New Orleans Saints release four players, including Jahri Evans

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Dec 28, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans (73) blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Per ESPN’s Field Yates and reports, the New Orleans Saints are releasing long-time guard Jahri Evans, linebackers Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne, and wide receiver Seantavius Jones.

The moves were reported by Yates on Monday, per his league sources. This news was also confirmed, as all four players were listed on the NFL Transaction Wire.

Jahri Evans was due a fully guaranteed $3 million on Wednesday, if he were to stay on the Saints roster. Heading into 2016, Evans had the third highest salary on the team at $8.2 million. David Hawthorne had a $500,000 guarantee coming, and his $4.51 million salary was the team’s eleventh highest.

Between Evans and Hawthorne, this will save the Saints several million dollars in salary cap space for 2016. However, Evans will create a blow of around $5.1 million in dead money. Evans, who only played eleven games for the Saints last season, will turn 33 in August. He will absolutely go down as one of the best offensive linemen in Saints history.

Ramon Humber plugged in for the Saints considerably last season due to injuries at the linebacker spot. Humber has been with the team since 2010, and was a strong special teams player for years. As for David Hawthorne, who joined the team in 2012 from free agency, the team finally makes right on a very underwhelming player. Hawthorne had been mediocre at best, and was beat out early in training camp by rookie Stephone Anthony.

Moving on from Seantavius Jones could be a strong possibility, as the Saints locked up several receivers on reserve/future contracts recently.

Not among Monday’s cuts was cornerback Brandon Browner, who hinted that his release was coming just several days ago.

So it begins, folks.