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Marques Coltson reveals why he took pay cut to stay with New Orleans Saints

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The New Orleans Saints are in an interesting spot ahead of the 2015 NFL season.

The Saints have had a rather large turnaround on their offense, with both tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Kenny Stills being traded away to the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins, respectively.

But one player did stay however, despite the exodus, veteran wideout Marques Colston.

Classy Colston

Wide receiver Colston is the Saints’ all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, but that didn’t stop the Saints from asking him to slash his salary this offseason to stay in New Orleans.

Colston accepted the pay cut and explained his reasons when he spoke to the media for the first time this offseason on Tuesday.

Colston said that “maximizing every penny” wasn’t his chief priority at this point in his career and that it was more important for him to remain in the Saints Offense with Drew Brees throwing passes his way.

Hall of Fame Brees

“I look at things just from a business standpoint. You look at the position I play, I’m kind of dependent on everyone else along the offense to have success,” Colston said, via

“And just being a football fan, I’ve seen guys at my position chase every penny and not really have the career or the success that they’ve been accustomed to. So I always say I’m never gonna be in a hurry to leave a Hall of Fame quarterback."

"I’ve really never been a person that is driven by outside forces. I’m going to make the decision that’s best for me and my family. And time and time again it leads me to here.”

The Saints could well struggle in 2015, worse than they did last season when they managed to stumble to a 7-9 record and missing out on the playoffs. If they are even worse next year, then things could get really bad.


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