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Sean Payton: Jahri Evans will remain New Orleans Saints’ right guard


After several shocking moves made by the New Orleans Saints over the last couple of weeks, many expected Jahri Evans would be next as part of a trade or being released.

Well, according to Sean Payton, that will not happen.  The Saints’ head coch said that the All-Pro offensive lineman is expected to be in the starting lineup at right guard in 2015, but Evans was still the talk of trade, along with left guard Ben Grubbs, who was dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs for a fifth-round pick.

“There was some trade talk with both these players (Evans and Grubbs), there was some interest by other teams with respect to a possible trade,” Payton said at the NFL owners meeting in Arizona.  “Jahri will play for us at right guard.  I think that the restructure of his contract with regards to this upcoming season, I don’t know if that’s resolved in how it’s going to play out.”

While Jahri Evans will remain in the Big Easy, Payton said that some sort of restructure on his contract is not out of the question.  The team is set to take a total cap hit of $11 million from Evans this year.

Following the end to a disappointing season in the Crescent City and a decline in production from Jahri Evans, the Saints’ right guard underwent a procedure to repair a partially torn ligament in his wrist.

Obviously, Sean Payton and company feel comfortable moving forward with Evans, who still managed to get elected to his sixth-consecutive Pro Bowl.

At one time, Evans was arguably the best guard in the NFL, so bouncing back from surgery and a mediocre year is very possible.  Let’s not forget, a lack of production at the center position forced him into a heavier workload.  A healthy Evans alongside newly acquired Pro Bowl center Max Unger could help the offensive line get right back on track.

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