Fleur-de-Links: March 13, 2012

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TWEETS:

Marques Colston has been a big brother to me and a silent leader...excited he's back!

Where wideouts go to die. RT : Meachem is visiting Bills tonight.

Lots of great news so far today... Let's keep this team together

FREE AGENCY HAS STARTED!!!!!

release Terence Newman, David Buehler. Here's the story:

Free-agent CB Cortland Finnegan scheduled to visit Rams on Friday. Finnegan could rejoin Jeff Fisher.

Hate to see my boy B Marshall go. That's the league for you, one day your hear next day your gone. Chicago is getting one hell of a player!

RT : WR Robert Meachem is visiting another AFCE team. Source tells me Meachem is visiting Bills tonight.

Its too nice of a day outside to be feel'n tired but that 3hr agility/weight workout today got me faded!! I cant sleep on this weather tho..

Say it again... Lol RT : The Bears just committed highway robbery getting Brandon Marshall for two thirds.

Free agent defensive end Mario Williams plans to visit the Buffalo Bills tonight.

Filed to ESPN: Dolphins trade WR Brandon Marshall to Bears for 3rd-round pick in 2012 and 3rd-round pick in 2013. Marshall rejoins Cutler.

Newly re-signed Saints WR Marques Colston 1 of 7 players in NFL history w 1000 yards receiving in 5 of 1st 6 seasons

Chargers have agreed to a new three-year contract with center Nick Hardwick.

Have now been informed that Raiders' TE Kevin Boss will be officially released tomorrow (rather than today) at 4pm est

Gotta love the apple store.... Always crazy packed!!!:/

Typical fan who thinks you write something bad about the team and you can't handle it. Moronic

Colston: "The Saints have been loyal to me from the beginning…Now it is time to get back to work & win some more rings."

Colston: "I was not looking to chase free agency; it was more important for me to be back in our program."

RT : Colston was smart staying in New Orleans, esp with that money ... Agreed--especially with both microfracture on both knees.

Everyone wish a Happy Birthday!

Great "reporting" Adam RT: : "Somebody that looks like he'll be moving on from N.O. Colston looks like he will not return."

I'm hosting the Inaugural Son of a Saint Gala - March 23, 2012 @ Windsor Court Hotel. Tickets at Live w/ purpose! -SG

Congrats to M. Colston and New Orleans saints on getting a deal done

Scoopage: Take 1 name off the list of free agents set to hit the market today. Saints have just agreed to new 5 yr deal w WR Marques Colston

Work for wat u want...

SAINTS SIGN COLSTON TO NEW 5 YEAR DEAL:

Saints Sign WR Marques Colston to Five-Year Deal

Colston, Saints agree to new 5-year contract | wwltv.com New Orleans
Receiver Marques Colston and the Saints agreed to terms on a five-year contract Tuesday, keeping the go-to playmaker in New Orleans instead of allowing him to hit the open free agent market.

Agreement with Marques Colston is welcome news for the New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
He agreed to a five-year deal

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Saints lock down Colston with five-year deal "
Colston came with some red flags, approaching age 30 and with a history of knee issues, but his signing adds stability in an otherwise rocky offseason for New Orleans.

Marques Colston Re-Signs with New Orleans Saints: 5 Years, $40 Million | The Big Lead
The Saints keep the receiver despite letting him hit free agency when they had to franchise Drew Brees.

New Orleans Saints agree to five-year deal with receiver Marques Colston - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Terms of the deal were not released, but one source indicated the deal is worth between $35 million to $40 million with $18 million to $19 million guaranteed. And the NFL Network's Jason la Canfora reported the deal is worth a maximum of $40 million, with less than half guaranteed.

OTHER SAINTS NEWS:

New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter ready to explore all options in free agency - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"I mean, I'm at home, so you definitely love to stay at home. I have a perfect situation here where I can train in season, as well as play for the hometown team," Porter said. "But any player would be excited to see what other teams value you as. Because, you know, you're playing for one team and you've got teams around the league trying to break you down and find your weaknesses. It's exciting to see what they value me as and see what my strengths are."

New Orleans Saints LB Ramon Humber floats free - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com

New Orleans Saints receiver Robert Meachem will reportedly visit Buffalo Bills - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Meachem is unrestricted free agent

New Orleans Saints did not release any veteran players before start of free agency - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Veterans could still be released in future if salary-cap space is needed

Union wants NFL to hold off on punishing Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
NFLPA spokesman George Atallah tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that "We asked the league to hold off on any punishment until our information gathering was completed."

NFLPA hasn't been given access to New Orleans Saints management, coaches - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Union wanted to speak with specific people involved

New Orleans Saints are no longer the good guys: A letter to the editor | NOLA.com
"Maybe we should just wear paper bags and hang our heads in shame"

Tom Benson and the New Orleans Saints are generous supporters of charities: A letter to the editor | NOLA.com
They have contributed to several local charities

Don't want to apologize? Then don't do it in the first place: A letter to the editor | NOLA.com

N.O. sports personality Jim Henderson honored by House members | NOLA.com

Domestic abuse battery charge against New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith dismissed - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Lafayette Parish District Attorney's Office says Smith completed community service, counseling

FREE AGENCY BEGINS:

NFL.com news: Dolphins shipping WR Marshall to Bears in blockbuster trade
The Chicago Bears are sending two third-round picks for wideout Brandon Marshall in a blockbuster trade with the Miami Dolphins.

NFL.com news: Wayne doesn't plan to wait for Peyton Manning to make up mind
While the quarterback and receiver have been assumed to be attached at the hip, league sources said Tuesday that WR Reggie Wayne is not inclined to wait and see where ex-Indianapolis Colts teammate Peyton Manning lands before deciding his own future.

NFL.com news: Munchak, Palmer to meet with Peyton Manning in next two days
Titans coach Mike Munchak and offensive coordinator Chris Palmer will head up the group meeting with Peyton Manning either Tuesday or Wednesday to recruit the quarterback to Tennessee.

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