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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Saints restructure Jahri Evans' deal

By Pat Yasinskas

We already told you about the contract restructure for New Orleans guard Ben Grubbs and the fact that linebacker David Hawthorne also has reworked his deal to give the Saints some salary-cap room.

Well, they’ve done even more.

According to a league source, guard Jahri Evans has restructured his contract to free up $3.12 million in cap space. The Saints gave Evans a $4.16 signing bonus up front, but dropped his base salary from $7.2 million to $3.04 million.

Evans had been scheduled to have a $9.86 million cap figure. But the restructure drops that figure to $6.74 million. There also has been a report that receiver Marques Colston has restructured his contract.

According to my calculations, the moves leave the Saints about $4.5 million over the projected salary cap. They'll have to release players or restructure more contracts to get under by March 12.