Friday, 10 February 2012 16:33

Will leave New Orleans Saints lose Marcus Colston to free agency?

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colstonThe Saints may not be able to sign Marques Colston.

After they sign Drew Brees to a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady type-contract, or use the franchise tag on him, the Saints need to re-sign guard Carl Nicks and wide receiver Marques Colston. If the Saints don't use the franchise tag on Brees they'll be able to use it on Nicks.

It might be a challenge to pay Brees, Nicks and Colston. The Saints broke the bank to lock up their other All-Pro guard, Jahri Evans, and if a deal with Brees happens, they won't hesitate to designate Nicks as their franchise player.

Colston is not going to give the Saints a "hometown discount" on his next deal with the Saints.

Colston is one of the best free agency receivers to come available in  a long time.  His blend of height (6-4), hands  and ability to find the crease in the defense make him a valuable receiver wherever he lands.

In five of his six seasons with the Saints, he has caught 70 passes or more for at least 1,000 yards receiving and seven touchdowns

He's not just a product of Drew  Brees and the Saints high-scoring passing offense.  He'll prosper almost anywhere he ends up. He's Brees' favorite third-down receiver and will go over the middle.

Wide  receiver Robert Meachem also will be a free agent.

Question: Whom should the Saints keep, if this is the only option—Meachem or Colsten?  Tell us below.

JEFFERSON KNOCKS GAME PLAN -- Jordan Jefferson is another Tiger who wasn't thrilled about the LSU Tigers' game plan in the BCS Championship Game.

Former Tigers tight end Deangelo Peterson and guard Will Blackwell were also critical of the game plan.

Jordan was interviewed on WCNN radio in Atlanta on Thursday and said LSU didn't use some of the offensive game plan against the Crimson Tide.

"We should have spaced them out a little bit more, put the ball in different passing areas, used our talent on the receiving side," said Jefferson. "We had that in our game plan as far as play-calling, we just didn't use it."

Tigers coaches call the plays.

Jefferson pleaded not guilty Thursday in a charge of simple battery from his involvement in an Aug. 19 fight in the parking lot of an off-campus bar.

"That situation was a whole scam for this guy (who claimed Jefferson kicked him in the face)," said Jefferson. "There's a lot toward that situation and plenty of answers I can give you to show I was not involved."

Jefferson sat out the Tigers' first four games after being suspended by Tigers coach Les Miles.

Jefferson is working to improve his passing skills and footwork while he's getting ready for the NFL Combine. He figures to be a late-round draft choice.

Not one former LSU player is willing to stand up for his ex-coaches' performance that night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, strongly suggests that things were not going well behind the scenes.

If LSU's offensive coaching staff wants to maintain their players' faith in them, a strong spring and a quick start in 2012 would be highly advisable.

SOME hither, others yon: Ascension Parish prosecutors have brought a charge of sexual battery against former LSU running back Charles Scott. Scott, 23,  is set for arraignment Thursday in Gonzales. The bill accuses Scott of sexual battery on Nov. 13 against a woman, 18....The Voodoo will start training camp on Feb. 24. The team will hold the camp at the Alario Center in Westwego and workouts will be closed to the public.... predicts the Houston Texans will pick former LSU receiver Reuben Randle with their first-round draft choice. Randle (6-3, 207) has the ability to return punts and is a legitimate vertical passing threat. His productivity was sporadic, but that was because of the poor quarterback play he had to deal with. He had 11 catches for more than 25 yards. Randle passed up his final year of eligibility to enter the draft...

by Ed Staton

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