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NFL Breaking News: Saints release all-time leading receiver Marques Colston

The New Orleans Saints officially released WR Marques Colston from his contract on Monday. Although not the most shocking announcement of th


The New Orleans Saints officially released WR Marques Colston from his contract on Monday. Although not the most shocking announcement of the week given Colston’s recent production, it is always a shock to see a franchise icon summarily let go by the only team he has ever known. Releasing Colston now frees up $6 million in cap space for the cap-strapped NFC South franchise. The 32 year old leaves with a ‘Failed Physical’ designation, which could hurt his value as a free agent, if he were to choose to continue playing at this stage. Colston came to New Orleans in the 2006 college Draft, and was a 7th round pick for the organisation. He has worked diligently for the team for the last decade, but there have been rumblings about his ability to compete after his last two seasons showed a marked decline in his performances on the field. The 2015 season saw Colston score a total of 4 touchdowns, with just 520 yards over the whole season off the back of 45 receptions. An average of 11 yards per reception puts him way down the rankings, even for a short pass receiver. In what looks likely to have been a mutual decision, Colston and New Orleans decided that this would be his last season as a Saints player, and he was effectively released into the wild, as a free agent. This comes after the flurry of franchise tags have been applied already, so he may struggle to get a starting spot with another team. Would Colston be smart to consider his current options, post football, or will he reach out for that last bright burst in the spotlight? Freeing up that $6 million dollar in cap space will do the Saints a bit of a favour in the coming months, as they approach the Draft season, and look at the market for free agents to bolster their team for next season, after what was a disappointing result for the 2015 season saw them fall flat in their division.

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NFL Breaking News: Saints release all-time leading receiver Marques Colston

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