GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers allowed Pro Bowl right guard T.J. Lang to leave in free agency, but replaced him with six-time Pro Bowler Jahri Evans on a one-year contract.
Details of the contract revealed by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show he’ll make up to $2.25 million, with a base salary of $1.15 million. Many pundits believe Lang would have commanded around $8 million per year to stay in Green Bay. He ultimately signed with Detroit on a three-year, $28.5 million deal.
The Evans deal nets him a $200,000 signing bonus, $800,000 per game roster bonus, $100,000 workout bonus, and $225,000 in other incentives.
Evans spent the first 11 seasons in New Orleans where he was named a First Team All-Pro guard four times. The Evans signing allowed Packers general manager Ted Thompson the flexibility in the NFL Draft to make trades and address defense.
The Green Bay Packers needed to replace T.J. Lang at right guard, and they may have done it on Wednesday.
The team announced the signing of veteran Jahri Evans, who was cut by the New Orleans Saints last month.
Evans was a first-team All-Pro for four straight seasons (2009-2012) and a six-time Pro Bowler, most recently in 2014. A fourth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Evans started 169 games for the Saints over his 11 years in the league.
Green Bay was unable to resign Lang this offseason, and he ended up with the Detroit Lions.
Though the Packers will almost certainly take one or more offensive linemen in the draft this week, Evans will likely be the favorite to win the starting job at right guard when training camp opens in July.