WR Marques Colston to restructure deal, stay with Saints
NEW ORLEANS - Saints WR Marques Colston will remain with the Who Dats for the 2015 season after he reached an agreement to restructure his contract with the franchise on Friday.
WWL-TV reports Colston would have cost the Saints nearly $10 million against the salary cap, and the team needed to cut more than $20 million to get under cap for the approaching season.
The wide receiver pulled down 59 catches and took into the end zone five times during the Saints 2014 campaign. Career wise, he has 666 receptions for 9,239 yards and 68 touchdown over the span of nine seasons in the NFL.
He holds the distiniction of being the team's career leader in receptions, yards receiving and receiving touchdowns. Colston is one of only a handful of players remaining with the team who was a part of the 2009 Super Bowl Championship squad.
Other efforts to address salary cap issues have manifested in the forms of the release of RB Pierre Thomas earlier this week and the restructuring of a deal with safety Jairus Byrd to push the Saints' salary cap figure under the mandated amount. League commentators say the Saints had one of the most intensive tasks ahead of them as they began efforts to get down to the figure of about $143 million for the 2015 season.