The Saints were hoping to rework his contract to create more cap space. Evans has started all but two games for the Saints over the last nine seasons.
"Those aren’t holes," Payton said about losing Grubbs and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. "We’re not moving a player if we feel like there’s no…we feel like we have a pretty good idea of how everything is lining up. We’ve got a center we know that starts in this NFL, we’ve got a guard, (Tim) Lelito will play left guard, Jahri Evans is the right guard. The same way at receiver. So we weren’t looking to make a move that created another 'must'."
Lelito played 294 snaps on offense last season, per Pro Football Focus, and graded out positively as a run blocker and negatively as a pass blocker. He was an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State in 2013.
Evans is scheduled to make $6.8 million salary in 2015 and cost $11 million against the cap.
The team might also extend defensive end
Evans' cap hit for the 2015 season would be $11 million and with the Saints at least $20 million over the cap, the team was prepared to release Evans to gain flexibility. The two sides are now trying to rework a deal to keep Evans in a Saints uniform.
Evans, who was supposed to play in the Pro Bowl, but was held out for an undisclosed injury, played on 16 games for New Orleans in 2014. He has only missed two games in his nine-year career for the Saints and is expected to be ready for OTAs.
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