Black & Gold Xs & Os: Jahri Evans Signing Means Saints Keep Top Offense

Will Osgood@@BRwillosgoodAnalyst IMay 5, 2010

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Guard Jahri Evans #73 of the New Orleans Saints blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Imagine, for a moment, what it would be like as a Saints fan to have one of the top three quarterbacks in the game, a very underrated group of running backs and receivers, and perhaps the best offensive mind in all of football. It's not too hard to imagine because that is the reality.

Now imagine that the top three QB, underrated RBs and WRs, and top offensive mind were all wasted because their front five couldn't block your grandma.

The New Orleans Saints could be just that, if they didn't have one of the top offensive lines in all of football. However, because their line is so good, Sean Payton can put his uber creative mind to good use.

It looks like things will stay the same for quite some time.

On Wednesday, the Saints reached a contract agreement with Jahri Evans, the guy Payton says is their best and most consistent offensive lineman.

It's unusual to heap such praise on a right guard, but then again there is rarely a right guard as dominant as Evans. Evans was a Pro-Bowler last season, an honor most football people agree he should've have earned in years prior.

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A good lineman is rarely mentioned during telecasts. That description fits Evans to a tee. Last season, I can only remember him being flagged twice. I don't have official numbers, but if that's true, it's an incredible mark.

Jammal Brown averages that many flags per game, or so it seems.

Here's what I love most about the move. Last season, right tackle Jon Stinchcomb signed a deal that will keep him in New Orleans for four more seasons. The Saints recently drafted their center of the future in Matt Tennant. The entire right side of the line is locked up for the next four years.

Carl Nicks is still on his rookie contract, but with one more full and consistent season, the Saints will certainly lock him up. The only question going forward is who will play the penultimate left tackle position. The Saints have three guys battling for the last available line position.

As I've said before, realistically it is between Jermon Bushrod and Charles Brown. Either way, whoever loses that battle might be the best backup tackle in all of football.

Unlike the Darren Sharper signing on Monday, this move was a necessity. Without Evans, the offense wouldn't flow as well as it does. The Saints would soon become irrelevant on that side of the football.

Evan's new deal pretty much guarantees the best offense in football will remain that way for years to come.