Jahri Evans is far, far away from Bloomsburg.
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis nailed down an important though not prominent piece of the team’s offense by signing Pro-Bowl guard Evans to a seven-year contract worth $56.7 million.
Evans, who had refused to sign the team’s restricted free agent tender offer of $3.168 million for one year, becomes the highest paid guard in league history and one of the highest paid members of a Saints squad, which already has one of the highest paid running backs in the NFL.
The Black and Gold’s offensive line has been rightly credited for much of the team’s success this season, buying quarterback Drew Brees ample time to make throws and opening holes for the team’s new-found running attack.
In 2010 they had the distinction of being named the first ever Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award recipient, an accolade given to the NFL’s best offensive line.
With the huge deal with Evans done, the Saints put their money where their mouth is concerning their commitment to retain key young talent and protecting the franchise player.
This is good news for Brees and better news for fellow guard Carl Nicks, whose contract ends after the 2010 season.