New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) outruns Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Bradley McDougald to the end zone to score on a 36-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


When he spoke to reporters a couple of days before the Saints played the last game of their season at Tampa Bay on Dec. 28, veteran receiver Marques Colston refused to dwell too much on his short-term future.

His sole focus was Tampa Bay — even though the Saints were eliminated from the playoffs no matter what they did against the Buccaneers, Colston wanted to end his ninth season in the NFL and in New Orleans on a winning note, he said.

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