Nov 25, 2010; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans (73) against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans restructures contract to help free cap space

The New Orleans Saints managed to get some much needed help with the cap space situation.

According to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Sheftner, guard Jahri Evans, who signed a seven-year, $56.7 million contract in 2010 that made him the highest-paid guard in the league at the time, has restructured his contract.

The restructuring saves the Saints $2 million in salary cap space.

The only other member of the black and gold to restructure so far to help the team was defensive end Will Smith.

Smith restructured the contract extension he signed in 2008 started in 2009, This allows the Saints to spread his cap hit across the final three seasons of the contract, reducing his cap hit from $10.15 million to close to $5 million.

He was set to have a base salary of $7 million for the 2012 season.

By doing this, the Saints saved $4.78 million in cap space in 2012, according to

The Saints would have saved $6.15 million by released Smith outright.

Reports vary on how much the New Orleans Saints are under the cap exactly, but they are between $17 million and $22 million an assumed $120 million dollar cap by the league, with the Evans and Smith restructures.

The official salary cap for the 2012 NFL season is expected to be announced sometime today.

With 15 free agents this offseason, including star quarterback Drew Brees, talented guard Carl Nicks, and wide receiver Marques Colston the Saints desperately need to restructure some contracts if they have any hopes of re-signing any of the free agents.

Players that should be expected to be contacted for restructured contracts due to high cap hits in 2012, are players like OT Jermon Bushrod ($6.7 million), MLB Jonathan Vilma ($6.6 million), DT Sedrick Ellis ($6.2 million), CB Jabari Greer ($6.1 million), and WR Lance Moore ($4.6 million).

Should these players restructure to help the team, it would put them in good shape to re-sign all the players needed and be able to spread the wealth around.

Below is the free agent list for this offseason:

John Kasay, kicker; Drew Brees, quarterback; Shaun Rogers, defensive tackle; John Gilmore, tight end; Aubrayo Franklin, defensive tackle; Marques Colston, receiver; Pat McQuistan, offensive line; Courtney Roby, receiver; Leigh Torrence, cornerback; Jeff Charleston, defensive end; Turk McBride, defensive end; Robert Meachem, receiver; Jo-Lonn Dunbar, linebacker; Carl Nicks, guard; Tracy Porter, cornerback

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  • larryjames836

    This is what you call love for your fellow teammates Mr. Evans you will be blessed and Mr. Smith you will be blessed also God love a cheerful givers the haters are trying to hold the Saints down or out, good luck to you guys.

  • BGWhoDat

    I completely agree, Larry.
    The New Orleans Saints players need to step to the plate and do what plenty of other teams are doing and restructure to help with the salary cap. Winning a Super Bowl is much more than an individual effort, it requires a team. Selfishness and money hounding won’t get you anywhere this age. It’s good to see Evans and Smith leading by example.
    Thanks for your comment. Who Dat.

  • larryjames836

    I think all the guys that has part in the New Orleans Saints team need to set down with one another mainly with there QB Drew Brees and talk about the up coming season and come up with a plan. When the NFL had the Lockout Drew Brees had stepped up to the plate and had the guys training doing the Lockout this is team work and leadership. Sometime our words is our bond I believe Drew Brees he was going to do what it takes to keep all the player together now is the time show the team most of all the fans. They all depending on Drew Brees to standup and run another Super Bowl run and prove to the NFL and the haters all over the world that they can win without peoples saying they are running a bounty program. They need this win because right now the Saints are at the bottom of the lead as dirty player.

  • aryanspecial

    @larryjames836 Is Drew really doing what it takes to keep the core together? I’m a big fan of his, but demanding 23 mil for the next 3 seasons is sort of opposite of what Evans and Smith have done. He cost us a franchise tag that could’ve been used elsewhere if he could’ve simply agreed to what was already a huge contract on the table. I understand that his numbers have been sick and his value is unquestioned, but sometimes if you want to win and keep good talent around you, you can’t expect the moon and the stars. Over 50 players to pay and you want over 1/6 of the cap? Come on man.
    Drew definitely isn’t hurting for endorsement deals either and definitely see more to come for him. Share the wealth man, you need your OL and WRs too.

  • larryjames836

    Drew Brees knows them records broking games he not looking at nor thinking about his coverage from the line without a good offensive line he is in trouble so he must think about his safety. I think his agent is a gold digger his agent knows the Saints in a bad fix if would have signed up before the season ended the Saints would have had enough money to do what were needed to hold the team together but his agent and him turned it down. Really I don’t know what Drew Brees want from his team Drew Brees is not hurting for money so what is the problem I don’t know if he done got the big head I hope he is not getting greedy because the fans love him. The most important thing is keeping the fans happy yes I do believe that Drew Brees are hurting the team in his own way he is the one holding up everything the games are going to be played with or without Brees there are a lot quarterbacks out there that are young and can throw that ball I hope he come his senses before to late.