Saints' Loomis views Brandon Coleman as 'heir apparent' to Marques Colston

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The New Orleans Saints may not have to look far for an eventual replacement for veteran wide receiver Marques Colston.

General manager Mickey Loomis spoke very highly of Brandon Coleman during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, describing him as "a big guy out of Rutgers that has done some good things and I think in many ways is the heir apparent to Marques."

Coleman came on strong late last season, catching 16 passes for 231 yards in the final five games. Colston, meanwhile, finished with a career-low 45 catches for 520 yards and four touchdowns.

Releasing Colston with a post-June 1 designation would save the Saints $3.2 million against the salary cap, though parting ways with their all-time leading receiver wouldn't be an easy decision to make.

"Marques has meant so much to our franchise the last 10 years," Loomis said. "Just steady, great leadership, he's just been fantastic."