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Buffalo Bills may have interest in two released New Orleans Saints

Two players released by the Saints could be on Buffalo's radar.

Monday started the process of NFL teams trying to free up cap space by releasing players and NFL fans saying, "(Insert favorite team) should sign him!"

No team made more releases on Monday than the New Orleans Saints and there are actually two players who could legitimately interest the Buffalo Bills. Right guard Jahri Evans and linebacker David Hawthorne were among New Orleans' releases and both could be fits for the Bills.

Last year, Buffalo attempted to trade for Evans unsuccessfully according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.


One year later, the Bills are now free to pursue Evans as a free agent. Evans, a four time first-team All-Pro and six time Pro Bowler, isn't the dominant guard that he once was, but he is still a quality starter in the NFL. Finding a way to add Evans to the roster would give the interior of Buffalo's offensive line a boost. It's expected that Buffalo will re-sign Richie Incognito in free agency and the interior could include Incognito, Eric Wood, and Evans. 

Currently, John Miller is expected to start at right guard. However, sitting behind Evans for a year could do wonders for Miller's game. Miller struggled as a rookie with Buffalo and could benefit learning from a talented veteran like Evans. Buffalo's interest in Evans was legitimate last season, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Bills pursue him again.

The other recently released player from the Saints to keep an eye on is Hawthorne. Buffalo's linebackers struggled in 2015, so the Bills may kick the tires on Hawthorne. He's played under Rob Ryan so he already has knowledge of the type of defense Buffalo wants to run in 2016. Hawthorne isn't a player to get too excited about, however. The linebacker has been a liability in coverage and has had issues with missed tackles, but he has had some success in run defense. If Buffalo were to add Hawthorne, he'd have to win a roster spot in training camp.

Cuts across the NFL are just getting starting, but two former Saints players could draw interest from Buffalo.


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