No. 7: RG Jahri Evans (0 from 2012, 4-time list member)
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Jahri Evans is the highest paid offensive lineman on the Saints roster and it’s something that’s well-earned. His place on this list is well-earned, too.
He has started 112 games to begin his career, which started as a fourth-round choice by the Saints in 2006. It’s the longest streak to open a career in Saints. He has been an All-Pro as well as has been voted into the Pro Bowl in each of the past four season
The Saints ran the ball 82 times behind Evans this past season, the third-highest total in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus’ statistics, he didn’t allow a sack this season.
Still, like Bushrod, Evans isn’t a vocal leader. It’s his silent leadership that makes him invaluable. Younger players can’t help but listen to him when he speaks up or watch him on a daily basis because of what he has done in his past.
And the past two offseasons have involved him restructuring his contract to help the Saints find salary cap space. While that’s not completely altruistic – he’s getting more money up front – it shows he’s willing to help the team in any way he can.