Saints Give Jahri Evans Richest Contract Ever For A Guard

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Jahri Evans Will Make $19 Million In Year One Of New Contract

Jahri Evans signed a lucrative contract extension that will pay him $56.7 million over seven years. He was a restricted free agent -- and not under contract -- so the 30 percent rule didn't apply to him.

That's why he was able to get some staggering numbers in the early stages of his contract.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Evans contract will pay him a whopping $19 million in year one. By the first three years he'll make $25.7 million.

The contract is believed to be the highest ever for a guard. The previous high mark for guards was the $8 million per year deal Alan Faneca received from the Jets. Evans deal will pay him $8.1 million per year.

Catch up on all things Saints at Canal Street Chronicles.

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Saints Give Jahri Evans Richest Contract Ever For A Guard

On a day the Saints needed some good publicity, they've gotten. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Saints and guard Jahri Evans agreed to terms on a contract that will keep him in New Orleans through 2016.

Per Schefter, it's a $56.7 million deal over seven years. 

It's the richest contract given to a guard in NFL history.

For Evans, this is a major pay raise. He's working off of his rookie contract from the Saints after they drafted him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL draft. He was plugged in as a starter at right guard and hasn't looked back since.

2009 was his best year garnering Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.

For all things Saints, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles.

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