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    New Orleans Saints release longtime wide receiver Marques Colston

    NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints officially released their all-time-leading receiver and touchdown-scorer, Marques Colston, on Monday.

    The move has been anticipated since last week and will save the Saints $3.2 million against the salary cap. Colston, 32, was released with a failed physical designation, which may be tied to the chest injury that sidelined him for the final two games last season.

    Colston had a remarkable 10-year run in New Orleans after being drafted in the seventh round out of Hofstra in 2006. His 9,759 receiving yards and 72 touchdowns are both franchise records, and he helped lead the Saints to their first Super Bowl championship after the 2009 season.

    However, Colston became the Saints' No. 3 receiver last season, with career lows of 45 receptions, 520 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games played.

    The Saints also released all-time great guard Jahri Evans -- another member of that 2006 draft class -- earlier this month. Those moves should put them nearly $10 million under the salary cap, with a contract extension for Drew Brees likely to provide even more cap savings at some point this offseason.