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NFL AM: Saints To Cut Marques Colston

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Saints will cut Marques Colston:

Few teams in the NFL have less cap room than the New Orleans Saints. Trying to open up some room under the cap already cost multiple Pro Bowl guard and 2006 fourth-round pick Jahri Evans his spot on the roster, and now sources say 2006 seventh-round pick Marques Colston is next.

Cutting Colston will leave the Saints with 2.7 million dollars in dead money, but it will also free up 3.2 in cap space for a team that needs to improve on a 7-9 record.

The move isn’t just about money, as the 3.2 million dollars the team will save would be an absolute bargain for a No. 1 receiver, if that’s what Colston was. Unfortunately for the veteran receiver, he’s just not that guy anymore. After pulling in at least 70 receptions in seven of his first eight seasons in the league, the Hofstra product caught just 59 balls in 2014, and just 45 in 2015.

Perhaps even more damning for Colston was the way his yardage fell off in 2015. Despite catching just 59 balls in 2014, he still finished the season with over 900 yards receiving, where he was able to account for 520 yards this year.

There should be a decent market for the big-bodied, veteran receiver because teams can always use a big-bodied veteran receiver, and there are more than a couple of spots where Colston makes sense.

You can make an argument that the 10-year veteran wide out could be a fit on every team in the NFC East, and you might be able to make that statement about the NFC North as well. The Detroit Lions need to replace retiring Calvin Johnson, the Chicago Bears may need to replace Alshon Jeffery, the Green Bay Packers learned a season ago that they need depth at the position, and the Minnesota Vikings, well, go ahead and just think about what they have at the position.

From the Seattle Seahawks, to the New England Patriots, to the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts, you can make an argument that Colston could improve quite a few receiving corps in the NFL.

Redskins President Bruce Allen confirms Robert Griffin, III is out in Washington:

It certainly would be bigger news if Washington Redskins President Bruce Allen said the team would be attempting to hold onto Robert Griffin III, but Tuesday he confirmed what most of us have suspected since watching Griffin thanking members of the Redskins staff on the sideline during the team’s playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers; Griffin’s next opportunity would be elsewhere.

Allen was asked if Griffin would be a member of the 2016 team during an interview on 1090AM in San Diego, and was quick to answer no.

“Well, no. I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team,” Allen said. “We’ve heard from some teams that are interested. I think he’s going to have a choice of a couple teams that will let him excel in the future.”

Where those opportunities will come remains to be seen. Will Griffin get only an opportunity to compete for a starting job, or will a team like the Cleveland Browns and new head coach Hue Jackson hand Griffin the keys to the car, giving them the ability to spend their second-overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft on one of their other many needs?

Quarterback starved teams like the Browns, Houston Texans or Los Angeles Rams could provide the former second-overall pick a chance to once again become a starting NFL quarterback. A turnaround in Houston could mean big things for the Texans, and if by some chance Griffin revitalized his career in Los Angeles, well that would complete perhaps the greatest robbery in team sports.

For the Rams to get everything they did to trade the pick that became Griffin in 2012, and then to end up with him starting under center, and becoming productive would be nothing short of hilarious. We can only hope if it happens that Jeff Fisher will still be coaching there so that he can send Griffin and all of the other picks out to midfield as captains for a coin toss against Washington.

There’s also a couple of other intriguing possibilities when it comes to the quarterback looking to jump-start his stalled career. It seems Griffin could possibly be a fit in Denver if the Broncos can’t figure things out with Brock Osweiler, or if the team wants an insurance plan if they’re not 100% sold Osweiler is the guy. It would also be interesting if the San Francisco 49ers decided to part ways with Colin Kaepernick, and Griffin got an opportunity with Chip Kelly.

It wasn’t long ago that Griffin and Kaepernick were being propped up as the future of their position, their teams and the NFL, and now there aren’t many people sold on either of them.

Chargers to focus stadium efforts on downtown San Diego:

The San Diego Chargers have time to decide if they want to join the Los Angeles Rams in Englewood, but the team announced Tuesday that it would continue its commitment to stay in San Diego, and that it would focus its stadium search in downtown Tampa.

The Chargers issued a statement outlining why a downtown San Diego stadium would create an unparalleled experience for fans that would lead to future Super Bowls and other big events.

“We have spent the last month evaluating the leading San Diego stadium sites and financing proposals,” the Chargers said in a statement.  “During that time, led by Chargers Special Advisor Fred Maas, we have engaged in regular discussions with Mayor Faulconer, Supervisor Roberts, City Attorney Goldsmith, and City and County negotiators. And we have carefully evaluated the arguments made by the Mayor and others regarding the merits of the Mission Valley site. We agree that, in many respects, the arguments for Mission Valley are compelling.

“At the same time, we have considered the potential benefits to both the greater San Diego region and the Chargers of a multi-use stadium/convention center facility downtown. The multi-use facility, when combined with Petco Park, the existing Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter, and a revitalized East Village, would create an unparalleled entertainment and sports district that will host Super Bowls and will ideally be a permanent home for Comic-Con and a Comic-Con museum. All of our research demonstrates that voters are more likely to approve a multi-use facility that would generate economic activity on hundreds of days per year, including by attracting major sporting and convention events that San Diego cannot now host. The downtown multi-use facility would also free up the existing Mission Valley site for potential use by educational institutions such as San Diego State University and UCSD, as well as for a large riverfront park.”

With any luck this plan can work out for the people of San Diego and the Chargers. As excited as some are about the Rams, it’s terrible to see the people of St. Louis lose their team.  Hopefully the San Diego and Oakland fans don’t have to suffer the same fate as the people of St. Louis, and the NFL can leave well enough alone. For now, at least it sounds like the Chargers have a decent plan to remain in one of the most beautiful cities in America, and that sounds better than shoe-horning them into a shared stadium with the L.A/ Rams in a city that clearly doesn’t want them.


About Pat Donovan

Pat Donovan

Pat Donovan has covered the NFL for almost a decade and is a host and producer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers radio flagship 620WDAE/95.3FM. Pat covers the NFC South and NFC East for Football Insiders. Follow him on Twitter, @PatDonovanNFL.