- King mentions that the Saints could possibly come away with a third- or fourth-round pick for Evans.
- King adds that there’s still a chance New Orleans signs Jordan to a long-term contract.
According to King, the Saints are the “biggest power players” in the draft given that they have five picks in the first three rounds (13, 31, 44, 75 and 78).
Previous reports have confirmed that the Saints discussed trading Evans with other teams including the Bills. However, they were unable to reach a deal, and New Orleans found a trade partner in the Chiefs for Ben Grubbs.
Last year, the Saints picked up Jordan’s fifth-year option, which leaves him in line to make a salary of $6.969 million for the 2015 season.
Jordan, 25, appeared in all 16 games and recorded 50 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one interception, a fumble recovery and five pass defenses. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 29 defensive end in a 4-3 system out of 59 qualifying players.
Evans, 31, signed a seven-year, $56.7 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed back in 2010. He still has 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.