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Jahri Evans drew interest from Eagles before he signed with Seahawks, per report

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The Philadelphia Eagles showed some interest in free agent offensive guard Jahri Evans before he signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, according to a report from ESPN insider Adam Caplan.

Evans, who turns 33 later this month, was released by the New Orleans Saints earlier this offseason. The Philadelphia native (and minority owner of the Philadelphia Soul) made six straight Pro Bowl appearances from 2009 through 2014, but he dealt with injury issues last year. The Saints cut Evans to create more salary cap room.

Former Saints and current Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins tried to recruit Evans to Philadelphia earlier this offseason. The Eagles didn't have a need for the veteran guard, however, after signing Brandon Brooks and Stefen Wisniewski in free agency.

The Eagles' interest in Evans is interesting. One would assume they would have wanted him to compete and/or replace incumbent starting left guard Allen Barbre. The thing is, the Eagles already have Wisniewski and third round pick Isaac Seumalo competing for that job. Wisniewski has stood out in training camp while playing right guard in place of the previously injured Brooks.

It's also interesting to see that the Eagles aren't shying away from seasoned veterans. The Birds reportedly showed "real interest" in the 35-year-old Anquan Boldin before he signed with the Lions last week. Philadelphia is counting on a 35-year-old Jason Peters to start at left tackle and recently signed 33-year-old Darren Sproles to a one-year extension.

The Eagles made a number of moves this offseason with a long-term focus in mind. Howie Roseman made a big trade to get Carson Wentz and handed out a lot of contract extensions to retain a core group of players. At the same time, the short-term hasn't been totally ignored. Philadelphia re-signed Sam Bradford and has shown interest in other veterans.

It's clear the Eagles want to build for the long-term without having to sacrifice much short-term success.