New Orleans Saints reach new deal with Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints and Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans have reached a one-year deal, and to make room, the Saints are releasing second-year quarterback Garrett Grayson.

Evans was recently released by the Seattle Seahawks, and that’s when he was brought in to New Orleans for a visit.

“His presentation in Seattle was, we thought, pretty good. He’s in good shape, he’s big. He knows our system,” says Saints coach Sean Payton.

Evans started at right guard with the Saints for 10 years after being drafted in the fourth round out of Bloomsburg in 2006. ESPN says it’s unclear if Evans will start in his former role immediately, or if the Saints will stick with projected starters Tim Lelito at right guard and Andrus Peat at left guard.

Initially, the Saints deemed Evans expendable because of age and salary issues when they released him back in February. Evans then signed with the Seahawks in August, but was unable to crack the roster since they liked their young starting guards and chose backups with more flexibility.

Evans established himself as one of the NFL’s premier offensive linemen during the past decade. He was named the first-team All-Pro four times and signed a seven-year, $56.7 million contract in 2010, making him the wealthiest guard in NFL history at the time.