February 8, 2016 Saints Roster Moves
The New Orleans Saints have released veteran players, Jahri Evans, David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber. Seantavius Jones was waived and Cornerback Tony Carter was added to the roster.
Saints Roster Moves – Players Released
Jahri Evans was selected in the fourth round of the draft by the Saints in 2006. He has spent his entire ten-year career with the Saints while making six Pro Bowls. in May 2010, the Saints signed him to a seven-year, $56.7 million contract that made him the highest paid guard in NFL history. His $3million salary for 2016 was due to be guaranteed on Wednesday–the same day a $1million dollar roster bonus is due. He has been a stalwart right guard for the Saints for many years, and a large part of the Saints success is due to the play of Evans. In August 2015, Evans bought a share of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, joining Marques Colston, who had bought a piece of the team in 2014.
David Hawthorne was brought in as a free agent from Seattle in 2012. The Saints will save $2.25 million with respect to his salary. Hawthorne took a pay cut in 2015 to remain with the team. In 2015, his rotation in the roster diminished. Hawthorne will be 31 in May. By releasing Hawthorne, the Saints gain a net cap savings of $2.25 million, his base salary for 2016, but will carry $2.26 million in dead money. Hawthorne competed with Stephone Anthony in training camp to replace Curtis Lofton. Anthony won the job.
Ramon Humber started his NFL career as an updrafted free agent with the Colts. He signed with the Saints in 2010 and was known for his energetic play.
Saints Roster Moves – Players Waived
The Saints have waived wide receiver Seantavius Jones as well. Jones was on the Saints roster at the end of the season. He and Brandon Coleman competed for roster time, and it seemed Coleman got the nod, hauling in several nice catches during the season.
Saints Roster Moves – Players Added
Roster additions include cornerback Tony Carter. Carter signed with the Denver Bronocs as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He has also played with the Patriots, Vikings, and Colts. He was signed by the Saints in December 2015 but subsequently waived.