The free agent market for unrestricted free agents whose contracts are expiring won't open officially until 4 pm on Wednesday. For those players who were released or had their contracts terminated they're free to visit now. That's why Buffalo played host to veteran free agent guard Jahri Evans Monday.
Evans, 32, a six-time Pro Bowl guard and four-time first team All-Pro, met with Bills coaches and toured the team facilities at One Bills Drive.
The New Orleans Saints released Evans in a cost cutting move Feb. 8th. They had just restructured his contract last offseason. At the start of this offseason however, New Orleans was still about $10M over the projected cap for 2016 and released Evans along with two other players in early February.
A four-time first team All-Pro selection, Evans was an instant starter for the Saints after they made him a fourth-round pick out of Bloomsburg in 2006. His most recent Pro Bowl nod came in 2014.
Evans also has a great deal of familiarity with Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, which could lead to a smooth transition for the veteran lineman if he sees himself as a good fit in Buffalo. Kromer served as Evans' offensive line coach in New Orleans for four seasons from 2009-2012.