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Report: Marques Colston restructures contract with Saints, will stay in New Orleans

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Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Carolina Panthers strong safety Quintin Mikell (27) in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

It is being reported that the New Orleans Saints and Marques Colston have both agreed to restructure his contract, which will not only preserve the wide receiver’s talents in the Big Easy, but also clear cap space for free agency.

There are no further details regarding the figures, but it is assumed that the restructure will decrease Colston’s salary cap hit for 2015 so the Black and Gold are able to make a splash in the free agent market.

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 remain 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” earlier this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who is probably the most connected person in all of NFL media, said he expected New Orleans and Marques Colston to restructure the wideout’s contract, making his release from the team very unlikely.

Well, it seems like the Saints and their all-time leading receiver have met Schefter’s expectations.  Colston will remain in the Who Dat Nation.

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