The Green Bay Packers lost one of the better offensive guards in football earlier during free agency, but that didn’t mean that they would reach to take another guard for his replacement.
Per Bleacher Report, the Packers have signed former New Orleans Saints offensive guard Jahri Evans. The roster move helps Green Bay bring in a replacement possibility for the loss of T.J. Lang. Lang left the Packers for rival Detroit Lions earlier this free agency.
At 33-years-old, Evans has played in this league for the past 11 seasons in New Orleans protecting another NFL great Drew Brees. Now he comes to Green Bay to help protect the game’s top QB in Aaron Rodgers. Evans should step in right away and start opposite of right tackle Bryan Bulaga, giving the Packers a nice combo on the right side.
Earlier, Rodgers came out and said that the team shouldn’t reach for an offensive guard in this upcoming draft that begins tonight. With Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy, and Lucas Patrick, Rodgers like what they had in the locker room currently and knew the bodies there would be able to get the job done. He must feel extra safe now bringing in a veteran like Evans just prior to the draft.
By signing a guard, a position the team did need to address one way or another, it allows Green Bay to concentrate on the defensive side of the ball and at running back during this weekend’s draft that begins tonight with the first-round of the draft. Unless the team takes a guard in this year’s draft, it appears that the starting job will be given to the veteran. That is a great thing, especially since many feel that the offensive line is one of the weaker classes in recent history.
Replacing Lang at the right guard, a player that was regarded one of the better guards in all of football, Evans will have some huge shoes to fill as he likely enters the starting lineup. I think Evans is more than capable of filling those shoes with his time in the league and his ability to keep defensive linemen off his quarterback in the trenches.
The signing of Evans appears to be a deal that will be good for both the Packers and Rodgers as they continue to move towards that ultimate goal of the Super Bowl!