Saints bring Colston up to speed

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

JACKSON, Miss. -- Just got into town on what's been a busy eve of training camp for the Saints.

In a crucial move, the Saints agreed to a contract extension with Marques Colston that will keep the wide receiver with the team through 2011. That comes just after New Orleans traded for tight end Jeremy Shockey.

That means two very talented players are going to be very happy when practice starts Thursday morning. Colston, a seventh-round pick in 2006, had quickly become one of the league's most underpaid players and Shockey had been unhappy with theNew York Giants.

Colston had been quietly hoping for a new deal because he was scheduled to make less than $500,000 in base salary this year. But the Saints stepped up and rewarded a player, who quickly has made himself into one of the league's best receivers.

In two seasons, Colston has caught 168 passes for 2,240 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Saints are optimistic the arrival of Shockey will draw coverage away from Colston. Shockey and Colston will give quarterback Drew Brees two top-notch targets, but the Saints are hoping Devery Henderson or Robert Meachem can step up and challenge David Patten for the No. 2 wide receiver job.

In other news, the Saints are facing likely holdouts by first-round pick Sedrick Ellis and second-round choice Tracy Porter. Coach Sean Payton said running back Deuce McAllister, who is coming back from a knee injury, has been cleared to take part in camp.