For the moment, the Saints have been unable to put pen to paper on a new long-term contract with star right guard Jahri Evans.
For the moment, he will be protected by the highest possible restricted free agent tender, a one-year, $3.168 million offer.
It is still possible any day for the Saints to sign Evans to a multi-year contract.
Compensation, should another team use the restricted free agency system to pry Evans away, would be in the form of 1st and 3rd round draft picks. That is not likely to happen.