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Saints release 5-time Pro Bowl guard Evans

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints released six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans, one of the key pillars of their Super Bowl championship team, along with linebackers David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber and receiver Seantavius Jones on Monday.

Evans' release comes as a mild surprise since the 32-year-old has been a 10-year starter and one of the greatest players in franchise history. But it's not a complete shock because of his age and the Saints' annual salary-cap squeeze.

The Saints were roughly $10 million over the projected salary cap to start this offseason.