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The New Orleans Saints made just one minor transaction Monday — re-signing backup quarterback Chase Daniel — during the calm before the storm of free agency. Today promises to be much more action-packed — for better or for worse. The Saints were working into the night Monday on trying to re-sign key free agents guard Carl Nicks and wide receiver Marques Colston, among others.

The New Orleans Saints cut a one-year contract for backup quarterback Chase Daniel on Monday and covered some ground with other free agents. Whether it leads to more deals remains to be seen. According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the team made an offer to All-Pro guard Carl Nicks that he called “respectable.” The club was also in negotiations to retain wide receiver Marques Colston. Whether or not the team can keep both players remains to be seen. The Saints are believed to have a little more than $6 million in cap space.

The New Orleans Saints and wide receiver Marques Colston are working hard toward finalizing a deal that would keep one of Drew Brees‘ favorite targets off the free-agent market, ProFootballTalk.com reported Monday night, citing a league source. Colston is scheduled to become a free agent at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday. He would be one of the most attractive receivers in this year’s free-agent class, with 6,240 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns in six NFL seasons.

It’s finally here. NFL free agency kicks off this afternoon when the league year officially begins. Trades become official, teams must be fully cap compliant and, come 4 p.m. ET, players will begin visiting and signing with teams. Oh, and the Peyton Manning sweepstakes rages on, while the New Orleans Saints‘ bounty penalties may just be a few days away. Quite a week for football … and it’s only March. So, without further ado, here are 10 quick thoughts on all of the activity swirling around the NFL right now:

The Seattle Times reported Monday that there’s a strong buzz the Seahawks will aggressively pursue defensive end Mario Williams. The Seahawks also could be a player in the market for quarterback Matt Flynn, according to The Times. The team reportedly has an estimated $29.8 million in salary cap space, according to ProFootballTalk.com, a figure that gives the Seahawks the financial flexibility to go after a number of high-profile players.

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