January 24, 2011

Evans named to AP All-Pro team

Saints RG Jahri Evans was named to the AP All-Pro team this year, the lone starter on the team for the Saints.

Evans has been named to the team for two straight years, and was named to the team this year despite a dramatic uptick in holding penalties this year. Evans led the NFL in holding penalties. 



A year-long, league-wide increase in holding penalties in the 2010 represent a larger trend, however. 

ESPN's John Clayton named Saints LG Carl Nicks to his All-Pro team, commenting on Evans' season as well: "The best guard duo in the league is Nicks and Jahri Evans, but Evans' league-high nine holding penalties kept Nicks in this slot."

Nicks is set to be a restricted free agent in 2011, if the rules of the old CBA are carried through into the next offseason.  That is unlikely to happen, and Nicks could instead be an unrestricted free agent. 

Evans signed a massive contract last offseason, the largest in league history for an offensive guard.

Named to the second team were both Saints free safeties Darren Sharper and Malcolm Jenkins, who tied five other safeties with one of the possible 50 votes.  Sharper was named despite not being a major contributor this offseason and missing half the season.  No offense to the potential future Hall of Famer, but Sharper's AP All-Pro nod for 2010 is likely due to voting mistake.

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