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Posted by Albert Breer  May 5, 2010 02:56 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Saints have come to an agreement with restricted free-agent guard Jahri Evans, lavishing a seven-year, $56.7 million deal on the All-Pro, and giving him $19 million in the first year of the contract and $25.7 million between 2010-12.

We mentioned yesterday, referencing Patrick Willis and Jerod Mayo, that every new deal impacts others.

The Willis-Mayo thing is a long-range thing (Mayo's got three years left on his deal, and a long way to go in reaching Willis' level). Evans's deal figures to have much more immediate consequences with the Patriots ... and their dealings with Logan Mankins.

Mankins is staying away from the team's workouts for now, and until there's some progress on his deal. This could spark, well, something. Both Evans and Mankins entered this offseason as a restricted free agents, they're separated in age by just 17 months (Mankins is older), and both have been named All-Pro once and played in Pro Bowls in their respective careers.

Now, Evans is considered the best guard in football right now, so it's hard to expect that the Patriots would pay quite the premium that the Saints just did. But Evans's deal could provide some sort of framework for talks.

Remember, the deadline for Mankins to sign his free agent tender is June 15. As we've explained before, if Mankins doesn't sign that day, the club can drop his tender to 110 percent of his 2009 salary. That would mean that tender going from $3.268 million to $1.54 million, costing Mankins $1.728 million. Coincidentally, or perhaps cleverly, the Patriots scheduled their mandatory veteran minicamp for June 15-17.

While we're here, Andrew Brandt's story on Willis and the 49ers exploiting a loophole in the 30 percent rule is up now at the National Football Post. Still, trying to figure whether that could open the door for Tom Brady's new deal. We'll get back to you on that.
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