NEW ORLEANS — Saints all-time leading receiver Marques Colston has been informed he'll be released by the only team for which he has played during his 10-year pro career, media reports said.
Colston, 32, a seventh-round draft choice out of Hofstra in 2006, owns Saints receiving records for catches with 711, yards with 9,759 and touchdowns with 72. Playing through various injuries in recent years, Colston had his least productive season in 2015, with 520 yards and four touchdowns.
Cutting Colston would provide more than $3 million in salary-cap relief, though $2.7 million in dead money would be left behind.
The move had not been announced Wednesday or made official with the league office.
More surgery for Pierre-Paul: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery after the season on his right hand, damaged in a fireworks accident last year, hoping to improve flexibility, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said. "I spoke to Jason a couple of different times so far throughout the offseason. He seems in good spirits," McAdoo said at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. "He went through a procedure, and we'll have to see how that goes."
Pierre-Paul, a former USF standout who can be a free agent this offseason, lost his right index finger and damaged the hand in the July 4 accident. He missed the first half of the season and played the final eight games with his hand wrapped to protect it.
Broncos: Coach Gary Kubiak said he has been in contact with Peyton Manning but isn't pressuring him for a decision about his future. He also made it clear he wants quarterback Brock Osweiler on the team next season. Fifth-year backup Osweiler went 5-2 when Manning was hurt last season and is set to become a free agent next month.
Eagles: Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans was released in a move that saves $3.5 million in salary cap space.
49ers: General manager Trent Baalke said he "absolutely" expects quarterback Colin Kaepernick to be with the 49ers next season. Kaepernick went 2-6 in eight starts last season before being benched for Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick is recovering from medical procedures on his right thumb, left knee and left (nonthrowing) shoulder to fix a torn labrum. His $11.9 million 2016 contract becomes fully guaranteed for injury April 1 if he's on the roster. … Defensive tackle Quinton Dial signed a three-year contract extension through 2019. Financial terms weren't reported.
Jets: Coach Todd Bowles said he had surgery after the season to have a benign mass "almost the size of a golf ball" removed from his throat and he is "fine" and doesn't require post-surgical treatment.