By: Derek Havens
Former Patriots and Saints fullback, Heath Evans, is now a free agent. After several years with the New Orleans Saints, he is now back on the market. A few weeks ago, Evans had a conversation with WEEI’s Christopher Price that caught my eye. When discussing his free agent options, Evans had this to say –
“New Orleans would still be my first pick, because how I get used — I get my hands on the ball and get on the field more,” Evans said, per Christopher Price of WEEI.com. “But what I learned in New England is irreplaceable. It’s all about humble leadership. They do things the right way, which is very attractive to a player.”
Evans won a Super Bowl with the Saints, but he arrived in New England after the team won its third Super Bowl.
“In my four years there, I learned so much football,” Evans said. “I am forever indebted to Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli and Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison and guys like that — they taught me how to become a true professional. I loved my time in New England and it made me the player that I am today.”
I’m not sure how Heath would fit in the New England offense now compared to his first stint with the club. However, now that fullback/running back Sammy Morris seems to be on his way out, Evans could once again land in New England. Even with the new rookie backs in Ridley and Vereen, there is still an opening for a veteran blocking back.
I feel that if Belichick made the call to resign Evans, the club would benefit from the move. Even though the backfield could be crowded, the team usually brings in veterans to mentor the younger players. He is familiar with the system and is obviously open to a return. With all of the free agent options available, Evans should be one name Patriots Nation keeps in mind as the off season continues to develop.
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