SI.com draft analyst Tony Pauline indicates that the rumor around the NFL Scouting Combine was that New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is seeking $7 million a season.
This is definitely in the ball park the Saints want Colston at and it makes no sense for the Saints to use a $9.5 million tag on him.
Re-structuring DE Will Smith’s contract alone would allow the Saints to retain him. This also means the Saints, should Brees deal get done, can tag G Carl Nicks and afford to keep all three.
Expect the New Orleans Saints to immediately begin working on Colston’s contract if Brees’ deal is complete by the tag deadline.
New Orleans Saints LS Justin Drescher has agreed to terms on an exclusive rights free agent deal to return to the Saints, according to several reports.
Drescher has been solid as the team’s long snapper for the past two seasons with the Saints.
The Saints have re-signed S Jonathon Amaya to a one-year exclusive rights contract, the team has confirmed.
Amaya was acquired from the Dolphins in the trade for Reggie Bush. Amaya was primarily a backup to S Roman Harper and used on special teams.
New Orleans Saints WR Adrian Arrington signed a 1-yr contract worth $540k last week, a league source confirmed.
Arrington was an exclusive rights free agent.
New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks via Twitter:
"Man I don’t know what to do? My anxiety is on a hundred thousand trillion!…march 5 is a big day!!??” Nicks followed up with: I think I should start a countdown to the 5th… Stuffs getting real! 7 days left… — Carl Nicks"
Nicks of course was referring to the franchise tag deadline in his tweets.