The New Orleans Saints announced that they’ve signed veteran G Jahri Evans to a one-year extension on Wednesday.
According to Aaron Wilson, Evans’ extension is worth $18 million in total and includes a $5.4 million signing bonus. Evans will make $9.5 million guaranteed as part of this agreement.
Next year, Evans will make a base salary of $3.8 million, which includes $2 million guaranteed. In 2017, he has a $4.9 million base salary as well as a $1 million roster bonus.
The Saints reduced Evans’ $6.8 million base salary to $1.003 million and in turn dropped his $11 million cap figure to $7 million, per Wilson.
There had been a lot of talk in recent weeks that Evans could be available for trade, but after they sent Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs for a draft pick, it would have been tough to replace another Pro Bowl caliber offensive lineman.
Evans, 31, signed a seven-year, $56.7 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed back in 2010. He had two years remaining on that contract that includes base salaries of $6.8 million in 2015 and another $8 million in 2016.
Over the course of his nine-year NFL career, Evans has missed just two games for the Saints. Pro Football Focus has Evans rated as the No. 46 guard in the league out of 68 qualifying players.