NFL Nation: Sedric Ellis
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.
7:10 2nd Qtr San Diego 10 Buffalo 0 3:39 2nd Qtr Dallas 0 St. Louis 21 8:11 2nd Qtr Washington 17 Philadelphia 7 3:21 2nd Qtr Houston 0 New York 6 6:33 2nd Qtr Minnesota 6 New Orleans 13 4:38 2nd Qtr Tennessee 0 Cincinnati 12 4:47 2nd Qtr Baltimore 10 Cleveland 7 8:19 2nd Qtr Green Bay 7 Detroit 9 5:24 2nd Qtr Indianapolis 20 Jacksonville 0 4:18 2nd Qtr Oakland 3 New England 0 4:05 PM ET San Francisco Arizona 4:25 PM ET Denver Seattle 4:25 PM ET Kansas City Miami 8:30 PM ET Pittsburgh Carolina