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New Orleans Saints sign CB Kyle Wilson, extend G Jahri Evans

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The New Orleans Saints were back in action Wednesday after a quiet week in the Big Easy.

The Back and Gold announced that they have signed cornerback Kyle Wilson, formerly of the New York Jets.  The Boise State product was drafted by New York with the No. 29 overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft — three picks before ex-Saints CB Patrick Robinson.

Wilson has not lived up to his first-round hype, struggling a bit with the Jets, but another cornerback was needed down on the bayou after P-Rob departed for San Diego.  In five seasons, Wilson has totaled 162 combined tackles, 17 passes defended and just three interceptions.

The 5-foot-10 Kyle Wilson will be battling as the favorite to take over slot duties while Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner hold it down on the outside.

The New Orleans Saints have also extended the contract of All-Pro guard Jahri Evans for one year after trade and pay cut talks surrounded the offensive lineman for several weeks.  Coach Sean Payton shot down those talks last week, saying Evans would be the starting right guard in 2015.

During March’s annual NFL owners meeting, Payton said the team was trying to work out a deal to touch up Evans’ contract.  The New Orleans Saints were set to take a $11 million cap hit in 2015 (2nd highest on the team) from Evans.  The new deal will likely lower that number.

The terms of Kyle Wilson’s one-year deal and Jahri Evans’ extension have not yet been revealed.

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