The Green Bay Packers have signed veteran offensive lineman Jahri Evans as they look to fill a hole up front left by the departure of free agent-right guard T.J. Lang.
Terms of the agreement were not announced Wednesday by general manager Ted Thompson.
Evans, 33, started all 16 games for the Saints last season and 169 games in all since New Orleans picked him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL draft.
Evans did leave New Orleans briefly last year to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, who cut him before the regular-season opener. Evans then re-signed with the Saints for a one-year deal in September.
Evans played last season for $1 million, but at one point he was the NFL’s highest-paid guard thanks to a seven-year, $56.7 million deal he signed in 2010.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said last week that the Packers did not necessarily need to draft a starter to replace Lang, who left via free agency (Lions). He expressed confidence that among the trio of Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy and Lucas Patrick, a capable replacement would emerge.
“I don’t know that we need a guy in the draft. I really don’t,” Rodgers said. “I like the guys that we have, and I think there’s going to be a great competition between those guys.”