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Marques Colston off the market

New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston catches a

New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston catches a pass for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. (Jan. 1, 2012) Credit: MCT

Marques Colston figured to be one of the most sought-after receivers on the open market, but he’s no longer available. The Saints’ would-be free agent signed a five-year, $40 million deal to remain with New Orleans, just hours before the 4 p.m. start of free agency.

“This was important to me, to be back with this team in this situation,” Colston, the former Hofstra star receiver, said in a statement issued 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 G.M. Mickey Loomis for getting this deal done before free agency.  Now it is time to get back to work and win some more rings.”

Colston has had knee problem in recent years, but he is one of the league’s most reliable pass-catchers when healthy. He has had more than 1,000 receiving yards in five of his six NFL seasons. 

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