The rumors turned out to be false however.
Moss, who retired after the 2010 season where he played for three teams; the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans.
Moss had the worst stat line of his storied career with 28 catches for 393 yards and five touchdowns.
Previously, with the New England Patriots, Moss had three consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons which included 47 touchdowns, the most in the NFL during that three year span.
Moss is a future Hall of Fame receiver who has over 14,000 receiving yards in his career, 153 touchdowns, and seven Pro Bowl appearances.