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Colston or Nicks? That's the Saints' question

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08:03 AM ET 02.16 | While no guarantee, of course, most expect Drew Brees to sign a rich deal and return to the Saints next season. The same cannot be said with certainty about the team's other two marquee free agents -- Pro Bowl left guard Carl Nicks and perennial 1,000-yard wide receiver Marques Colston. Where they end up playing next year and for seasons to come remains to be seen. ... I don't think both will be playing for the Black and Gold next year and both could leave for greener pastures. I also think there probably is a greater sense of urgency to keep Nicks in the fold (translated: pay him top dollar) than Colston, although team officials would love to re-sign both. Nicks is a higher priority because he helps stand guard for Brees.

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February 16, 2012  08:05 AM ET

Drew Brees is the question...

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February 16, 2012  08:13 AM ET

He Needs The Protection, more than the Receiver!

February 16, 2012  08:15 AM ET

With the new cap rules, pretty much every team with solid veterans has some serious work ahead of it before next season. Why should the Saints be any different?

February 16, 2012  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He Needs The Protection, more than the Receiver!

He does seem to have a few other folks there to throw it to

February 16, 2012  08:19 AM ET

Makes sense that if you sign your marquee QB to a new deal that you'd also want to sign your all pro guard to help protect your investment.

February 16, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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He does seem to have a few other folks there to throw it to

That's the key. Colston is a beast, but the Saints have a lot of weapons. They only have one starting LG to protect the franchise QB.

February 16, 2012  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Drew Brees is the question...

Brees will get paid. He's not going anywhere.

February 16, 2012  08:51 AM ET

If Colston wants another chance at a ring, New England could use a deep threat. But, if he wants an outrageous salary and Januarys off, there are other teams that will find him attractive.

February 16, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Brees will get paid. He's not going anywhere.

I believe so, but that owner of The Saints is quite the character too.

Just like Peyton and Irsay, in the end, it comes down to the QB and the owner.

Rich folk don't listen to reason often, when it comes to their team.

February 16, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That's the key. Colston is a beast, but the Saints have a lot of weapons. They only have one starting LG to protect the franchise QB.

Agreed, #1 priority is to sign Brees, #2 keep him protected.

February 16, 2012  09:10 AM ET

I am not sure why, in a team sport with a salary cap, a qb would want to grab a disproportionate share of the salary cap.

February 16, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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I am not sure why, in a team sport with a salary cap, a qb would want to grab a disproportionate share of the salary cap.

There's no "I" in "team," but there is an "M" and there is an "E."

February 16, 2012  09:37 AM ET

They did hire Spagnuola to be their DC. It could be they told him any FA money would go to help out the defense.

February 16, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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I am not sure why, in a team sport with a salary cap, a qb would want to grab a disproportionate share of the salary cap.

They are delegated a disproportionate share of the responsibility for team success.

February 16, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

If Colston wants another chance at a ring, New England could use a deep threat. But, if he wants an outrageous salary and Januarys off, there are other teams that will find him attractive.

IMO he should stay within the division so he can burn the Saints twice a year...there is a team here in Charlotte than can use a tall #2 WR.......

February 16, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Give the big kid protecting the QB a check... Or prepare for the Chase Daniel era soon.

February 16, 2012  10:04 AM ET

without Brees their is no Colston, Brees should be higher priority, protect him with nicks.

 
February 16, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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They are delegated a disproportionate share of the responsibility for team success.

True, but I think the point that Zeeker was trying to make was that for every $ a QB takes, that's one less $ to pay for a good offensive line to protect you, or one less $ to pay a receiver with good hands to catch your passes. How many millions do you need?

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