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Sean Payton: Jahri Evans was an integral part of our success

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Guard Jahri Evans #73 of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field following the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Saints 31-19.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

We’ve known for a few days that guard Jahri Evans won’t be back with the Saints in 2016, but the team didn’t officially announce his departure until Friday.

The statement about the release is headed with a message of thanks on the Saints website along with a list of Evans’ accomplishments while he was a member of the team. It also includes praise from General Manager Mickey Loomis, who said Evans was “one of the best guards” in the league over his time with the team, and coach Sean Payton.

“Jahri has been a fantastic player for our team and an integral part of our success over the last 10 years,” Payton said in the statement. “He’s one of the toughest and smartest players I have ever been around in coaching and that coupled with his unselfishness and dependability made him one of the most respected players in our locker room. When we arrived in 2006, he was a part of our first draft class, which became the foundation for our 2009 championship team.”

Evans’ agent says his client wouldn’t take a pay cut to remain with the team and is “healthy and hungry” to move on to another team for the 2016 season.

In addition to formalizing the Evans move, the Saints announced the previously reported departures of linebacker David Hawthorne, linebacker Ramon Humber and wide receiver Seantavius Jones. They also announced that they have re-signed cornerback Tony Carter and fullback Austin Johnson. Both ended the season with the team, although Carter didn’t play after signing in December.

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22 Responses to “Sean Payton: Jahri Evans was an integral part of our success”
  1. tonyzendejas says: Feb 12, 2016 3:55 PM

    Hundreds of Brees’ incompletions went into the back of Jahri’s helmet. Adios, Mr. Evans. I hope you end up somewhere protecting a QB taller than 5’5″.

  2. dtp15 says: Feb 12, 2016 4:01 PM

    success is a relative term

  3. sb44champs says: Feb 12, 2016 4:13 PM

    success is a relative term
    Top 5 in wins over the last 10 years. I surmise that could imply success. By your definition, 27 other teams were even worse than the Saints lol

  4. 87hollywoodhorn says: Feb 12, 2016 4:19 PM

    If u have high hopes for the promising young talent on the saints offense and defense…smash DAT like button!!!

  5. chriskap11 says: Feb 12, 2016 4:27 PM

    Understand everyone wants their own 100 million contracts but the plain simple truth is you can’t build a dynasty with huge contracts

    With guys were happy with 5 million a year vs 20. Totally get it, need to make as much as possible in short time in case of injury.

    Now a days you have a 2-3 window to win then you lose the capability to hold the team together and then you have the fire sale the saints are facing

  6. ariani1985 says: Feb 12, 2016 4:40 PM

    Glad to be gone gate!!!

  7. thedom2424 says: Feb 12, 2016 4:43 PM

    Seahawks could use a Guard.

  8. noringsforvikings says: Feb 12, 2016 4:56 PM

    Get a new routine gate!!!

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 12, 2016 4:59 PM

    tonyzendejas says:
    Feb 12, 2016 3:55 PM
    Hundreds of Brees’ incompletions went into the back of Jahri’s helmet. Adios, Mr. Evans. I hope you end up somewhere protecting a QB taller than 5’5″.
    Brees won a Super bowl.
    Cam “Fig” Newton is 6’5, but he’s only 1 ft tall when he’s laying on his back.
    How did that work out for him?

  10. doubleogator says: Feb 12, 2016 5:03 PM

    Another hole to fill along with tight end on offense, not to mention the defense…we need another good draft…

  11. fanofpft says: Feb 12, 2016 5:43 PM

    This coach gets it. He must have been highly sought after by other teams.

  12. keylimelight says: Feb 12, 2016 5:52 PM

    It should be pointed out that Jahri took a cut last year when he restructured for the team. He just wasn’t willing to do it two years in a row. Please, don’t call him selfish.

    He was part of that Super Bowl winning front line that kept Drew Brees on his feet as well as plenty of time in the pocket.

    He’s a good guy, too.

  13. catquick says: Feb 12, 2016 6:18 PM

    If he’s so important, why did you try to pick his pockets?

  14. uglydingo says: Feb 12, 2016 7:53 PM

    Loomis spent big to keep Brees and paid for it by juggling the numbers each year. Net effect is that the chickens came home to roost the past 2 years with players like Jimmy Graham and now Jahri Evans jettisoned by the team. Jahri has served the team well.

  15. ausernamethatisavailable says: Feb 12, 2016 9:36 PM

    Jahri is by all accounts a great guy. Never got in trouble and always performed. Until a couple of years ago. Father Time gets the best of everyone eventually. Fact is while he was one of the two or three best o lineman in Saints history (only roaf stands out as obviously better), last year he was probably only the third or fourth best o lineman on the team. Time to go younger and cheaper.

  16. redstar504 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:55 PM

    He was a great player one of the best to play offensive line for the Saints probably only Willie Roaf was better but past 2 years his production slipped and look like someone said Brees is a small QB and with a small QB you have to hold down that interior protection, it’s why the Hawks struggled early when the Saints had taken Unger. Unger, wasn’t enough this year to cover for Evans and despite the numbers Brees had a rough year facing over center blitzes only that lightning quick release he has kept them competitive.

    Evans is a great player and he can for the right price be an asset to some team out there but the Saints need to be strong inside to be competitive they will never have a top defense any success they have will be all Brees so you have to get the best line you can inside for him.

    The team botched not going after La’el Collins last draft.

  17. whodat5150 says: Feb 12, 2016 10:07 PM

    I will continue to harp on my sincere belief that Mickey Loomis has to GO!!!

  18. crawfish2011 says: Feb 12, 2016 10:20 PM

    The Saints are reloading for a championship run.

  19. iknoweverything2 says: Feb 13, 2016 4:17 AM

    How many times do we see this as Saints fans. They do this every year and some how manage to work it out. I will put money down that he doesn’t have the success anywhere else that he had with the Saints, Brees makes his O-Line look better than they are. Ask Tampa when they took our PROBOWL O-LINEMAN!

  20. lagg1 says: Feb 13, 2016 9:58 AM

    Trust me, Evans will not be lacking in suitors when free agency opens up. Just ask the Ravens, Giants, Titans, Chargers to name just four.

  21. captainwhodat says: Feb 13, 2016 10:44 AM

    good guy…took one for the team last year, not willing to do it two years in a row…might have a chance to go to a legitimate super bowl contender…

  22. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 14, 2016 2:26 PM

    Thanks for everything, Jahri, and best of luck to you.

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