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Seahawks sign guard Jahri Evans

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 Jahri Evans #73 of the New Orleans Saints reacts on the sideline during a preseason game against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on August 9, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jahri Evans #73 of the New Orleans Saints reacts on the sideline during a preseason game against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on August 9, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks signed former New Orleans Saints All-Pro guard Jahri Evans following practice on Saturday.

Evans, who turns 33 on Aug. 22, was released by the Saints in February. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro during his 10 years in New Orleans.

The Seahawks are hoping Evans can add some veteran leadership to an offensive line that is relatively thin on experience. Evans has 153 starts. The rest of the Seahawks’ offensive line has just 136 combined.

To clear room on the roster, the Seahawks released guard Kona Schwenke.

In addition, the team waived/injured tight end Cooper Helfet (broken foot), tight end Ronnie Shields (Achilles), fullback Brandon Cottom (Achilles), fullback Tre Madden (shoulder) and defensive end David Perkins (ankle). They signed fullback Jonathan Amosa, wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu, running back Troymaine Pope, tight end Joe Sommers and linebacker Kache Palacio.