Originally posted on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 3/9/12

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

When Marques Colston had a surprising rookie season, all that was talked about is how he was drafted in the 7th round and was from Hofstra. He did put up numbers that are reserved for 1st and 2nd rounders.  70 receptions for 1038 yards and 8 TDs. Drew Brees had a surprising 1st year in New Orleans, after all, he had just had shoulder surgery.  He wasn’t thought of as being elite, just yet at the QB position.  It was tough to tell who was helping who.

Colston continued putting up solid numbers playing in the comfort controlled conditions of the Superdome, but Drew Brees started putting up historic stats. Many of Brees’ other receivers were receiving the wealth along with Colston. Though Colston is a sought after fantasy WR while in NOLA, he isn’t desired by other franchises as FA looms.

At first glance, teams like the Bears would seem to be a possible destination for Colston, but word around the league is that they really don’t desire him, nor do others.  There is a shared thought that is production would drop drastically without the pin-point accuracy of Brees. Being 29-years-old with six surgeries on this medical record is also quite the deterrent.

There are truly very few legit #1 WRs in the NFL these days, but the need for one isn’t nearly as great either.  Often it is more about the system and type of receivers to be successful.  Teams like the Saints, Patriots and Giants have proven that a system can roll with whoever is at WR as long as they are NFL capable. Colston will have to accept the reality that he may have to take much less money than what he originally expected. This may play to an advantage for the Saints, and allow them to bring back Brees’ favorite target not named Jimmy Graham.

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