The New Orleans Saints on Monday released six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans, per multiple reports. The move was a cost-cutting procedure to save them from having to pay his upcoming roster bonus.
Evans is 32 years old and heading in the wrong direction, but is still better than what the Bears have on the roster at guard. If Kyle Long stays at tackle — either on the right side or the left — the Bears could use improvement on the inside where Vladimir Ducasse was a bit of a disappointment in 2015.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace is familiar with Evans when he spent time with the Saints organization, and that could help with negotiations if the Bears are even entertaining the idea of bringing the veteran in for a look.
Update: Per ProFootballTalk.com, Evans’ agent, Jerrold Colton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that this was the second year in a row that the Saints approached he and his client about taking a pay cut, which Evans refused. Evans apparently has no interest in playing at a discount rate, thus might lend a little insight into the kind of contract he’s looking for. It’s clear he wants to be a serious piece to an offensive line, not a stopgap solution.