Saints give guard Evans 1-year contract extension, add cornerback Wilson on 1-year deal



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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year contract extension with veteran right guard Jahri Evans and have signed cornerback Kyle Wilson to a one-year contract.

General manager Mickey Loomis, who announced the moves on Wednesday, did not disclose financial terms. Evans' extension means his contract now runs through the 2017 season.

While Evans' agent, Jerrold Colton, declined to provide specific financial details of his client's contract, he said it allows the Saints to "significantly" lower Evans' salary cap number in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, while giving Evans "more guarantees and security going forward."

Evans' previous contract called for him to earn base salaries of $6.8 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016. Including bonuses, he would have counted about $11 million against the salary cap this season under his old contract.

"Jahri is tremendously looking forward to his 10th season in New Orleans, and hopes to play for several more years," Colton said in an email to The Associated Press.

Evans has spent his entire NFL career with New Orleans, starting in 2006, when he was a fourth-round draft choice out of Division II Bloomsburg. He has been selected to six consecutive Pro Bowls, second all-time among Saints offensive linemen behind Hall-of-Fame left tackle Willie Roaf's seven selections.

Wilson has spent his first five seasons with the New York Jets, who made him a late first-round draft choice out of Boise State in 2010.


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