Marques Colston agreed on a new five-year contract to stay a part of the Who Dat Nation for years to come. It also knocked out a thick air of nervousness that Saints fans would lose their beloved No. 12.
As much as I like Colston's game and think he is a special talent, the Saints needed to get younger at the receiver position. It's great that he is back, but be careful, Who Dats, because that money could have been elsewhere.
Colston's new contract, according to ESPN.com's John Clayton, is worth just under $40 million dollars with $19 million of that guaranteed. Nearly $8 million dollars a year for a player who has only played a full season twice in his career? That's risky.
Also, he's only had one year that popped off the page and was worthy of $8 million-a-year type of money, and that was back in 2007. That year, Colston caught 98 balls for 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns. He would have been worth the money had he stayed around those averages, but not the 75-catch, 1,000-yard, six-touchdown plateau that he has stayed around.
Despite missing a couple games last season, Colston was the third leading receiver on the team. Third! For $8 million a year. Not worth it in this offense.
The way Sean Payton operates now in the passing game is with running backs and tight ends more than wide receivers. When you are the third option in an offense, you do not deserve that type of money.
There were also times last season that he didn't seem like the Colston of old. Don't get me wrong, he had his fair share of highlight catches, but he was less consistent catching passes in pressure situations than in years past.
In a statement released through the Saints, Colston said, "This was important to me, to be back with this team in this situation. 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."
He's right about one thing there. It was definitely important to stay in this scheme where he prospers the most. He also has the trust over his quarterback despite not being as reliable as in years past.
I just think he's going to be on the decline in his career after the next year or two. His knees won't hold up, and this contract will be a burden in the future when it comes to other free agents. He will pad his touchdown stats the next few years, and he should thank Jimmy Graham for that because his presence in the red zone will free up No. 12 for more one-on-one coverage.
Alas, it won't be long before young players start to pass him by and his re-signing will become something that Who Dat Nation will regret in a couple years. Guarantee it!