Evans made the Pro Bowl last season. However, he is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career -- thanks in large part to a torn ligament in his wrist. The 31-year-old is scheduled to make $7.5 million in salary in bonuses and a cap hit of $11 million. With the Saints sitting about $20 million over the projected salary cap, Evans' number is too high to swallow.
Evans' situation is another reminder that we are in the midst of the time in the NFL calendar when teams are scrambling to get under the salary cap before free agency begins (March 10). For many veteran players that means receiving the ultimatum: take a pay cut or get cut.