NFL Free Agency 2012: Marques Colston, Saints Haven't Talked Long-Term Contract

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be on the hunt for at least one wide receiver in the 2012 free agency period, and most expect the Jaguars to target one of the top receivers. One of those receivers could be New Orleans Saints star-receiver Marques Colston, who the Saints have yet to even talk contract with, according to a report by the National Football Post.

It's possible Marques Colston will be a former Saint in the near future. The Saints have made no attempts to re-sign the star wide receiver up to this point. The front office has been pre-occupied with trying to work out a new deal for Drew Brees. If the Saints can't sign Brees, they likely will use the franchise tag on him, giving them one less way to retain Colston. Also complicating the issue is the pending free agency of guard Carl Nicks. Given the cash outlay this team will be facing, the Saints may have to choose between Colston and Nicks.

Colston has had at least 1,000 receiving yards and 5 receiving touchdowns in his six-year career, except for the 2008 season when he played just 11 games due to injury. Outside of overall explosion and top-end speed, injuries are one of the big concerns a team will have to factor in when thinking about signing Colston to a big-time deal in free agency. He's played a full 16 games just three times in his career, but it's tough to argue with his production and consistency when he's on the football field.

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