The New Orleans Saints are remaking their roster.
With teams being permitted to begin releasing players Monday, the Saints quickly parted ways with guard Jahri Evans, linebackers Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne and wide receiver Seantavius Jones.
Evans, who spent 10 seasons with the Saints, was a four-time All-Pro and made six Pro Bowls. He was selected in the fourth round out of the 2006 draft out of Bloomsburg.
Hawthorne hooked on with the Saints in 2012. He began to slide down the depth chart last season after New Orleans added Stephone Anthony. Hau’oli Kikaha and Dannell Ellerbe at linebacker.
Hawthorne appeared in 11 games last season, starting five, and finished with 31 tackles. He was expected to compete for the starting spot at middle linebacker after Curtis Lofton was released last season, but was beaten out by the rookie Anthony.
His release will save the Saints $2.25 million against the cap, though he will carry a hit of $2.26 million in dead money. He was due to be paid a $500,000 roster bonus on the third day of the league year.
Humber, who hooked on with the Saints in 2010, served as a core special teams player and reserve linebacker. His release will save the Saints $900,000 against the salary cap.
Jones hooked on with the Saints as an undrafted free agent last season and spent the bulk of the past two seasons on the practice squad. He spent three games on the active roster last season, serving primarily on special teams.
Coach Sean Payton voiced confidence in Jones prior to last season, pointing to him as one of the players who could help fill the void created by the departures of tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Kenny Stills, but he failed to claim a roster spot.
WELCOME BACK, CARTER
The Saints brought back defensive back Tony Carter on Monday.
The veteran defensive back spent some time with the Saints in December before being released at the end of the year.
New Orleans apparently informed Brandon Browner of his release last week, as the cornerback posted on social media that he had been released, though the move is still not official.
Carter did not appear in any games for the Saints. He spent the bulk of his first six seasons in Denver, with a brief stop in New England, and played three games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2015.
Some of the moves made Monday appeared to be influence by the bonuses due to players. The same things could influence roster moves in the near future.
Here’s a look at some other players due bonuses, according to league sources:
T Zach Strief
Strief is due a $1.5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year. If he cracks the roster, he can earn up to $900,000 in per game bonuses.
RB C.J. Spiller
His $1.7 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year.
LB Dannell Ellerbe
The linebacker is due a $1 million roster bonus on the third day of the league year.
WR Marques Colston
Colston has a $500,000 roster bonus due on the third day of the league year.
P Thomas Morstead
Morstead is due a $400,000 roster bonus he is due on the fifth day of the league year should not be a major concern.
DE Cam Jordan
The defensive end is due to be paid a $6 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year. This will likely be converted to a signing bonus.