The New Orleans Saints released Marques Colston, the franchise’s all-time most prolific receiver, on Monday.
After spending the first decade of his career in New Orleans, the 32-year-old receiver will enter the 2016 offseason as a free agent, assuming he doesn’t retire.
The organization will save roughly $3 million next year – money that is desperately needed by the team with the fifth-lowest available cap space, according to Spotrac.
Selected with the 252nd overall pick of the 2006 draft, Colston immediately became an integral cog of an offense that would only rank outside of the top-five in total yards once over the next decade.
Playing in 146 career games with the Saints, Colston totaled 711 receptions, 9, 759 yards and 86 touchdowns – all franchise records. Kickers aside, Colston also became the team’s all-time leading scorer, with 432 points.
After posting career lows in targets, receptions, yards, yards-per-reception and touchdowns in 2015, it’s unclear what value the aging receiver has on the open market.
The ‘Quiet Storm’ after the hurricane will surely never be forgotten in New Orleans.