Hours before free agency began on Tuesday, the Saints star receiver according to a five-year contract to stay in the Big Easy. A little later, he sent his top wide receiver from Miami, Marshall, the Bears' two draft picks.
Then, another recipient of the headlines in Washington, when Pierre Garcon joined the Redskins after the free agency frenzy began.
"This was important for me to be with this team in this situation," Colston said in a statement released by the Saints. "I was not looking to pursue free agency. Was more important to me to be back in our program, a program that we have been building and a program that we believe"
The free agent, of course, is Peyton Manning, who was released last week by the Colts. He is still holding its limited tour teams, but the Dolphins trade their No. 1 receiver could indicate Miami is out of the race for MVP in the league four times.
"Brandon Marshall in Miami?" Dolphins center Mike Pouncey Twitter. "Tell me this is not true ..."
Garcon had 188 receptions for 16 touchdowns and an average of 13.4 yards in four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Last year had 70 receptions for 947 yards and six touchdowns in Indianapolis finished 2-14.
Washington, which is losing $ 36 million in cap space over the next two seasons for the excessive spending in the uncapped 2010 season, also re-signed defensive end Adam Carriker for four years and $ 20 million, with $ 7 million guaranteed $.
Also re-up with their teams were the Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, Todd Herremans tackle Eagles, Chargers center Nick Hardwick, Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas, Vikings quarterback backup Sage Rosenfels, the Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant and linebacker Heath Farwell, Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, and 49ers linebacker Tavares Gooden, a valuable special teams player.
Thomas missed the Giants last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a preseason game against Chicago. The 27-year-old hopes to be ready for training camp with the defending Super Bowl champions.
"I definitely wanted to come back here. This is home for me," said Thomas. "Coming from an injury, is better than returning to the same team. You know the staff and personnel, and they know you. You know the defense."
Hardwick expected to stay in San Diego.
"I know how hard these guys work here and how hard the coaches work and time put in and how everything is detailed and very specific, and I could not imagine going somewhere," he said.
San Francisco, who signed enigmatic wide receiver Randy Moss on Monday, cornerback Perrish Cox said Tuesday. Nor in the league last year.
Cox is getting a fresh start with San Francisco, signing a two-year contract after being acquitted of sexual assault charges in Colorado earlier this month. Moss did not play in 2011, when no team signed him.
Players released Tuesday include Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman, tackle Eric Winston Texans and backup quarterback Matt Leinart, Cardinals tackle Levi Brown and San Diego, tackle Marcus McNeill. Look for teams to have a strong interest in Winston and Brown.
Star linebacker-defensive end Mario Williams came to Buffalo, where is the priority of the Bills for the first time in free agency. Williams was limited to only five games last season before tearing a chest muscle.