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Saints News, 2/23/15: Saints Prepared To Release Jahri Evans If Deal Can't Be Negotiated

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From Nola.com: The Saints were initially prepared to release Evans, according to league sources, as they work to get under the NFL salary cap by the new league year on March 10. However, they've recently reached out to Evans' camp to figure out a way to keep him. The Saints are at least $20 million over the NFL's projected salary cap of $143 million for each team next season. They can get close to that number through simple contract restructures, but still face some difficult decisions about what to do with their high-priced veterans. The Saints cannot afford to bring back Evans and fellow guard Ben Grubbs at their current salaries. Grubbs' 2015 cap number is $9.6 million.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Cap-strapped Saints were prepared to release Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans, now negotiating to keep him, sources say <a href="http://t.co/pV1bhrFMCI">http://t.co/pV1bhrFMCI</a></p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/569845798407528448">February 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> new college scouting director Jeff Ireland: Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton have been &#39;letting me do my thing&#39; <a href="http://t.co/KdpaIcBklP">http://t.co/KdpaIcBklP</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/569845999906066433">February 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/SInow">@SInow</a>: Sean Payton said the Saints are in need of better leadership in 2015 <a href="http://t.co/ZOA4EAshkz">http://t.co/ZOA4EAshkz</a> <a href="http://t.co/ht9LA2Exph">pic.twitter.com/ht9LA2Exph</a>&quot;</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/569663941858582528">February 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The time is getting close!! I&#39;m shaving my head for St. Baldrick&#39;s Foundation Please click on the link to donate!! &#10;<a href="http://t.co/dOo4Z6Fyq0">http://t.co/dOo4Z6Fyq0</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/status/569656445106434048">February 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thanks <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a> for letting me take a picture with you at midnight . I hope you find your luggage . <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@nfl</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/rtaczwYscL">pic.twitter.com/rtaczwYscL</a></p>&mdash; Romtin toranji (@Romtinthegreat) <a href="https://twitter.com/Romtinthegreat/status/569617233070026752">February 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Little more on the Saints coaching staff. They didn&#39;t send them all to the Senior Bowl, but Payton wanted the whole staff together this week</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/569611292274663424">February 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mainly to get all the new guys on the same page, since some of them just got hired. Had an all-staff dinner, etc...</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/569611449334509568">February 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Nothing like getting back from a week long trip at midnight w 4 kids and not a single bag shows up at baggage claim. Yippee!</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/569595929549910016">February 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I love that Drew Brees just took to Twitter to complain about something. Especially that it&#39;s an airline problem. He&#39;s officially one of us!</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/569598407838457858">February 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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