New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12). Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Marques Colston will remain with the New Orleans Saints

Questions surrounded the return of wide receiver Marques Colston to the New Orleans Saints for some time now.

The “cash-strapped” Saints were said to not have the money to re-sign him, but after re-structuring some deals of their higher priced veterans, Jahri Evans and Will Smith, they found the money to get him back on a five-year deal to remain in New Orleans.

Colston has been on of the Saints most consistent receivers since joining the teams as a seventh round pick out of Hostra in 2006.

He he since posted five 1,000 yards receiving seasons in his six years in the NFL, with the only exception coming during the 2008 season when he broke his thumb in the season openers and missed five total games.

The Saints, and quarterback Drew Brees, are breathing a sigh of relief as it was though that Colston would find his way onto the free agent market in lieu of the mega deals given to Brees and Nicks.

Drew was given the franchise tag March 3rd after he and the Saints failed to reach a new long-term contract. Nicks desired to be the highest paid guard in the league, but last night revealed he had been given a “respectable” offer to remain with team.

Colston is the first big name free agent to re-sign with the Saints so far, and reports say that Nicks could be close ro re-signing as well given his desire to remain with the team.

Yesterday the Saints re-signed backup quarterback Chase Daniel to a one-year deal.

Colston has amassed 6,240 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns in his six year career.

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