The Saints will eventually have to make a decision on what to do about Marques Colston’s future.
The veteran wide receiver has been a steady presence for the Saints over the last 10 seasons. But coming off a season in which he caught 45 passes for 520 yards, both sides are likely going to have to evaluate what happens next.
Colston will have to decide if he wants to continue playing and New Orleans must determine if he’s worth the $5.9 million cap charge. It’s also possible both sides work something out to lower Colston’s cap charge so he can return, which is what happened last offseason.
But while Colston is no longer the player he was a few years ago, that doesn’t mean the organization doesn’t appreciate what he’s meant to this team.
“Marques has meant so much to our franchise the last 10 years,” Loomis said during an appearance on Sirius XM’s NFL Radio on Tuesday. “Just steady, great leadership, he’s just been fantastic.”
But when the time comes to move on from Colston, Loomis believes the Saints already have his replacement on the roster.
“Brandon Coleman who is a big guy out of Rutgers that has done some good things and I think in many ways is the heir apparent to Marques,” Loomis said.
Coleman showed some flashes last season. While he finished with 30 receptions for 454 yards, he came on late in the season when filling in for Colston.
In a Week 16 game gainst the Jacksonville Jaguars, he caught four passes for 45 yards and then followed it up by pulling in five passes for 81 yards during the season finale against Atlanta.
Those late flashes could give New Orleans the confidence to move forward with Coleman next season if Colston does not return for whatever reason.