Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans has agreed to terms with the Saints on a contract that will keep him in a black and gold uniform through 2016 and officially makes him the highest paid right guard in the NFL.
The deal is reportedly worth a staggering 56.7M spread over the next seven years making it apparent how intent the Saints franchise was on keeping him around for many years to come.
Evans has developed into the best guard in the league after being drafted by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2006 draft with the 108th pick even though he was projected by scouts as a seventh round draft selection.
Along with fellow starters Jon Stinchcomb, Jonathan Goodwin, Carl Nicks and Jammal Brown Evans is an integral part of what is now considered the best offensive line in football, a line that all0wed a franchise low 13 sacks in 2008.
Evans was named to the 2010 NFC Pro Bowl roster after another solid season but ironically didn’t play in the contest as the Saints were scheduled to face the Colts in Super Bowl 44 the following week.
The Saints, with Evans help, went on to beat the Colts 31-17 and secure their first ever Super Bowl Championship in the franchises 44 year history.