With the Bills signing Steve Johnson to a five-year contract and the Eagles designating DeSean Jackson as the franchise tagged player, it’s easy to think Marques Colston and his agent Joel Segal are getting happier and happier.
The fewer big-name players out there moving around during free agency, the bigger the possibility Colston, 28, can land a big contract with a desperate team.
Of the receivers hitting the market this free agency period, the names that stand out include Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson, Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Lloyd and Mario Manningham along with Colston and Robert Meachem.
But only Wayne, Jackson, Bowe and Lloyd are likely candidates on that list vying for No. 1 spots – not slot or second-or-third options.
Colston has five 1,000-yard receiving years in his six in the NFL. He has caught at least 80 passes in three of those years and 70 or more in five of the six. He has 48 touchdowns and 86 catches of 20-plus yards.
The thing about Colston is, at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he’s a big target and one that plays the game physically. He’s a matchup nightmare for most teams.
So, yes, Colston will be a wanted player on the open market.
But unlike Drew Brees or Carl Nicks, he’s not a vocal guy. He doesn’t run a Twitter account and many days, he declines to speak with the media, preferring to let his actions speak, not his words.
He’s going to command a nice, large salary on what is likely to be his last – and only – big contract. The Saints took Colston in the 7th round of the 2006 draft and restructured his contract prior to the 2008 season.
Now he’s a free agent looking to get paid like a one of the league’s best players, not one drafted and signed late in a draft.