Next, enter the debate of who the team could potentially release. We’ll start with the heavily rumored targets.
The Drew Brees-Marques Colston connection has been in place since 2006. Together, the duo has combined for 68 total touchdowns. Colston is the franchise’s leading receiver at 9,239 yards, and holds the NFL Record for most receptions by a player in his first two seasons. He also leads the franchise in total touchdowns, total receptions, and yards from scrimmage.
Personally, it’d be a shame to see the Saints move on from Marques Colston. The contract is not necessarily a friendly one, but I believe that can be dealt with accordingly. It’s common for the Saints to work out deals with players in the late part of their career, and I believe Colston will get a fair offer to remain with the black and gold for 2015.
Here’s where we start to find a good bit of differing opinions. There’s been a lot of negative rep with Jahri Evans’ play in 2014. I think The Advocate’s Nick Underhill said it best when talking about him, saying that he still might be the best option for the Saints. When the news broke of Evans having surgery on his wrist, it would put things into context as to why there might have been a difference in his play. However, we don’t know exactly when the injury occurred.
Evans is set to turn 32 in August, and the team would be smart to keep him for at least another two seasons. He’s missed two games in his entire career with the black and gold, and I believe there’s a way to help you remember how effective he is by addressing a different position. One side note, Jahri Evans committed only one penalty in 2014, a holding call for 10 yards.
Grubbs figures to be the most likely player for the team to part with to make cap room. Before we give a verdict on Grubbs, let’s start with some positive notes. Since coming over from the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, he’s played in every single game for the Saints. From his efforts in 2013, he was voted into the Pro Bowl. Grubbs was second on the team in 2014 with 3 holding penalties (Terron Armstead – 7).
Some of the underwhelming play of Grubbs could be attributed to the team’s issue at the center position. The fact that the Saints have gone through three different centers since 2010 (Olin Kreutz, Brian de la Puente, Jonathan Goodwin) doesn’t help establish a consistency for the offense.
If the team does indeed part ways with Grubbs, then there are options available. The team could plug-in Tim Lelito in the mix, assuming he isn’t the answer at center, or turn to an unsung hero, Senio Kelemete. Kelemete filled in for Grubbs in training camp, running with the first team offense while Grubbs was unable to practice.