Jerrold Colton, the agent for former Saints G Jahri Evans, mentioned during an interview with WIP Radio that his client declined to take a pay cut for the second straight year to return to New Orleans.
“The Saints came to us for the second year in a row about doing a little contract adjustment and pay cut this year,” Colton said, via Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “We weren’t going to do it again.
“He’s healthy and hungry and looking forward to the next chapter of his career.”
The Saints are once again in a tough cap situation, so they had to clear some cap room, even if it meant parting ways with their long-term guard.
Evans, 32, was entering the second year of his three-year, $18 million contract that included $9.5 million guaranteed when the Saints cut him in a move that cleared $1.1 million in available cap space while creating $7.1 million in dead money.
In 2015, Evans appeared in 11 games for the Saints. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 38 guard out of 82 qualifying players.