The regular season is just days away, and the Saints still aren’t finished tinkering with their roster. On Wednesday, the team announced the return of offensive guard Jahri Evans, who was a six-time Pro Bowler for New Orleans between 2009-14.
The Saints released Evans in February in what was primarily a financially motivated move. That being said, the 33-year-old’s performance has clearly dropped off as well. At least the Seahawks thought so, seeing as they signed Evans to a one-year deal during the offseason, only to release him while trimming their roster to 53 players.
Then again, clearly the Saints thought differently of their decision. If nothing else, they realized the 11th-year veteran is better than any of the guys they currently have on their roster.
It’s unclear whether Evans will retake his traditional spot at right guard, but one would assume so. He’s familiar with center Max Unger and right tackle Zach Strief, so it should be as if he never left in the first place. It’s probably safe to say 2015 first-round draft pick Andrus Peat clearly hasn’t solidified himself as Evans’ replacement.
Brought back on a one-year deal, it remains to be seen where Evans has anything left to give remains to be seen. Either way, it’s kind of a nice story seeing such a great player have a chance to retire with the team he made his name and won a Super Bowl. Evans has started 153 games for the Saints, and it looks like they’re hoping he has 16-plus more left.