Reports: Saints to release WR Marques Colston after 10 seasons

Marques Colston has spent his entire 10-year career with the Saints but there won't be an 11th; according to several reports, the team will cut Colston in the coming days. The move will save $3.2 million in salary-cap space, though it will leave $2.7 million in dead money.

The 32-year-old wide receiver arrived in New Orleans as a seventh-round pick out of Hofstra, and he immediately made an impact, hauling in 70 passes for 1,038 yards and eight touchdowns. He'll leave as the Saints' all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. His career totals include 711 catches, 9,759 yards and 72 touchdowns.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis spoke earlier this month about Colston's possible replacement.

Brandon Coleman who is a big guy out of Rutgers that has done some good things and I think in many ways is the heir apparent to Marques,” Loomis said, via the TheAdvocate.com.

Colston's release follows that of another veteran cornerstone: guard Jahri Evans.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Drew Brees remains, and the team would like to sign him to a long-term extension.

It's unclear if Colston will try to continue his NFL career but there's no confusion about what he brought to the Saints, both on the field and in the locker room.

Colston did quite well in New Orleans for a seventh-round pick out of Hofstra. (USATSI)

"He's one of the most unselfish players I've ever played with, one of the greatest teammates I've ever had, one of the most dependable, most reliable people I've ever played with," Brees said late last season, via ESPN.com."I consider myself lucky to have had, so far, these 10 years with him. And he never ceases to amaze me, just some of the big plays he has the ability to make."

Coach Sean Payton added: "He has epitomized just consistency. He's epitomized what you look for in a pro player, especially with the time he's done it."

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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