Last week, the New Orleans Saints announced that 13 restricted free agents had been offered tenders. Curiously absent were running back Mike Bell and guard Jahri Evans.
Bell has since received the low-level, right-of-first-refusal tender. Evans is at the other extreme.
According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Evans will be tendered at the highest level, with a one-year salary of $3.168 million and a first-round and third-round pick as compensation to the Saints if he leaves.
That said, it might not be enough to block someone from coming after him. Quality offensive linemen are hard to find, and the one/three price tag is a lot easier to swallow for teams at the bottom of the rounds. With the Colts needing to improve their wall of blockers, don’t be shocked if they make a serious run at Evans.