BREAKING: Marques Colston officially released by New Orleans Saints

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Marques Colston has officially been released by the New Orleans Saints, according to the NFL transactions wire.

Reports last week said the move was coming, but New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said Marques Colston has not been released in an ESPN interview on Monday that was evidently taped a day before.  Colston was released on Monday with a failed physical designation.

It was uncertain whether or not Marques Colston would remain with the Saints after the 2015 season.  Everybody knew the possibility of him leaving was very realistic due to major decline in production and an upcoming $5.9 million cap hit, but it’s just tough for fans to swallow.

Nicknamed the “Quiet Storm”, Marques Colston has been flying under the radar for a decade now.  Since the Saints selected the buried treasure out of Hofstra Univsersity in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft, he has become the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.  Colston and Drew Brees are one of the most successful quarterback-wide receivers duos of all-time.

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He turned in six seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving, and 9,759 total on his career to go along with 72 touchdowns.  Marques Colston has been, on paper, one of the most consistent wide receivers in the NFL since joining the club in 2006.

His speed, his hands (struggled with drops at the start of the season), his range of motion, and his ability to separate himself from defenders have all diminished.  It’s one of those sad but true situations. While he may still have a little gas left in the tank, his glory days are over, and 2015 proved that.

Highlighted by a PFWA All-Rookie Team selection, an Ed Block Courage Award, and of course, a Super Bowl title, Marques Colston has still had an incredible career as an NFL wide receiver and one of the greatest players to ever put on a Saints uniform.

The Who Dat Nation will forever be home to the Quiet Storm.  Now, the question is, will Marques Colston, who has partial ownership in the Philadelphia Soul (AFL), call it a career and retire a Saint?

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