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Heath Evans agrees to terms with Saints

Posted by Mike Reiss, Globe Staff March 5, 2009 06:15 PM

Fullback Heath Evans, who has been a steady presence for the Patriots over the last three-plus seasons, agreed to terms on a deal with the New Orleans Saints today.

"Heath is a versatile and fundamentally sound fullback who can help our offense in a variety of roles, whether it be as a lead blocker, as a runner or receiving option out of the backfield as well as on special teams,� Saints executive vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement. �He has played in a few different offensive systems and has adapted quickly and been a contributor to all of them.�

Evans' contract is a two-year pact, the Saints announced.

�Heath is a tireless worker and someone we were very impressed with after spending time with him,� Saints head coach Sean Payton said in a statement. �He�s very excited about the various things we do from an offensive perspective and is a well-rounded and versatile player. In addition he has played quite a bit on various special teams units throughout his career and been a reliable and dependable player in many different situations.�

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12 comments so far...
  1. That's too bad... Although, realistically this isn't that big of a blow to the team. Still, Evans has been one of my favorite players. Best of luck in New Orleans, Heath!

    Posted by Dave March 5, 09 06:20 PM
  1. Hopefully Evans plays well in New Orleans.

    Posted by Nate March 5, 09 06:39 PM
  1. This isn't good, Evans was always a great contributor and always seemed to perform well. Mike, any chance we pick up a guy like Lorenzo Neal?

    Posted by Joe G. March 5, 09 06:50 PM
  1. Yeah I liked Heath also but perception wise it didn't seem the patriots used him that much in the offense last year. I am not sure if the stats prove out my perceptions or not though.

    OK i just checked and confirmed it... Last year was his least used year of his Patriots tenure.

    Posted by Mav March 5, 09 06:56 PM
  1. Is it safe to assume the Patriots didn't offer him a contract?

    Posted by alex March 5, 09 07:02 PM
  1. Class act guy. Lots of very good character guys are leaving this offseason, but in Bill Belichick I trust because he's the best mind in football and one of the best coaches of all time.

    Best of luck in New Orleans, Heath!

    Posted by Ryan March 5, 09 07:09 PM
  1. I liked him allot... I will miss him.. Good luck with Saints...

    Posted by Pawan March 5, 09 07:11 PM
  1. Nice guy but will not be missed as we never used him. I am suprised how many interviews a 3rd stringer actually gave.

    Posted by Canpatsfan March 5, 09 07:16 PM
  1. Canpatsfan: We never used him? Okay, he plays in the traditional fullback role about 30% of snaps. And he is a core special teams guy. He wasn't a third stringer. You clearly don't know what you're talking about.

    Posted by Learn March 5, 09 07:26 PM
  1. NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    One of my favorite players. I will greatly miss Heath. I wish him the best in New Orleans.

    Posted by Andrew March 5, 09 07:29 PM
  1. bad move new england-why didn't you sign heath or utilize him enough?

    also,trade for greg lewis blows.for a 5th rd. pick?why not just draft a wide receiver
    late,instead of giving up a pretty high pick.

    new england is slipping.let's see if they (reese) will draft a priority for defense.i have my doubts.

    Posted by dustin mcsweeney March 5, 09 10:24 PM
  1. I think this is a stupid move. I think a lot of the Patriots moves over the last 2-3 years have been outright stupid. This isn't quite as bad as not resigning Samuel before his free agent year, but it is quite stupid nonetheless.

    Posted by Veeve March 6, 09 09:48 AM
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