The New Orleans Saints have resigned wide receiver Marques Colston. According to a report by ESPN Colston signed a 5-year deal worth about $40 million with $19 million guaranteed. This is big news for the New Orleans Saints and a great highlight in spite of the bounty scandal. Colston has been the Saints’ best receiver for the past few seasons and has caught for over 1,000 yards in five of his six seasons with the Saints. The resigning of Colston definitely helps to solidify the Saints receiving corps. It is great that the Saints were able to resign their best wide receiver, which, along with tight end Jimmy Graham, helped the Saints have a historic season offensively.
I have to admit that I really thought the Saints were not going to be able to resign Colston and they were going to let him walk out of the door. However, I will be the first to say that it was a great move by the organization because I believe that Colston is an elite receiver in the NFL. Colston had this to say in a statement released by the Saints:
“This was important to me, to be back with this team in this situation,” Colston said in a statement released by the team. “I was not looking to chase free agency; it was more important for me to be back in our program, a program we have been building and a program I believe in. The Saints have been loyal to me from the beginning and I want to thank my agent Joel Segal and Saints GM Mickey Loomis for getting this deal done before free agency. Now it is time to get back to work and win some more rings.”
The resigning of Colston is a win-win situation for both Colston and the Saints. The Saints made a last ditch effort to get the deal done and have now locked up their star receiver for the next 5 years. With all the turmoil the Saints have faced these past few weeks it is nice to finally hear some good news about the organization. With the signing of Colston the Saints should focus on the upcoming season and like Colston said “get back to work and win some more rings.”