"(The Saints) were very honest with me," Evans told the newspaper Wednesday. "They said, 'We want you back, we'll make you happy. But we've got to get this (labor) deal done.' And I think (general manager) Mickey (Loomis) said, 'We're gonna offer three guys.' I was expecting that to be Pierre (Thomas), Lance (Moore), probably Roman Harper -- guys who are much more important than me. Listen, my deal will come when need be."
"Pierre is the piece of that backfield that we could not afford to let go," Evans said. "He is that 1-2-3 down back that if he's healthy, I'm telling you, I'm starting my backfield with him every time. I don't know if there's another back I'm choosing.
"I don't think we can afford to let go of Reggie either. People don't realize what Reggie does for our offense. ... He is limitless in what he can bring to the table."