Nick Underhill analysis: Marques Colston's light burned bright in dominant decade with Saints, but time to move on _lowres

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) runs in for a touchdown against the New York Giants during a game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

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Marques Colston's time with the New Orleans Saints is reportedly coming to an end.

ESPN reports the Saints will release Colston in the coming days.

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.

“Marques has meant so much to our franchise the last 10 years,” General Manager Mickey 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.