Saints sign key receiver Colston to 5-year deal
AFPNEW YORK -- Marques Colston, a receiver who caught 80 passes for 1,143 yards last season, signed a five-year contract to remain with the NFL's New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Tuesday.
March 15, 2012, 12:20 am TWN
Hours before the start of free agency for the 2012 season, the 2010 Super Bowl champions ensured continuity among their pass catchers by keeping Colston, who had been with the Saints since being taken six years ago in the NFL Draft.
“Since we drafted Marques in 2006, he has been everything we're looking for as a player and a person,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said.
“His combination of production, work ethic and reliability speaks for itself. He has been a major part of our success and we're excited that he will continue to be an integral part of our team for years to come.”
Colston enjoyed the second-best receiving season on the team last year and his catches included 55 for first downs and nine of 25 or more yards, making him a key target in the all-time single season passing record of Drew Brees.
“This was important to me, to be back with this team in this situation,” said Colston. “I was not looking to chase free agency. It was more important for me to be back in our program.”
Colston has career totals of 449 catches for 6,240 yards and 48 touchdowns, and needs to reach the end zone only eight more times to break running back Deuce McAllister's team career touchdown record of 55.