He is the franchise’s all-time leading receiver in receptions, yards and touchdowns. However, between age and health, leading to route separation and dropped passes, Colston’s overall performance has taken somewhat of a decline, especially in 2014 where he caught just 59 passes.
Since the Saints’ disappointing season came to an end, occasional rumors have surfaced speculating the release of Colston, who just a few weeks ago, offered to take a pay cut to not only preserve his talents in the Crescent City, but to also help the team’s current cap situation, which rests at about $22 million over the league’s newly set salary cap of $143.28 million.
During an edition of “NFL Insiders”, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who is probably the most connected person in all of NFL media, said he expects New Orleans and Marques Colston to restructure the wideout’s contract, making his release from the team very unlikely.
Colston and the Saints agreed to a five-year extension in 2012, which means he will be a free agent after the 2016 season. He is set to make $6.9 million in 2015 and $7.7 during his final contract year.
His production of late does not match those figures, so his only choice may be working out a deal. Reducing his annual salary would certainly help the club get under the cap, giving the Saints the opportunity to make a splash in the free agent market when it opens up on March 10.