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Saints lock up Marques Colston; keep him off the free-agent market

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The New Orleans Saints have finally done something to make Drew Brees happy (not as happy as he'd be if they paid him, but we're baby-stepping here). Marques Colston, one of Brees' favorite targets, will be remaining a Saint for the foreseeable future.

Jay Glazer first reported the deal, and according to John Clayton, the deal is for five years and $40 million, with $19 million of it guaranteed. For a guy with 168 catches, 2,240 yards and 19 touchdowns over the past two seasons, it's a relative bargain.

It's the right move for Colston, too. Maybe he could've gotten more money on the open market, but he's got such a good rapport with Brees, and he's not going to put up the same numbers with any other team in the league. It would be a big risk to move. Assuming things get worked out with Brees, there's no better home for Colston than New Orleans.

It's pretty good news for Vincent Jackson, too.

V-Jack now hits the free-agent market as the only top-level receiver available. That puts him in a rather enviable negotiating position. He'll get a contract that will allow him to hire Marques Colston as his butler, if he'd like. But he won't be in as good a situation as Colston, either. Someone like Washington or Chicago will expect him to come in and save their offense, and he'll have to do it without a quarterback near the level of Brees.

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