Saints Release Jahri Evans, Three Other Players
The NFL season is officially over, and the Saints didn't wait long to cut ties with Jahri Evans and three other players.
Evans, a ten year veteran on the offensive line, adds more dead money to the Saints' already strapped check book. That brings their total to around $20 million in dead money on the books, which is a whopping number to look at for even an inexperienced financial eye.
Humber has been a member of the Saints since 2010, and he contributed 50 tackles in the 2015 campaign. He will turn 29 this year, and Hawthorne is already 30 years old. Their departure might be a sign of a youth movement in New Orleans, with solid building blocks like Stephone Anthony and Hau'oli Kikaha already in place.
This surely isn't the end of the deck-shuffling for the Saints. After two straight losing seasons, it looks like the front office isn't going into the 2016 offseason in denial.
Evans, Humber and Hawthorne's time is up with the Saints, and it looks like the same can be said for Brandon Browner. What's the next move for New Orleans?
The team also released Seantavious Jones, but his impact was minimal aside from some training camp buzz heading into last season. In all, New Orleans will cut about $4.5 million in cap space. Will it be enough money to maneuver with in free agency?
Drew Brees, Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis watched the confetti fall on the Denver Broncos on this year's Super Bowl. One day later, the team is already making decisions to try and be in that position again down the road.