Best plan for the New Orleans Saints to let Jahri Evans go and retain Carl Nicks?

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New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans (73) against the Dallas Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Two-time Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks wants to remain with the New Orleans Saints this season, but he also wants to make more money than fellow team mate Jahri Evans to stick with the team.

Evans, aslo a multiple Pro Bowl selection, was signed by the Saints to a seven-year contract worth $56.7 million dollars before the 2010 season, of which $25.7 million is guranteed over the first three years.

The deal effectively made Evans the highest paid guard in the NFL, and assured that the Saints had him locked up for nearly the next decade.

Now Nicks, much like Evans, is looking to become the highest paid guard in the league and he expects to get paid more or head into free agency barring the franchise tag, which he is clearly not a fan.

I haven’t talked to (general manager) Mickey (Loomis) at all, I’ve heard a lot of rumors of the franchise tag, which is a lot of money, If you want to pay me, which I’m not a big fan of, what the franchise tag for an offensive lineman is worth, we might as well work on a deal. Yes, I’d be upset if I got franchise tagged, straight up and down. — Nicks Sirius NFL Radio interview

However once the Saints finalize a new deal with quarterback Drew Brees then it becomes increasingly hard for the team to assemble this “mega contract” that Nicks is hoping to achieve.

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  • BGWhoDat

    Jabari Greer is getting I think $6 million in 2012. He was thrown at 121 times, most in the league, and they completed 67 passes against him. The only cornerback better in our division may be Grimes, but overall, I think Greer is worth the money. I can’t see them cutting our top cornerback, considering Tracy Porter will likely be leaving. Porter had the 3rd worst completion percentage when thrown at, with 71.2% of passes completed when thrown at him. He was thrown at 73 times for 52 completions. Robinson is a good fit though.. Opponents QB rating when throwing against him was 59.3, 7th best in the NFL. I can’t see Greer being cut, but maybe asked to restructure his deal.

  • Keith Null

    @BGWhoDat

    Likely that will be the case, but Greer may not be willing to take a pay cut condering he is a top ten corner in the league. I like Greer, and he will likely stay, Porter though is a different story. Gurantee some team will offer him a sizeable contract in free agency to leave the Saints.

  • BGWhoDat

    @Keith Null

    I agree that Porter will likely get offered a bigger contract and judging by the statistics, it’s best to let him walk.

    Greer is a good man to man cornerback and he rarely gave up a big play. I think at $6 million the price is great. Asante Samuel was in the top 10 in the NFL this year and he is making $8 million. So he is being paid like a good cornerback, not a great one, based on some of the salary in the top 10. For that reason, I think Greer won’t be asked to restructure. But, I wouldn’t put it past the Saints to try. If he declines, I don’t believe it will effect him.