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SAINTS SIGN COLSTON - 5 YEAR DEAL

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Saints signed WR Marques Colston to a five-year contract. A move that previously seemed unlikely gained momentum after dueling Tuesday reports revealed the Saints were "working feverishly" to re-sign their physical slot receiver, and that Colston "badly" wanted to remain in New Orleans. Since the Saints were expected to enter free agency with roughly $7 million in cap space, Colston will undoubtedly earn a low base salary in 2012 before seeing his numbers steadily increase. It's the best possible news from a fantasy perspective, as there is no way Colston would have been as productive outside of one of the league's most prolific passing attacks. Colston will turn 29 in June. That’s wide receiver Marques Colston, who, according to ESPN's John Clayton, has agreed to a five-year deal to remain with the team that drafted him. Clayton reports the total value of the deal is almost $40 million with $19 million guaranteed. That’s a big coup for the Saints, who are facing serious salary-cap challenges. But it brings up another big question – do the Saints have enough room to also re-sign All-Pro guard Carl Nicks?

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